Most people that i have talked to say the lakers need big help if they are going to get a ring anytime soon. I disagree. i think the team they have is capable of a championship in 2 maybe 3 years. they are all young, with the exception of Kobe, and maybe Lamar. i think smush will grow and become a great guard in the NBA. Granted he will be a role player, but he will be a premiere guard. not Nash caliber, but maybe SAM Cassel. maybe tony parker, maybe even in his time, Chauncey billups. another player is Sasha Vujacic he will be another great role player. he will develop and contribute a great deal to the success of the lakers. he is going to be a great 3 point shooter in the league. just wait and see. with kwame's development at center and maybe Chris mihm will figure something out, and Andrew bynum learning and growing every day. we will have a front court that will be good enough to keep the pressure off the perimeter shooters. By the way have i mentioned who is working with the centers, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. all that and Lamar, Kobe, Devon George. i think they will get a ring with this team in the next couple years. this year Devon George is a free agent. lakers have showed interest in him. hopefully he will sign again. Luke Walton has came to his own. he will also contribute greatly to the success of this team. not so much this year, but don't forget about Aaron McKee. winning the sixth man award years ago, he will be good relief for the starters of this team. he is tough and will cause problems for the opposing team with his great strength and shooting ability. McKee will also contribute on the defensive end. with all of these pieces, Kobe playing better and being a team player, and the greatest coach ever. lakers will be back up at the top. so for all you laker haters be ready.