And thus the final link to the championship Lakers teams of the early 2000's is gone. I miss those days.
Devean was criminally underused in the last season, especially during the playoffs, since he was (as aforementioned) the only Laker other than Kobe with championship experience. I would have much rather seen the ball in his hands than Smush Parker's or Kwame Brown's.
It's not like AI being in slight decline and missing games to injury is an anomality...guys who drive to the basket 10 times per game and get pounded on tend to fade fast in the NBA once the beating takes its toll.