As long as Phil Jackson isn't there, the Lakers aren't going ANYWHERE. Kobe can't play facilitator. He NEEDS the triangle.
Aight, lemme end this with a KO right now:
Ryne Sandberg: 9282 PA | 4.05 fWAR/600 | 4.2 rWAR/600 PA
Chase Utley: 5128 PA | 6.32 fWAR/600 PA | 6.26 rWAR/600 PA
Utley has 1/2 as many PAs right now...thats definitely whats hurting his HOF hopes, but he has been clearly more valuable than Sandberg in his career. If he can get another 2000 PA (3 full seasons) of 4.5+ WAR rate, then he >>> Sandbage