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Last week after a 149-day lockout the NBA players association and owners union finally came to a tentative agreement, and for the religious sports fans like myself it can’t come soon enough.

With the first game of a shortened 66-game-season set to begin on Christmas day, many teams are left now scrambling to prepare for opening day.

And as a Lakers fan I’m dying to see what they have in the works.

The season is shorter and they haven’t practiced together. The ever-wise Phil Jackson is gone, and they have a new less experienced coach in Mike Brown. In addition, their players are getting old and are banged up.

With so many different variables facing the Lakers organization I’m not worried, in fact I’m looking forward to this new change. This may sound pretty “zen-like,” but the only thing permanent is change. It’s all part of the conversion process.

With that being said, I’m looking forward to big adjustments and changes within the Lakers framework. I’m interested in witnessing the new leadership that Mike Brown brings. But most of all I’m interested in seeing the new acquisitions the team will receive.

So far I’m hearing names tossed around such as Chris Paul, in which we definitely could use a great starting point guard. Let’s face it Derek Fisher isn’t getting any younger, and we need a pair of quick legs to run the triangle offense.

Dwight Howard is another big name that I’d love to see come to L.A. According to rumors floating around, he wants to play for the Lakers, and for Kobe and Howard to be on the same team together is what avid fans have fantasized about ever since last season. In order to change for the better and make this deal happen, I would give up Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom (sorry guys, I do appreciate your contributions though). Plus with Howard playing in L.A., he’d still be able to keep his Disney endorsement, so it makes perfect sense for him.

But wait there’s more! Let’s dream a little bigger and aspire a little greater, because in a recent ESPN article there were discussions of the Lakers pursuing both Paul and Howard. Now how does that sound?

Sounds like I’m ready for the season to start.

However, Lakers’ fans we’re not alone. Sources say that cross town rival the Clippers also have intentions to go after both Howard and Paul. And like the Lakers, the Clippers are positioned — financially and talent-wise to make such a move, as well.

Hopefully the Lakers can begin the 2011-2012 season acquiring both Paul and Howard, but either or, whoever we receive, there is going to be changes and adjustments made.

In order to embrace such new growth, you must leave behind the old practices of the past. And believe me, Kobe left those old practices behind when they got swept by the Mavericks in the playoffs last season.