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Lakers writers discuss Wednesday's news [Video]

December 7, 2011 |  5:15 pm

After the Lakers were eliminated in the second-round of the playoffs last season, Magic Johnson said that owner Jerry Buss needs to "blow this team up," echoing a sentiment that many analysts and fans had vocalized during the Mavericks' four-game sweep.

Lakers forward Pau Gasol, however, made it clear that he disagrees during an interview Wednesday at the team's training facility.

Asked if the team could win a championship with its current roster, he said, "Absolutely."

 Ben Bolch and Mark Medina, who write about the Lakers for The Times, aren't so sure.

In the video above, they discuss Gasol's comments and offer their own insights on the trade speculation, which includes whispers that Dwight Howard and Chris Paul could potentially don purple and gold uniforms.

According to Medina, the team needs a major roster change.

"You look at the age of this roster, it's going to be very difficult for them to compete with young teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat," Medina said. "As much as the Lakers want to move past last year's playoff showing, they're still feeling some of the lingering affects."

Regardless of how the Buss family and General Manager Mitch Kupchak decide to proceed, Gasol vowed that this season will play out differently.

"We'll go to war with the team we end up having, no matter who's on it," he said.


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--Melissa Rohlin