The duo sometimes leans on what they refer to as Lakers DNA — core pillars and characteristics they look for in players to add to their rebuild. Among those traits are a high basketball IQ, a healthy obsession with basketball, strong work ethic and habits, and a burning desire to win.
Before the Lakers set out to land superstars like LeBron James and Paul George in free agency in the coming weeks — superstars who embody all of those traits — Johnson and Pelinka exposed their young core to some of the most successful individuals on the planet.
Pelinka also wants to see his players develop diverse interests off the court, much like Bryant, who became an Academy Award-winning filmmaker (animated short category) after retiring. It’s why the Lakers GM — who constantly is reading up on what made some of history’s most successful figures like Leonardo da Vinci tick — organized team field trips to Broadway’s Hamilton and Musk’s SpaceX, where Walton and his players were surprised to see how young many of Musk’s brightest rocket scientists are.
But for argument’s sake, let’s say you’re taking one season of both players at their primes. Do you opt for Favre’s freewheeling style and Moss’s uncoverable deep ball? Rodgers’ rocket arm and Johnson’s absurd combination of size, speed, and strength? Or Brady’s unflappable winning ways and Brown’s ability to create big plays out of thin air?
If you ask me, Moss is the best receiver in NFL history. Many would say Jerry Rice, and there are plenty of numbers to back that up. Rice dominates every receiving record in the books. But hurl a ball into double coverage and there’s absolutely no receiver I’d trust more than Moss to go up and get it.
He’s so synonymous with catches over helpless defensive backs that the NFL’s equivalent to getting dunked on is getting Moss-ed.
During the best season of his career — the Patriots’ 16-0 regular season in 2007 — Moss caught an NFL-record 23 touchdowns in a New England offense that threw deep often.
Now imagine Moss being paired with the guy who immediately pops into your head when someone says a quarterback is a gunslinger.