I've seen it opinionated in a few different places now how Phoneix, LA and Dallas are making their recent trade moves to place themselves in a position to compete at high levels in 2 or 3 years .... inferring they're being done so those teams can hold their own against Oden and company.
But I don't see it that way. I'm sure the Phoneix move was to try to get to the finals THIS year. 2 or 3 years from now Shaq may not even be standing and Nash is iffy too. Same with
Dallas regarding their attempts to aquire Kidd. Do you really think they want Kidd so they can compete with the Blazers in 2 or 3 years? He'll probably be retired in 3 years. Kidd they hope, will help them get to the top this year.
With Koby being younger and still at the top of his game, the Laker's move is a little different in that it should benefit them not only in the immediate future but down the road a few years as well.
I guess what I'm saying is that to me it's pretty arrogant of us to be thinking these trades are directly attributed to the fear that this up-and-coming steam roller of a team from Portland is striking into the hearts of the NBA nation.
I think most teams are aware that we could be pretty good, but there is a LOT to prove yet ... not the least of which revolves around Oden getting and staying healthy.