The Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban, seems to think there's trouble in Los Angeles. He recently said,
"The Lakers have done this before. Gary Payton and Karl Malone and Kobe and Shaq were all together, and it didn't work. It takes great chemistry. ... It takes guys wanting to be there. I don't know if all their guys want to be there."
He may be alluding to the supposition that Dwight Howard doesn't want to be there, but from all indications, Dwight is having a pretty good time in LA and even bought a multi-million dollar mansion... in cash.
It's possible that Lamar Odom aired some dirty laundry when he played for the Mavs, and Cuban thinks some people are still unhappy in LA.
Or maybe he's just bitter because the Mavs cleared cap space, whiffed on Deron Williams and Dwight, and previously let Steve Nash go.
Cuban went on to say:
"It's going to be interesting. Look, they're going to have a great team, but I remember when we made our run, we weren't supposed to win any series. Remember the Lakers were the defending champs, and we swept them and they had everybody back. A lot of teams do a great job of winning the summer, but I never get so antsy about what happens over the summer. I just want to know what happens during the season. As long as we keep on getting better and we're healthy going into the playoffs, then anything can happen."
Yeah, it sounds like he might just be bitter. Cuban went on to say his team will play well this year.
They probably will, but they're likely not going to be a serious championship contender. This has to be frustrating for any owner, especially one who is as much a fan of his team as anyone else.