Slowly, agonizingly, Laker fans are facing the reality that the NBA’s great players don’t have to wear Laker raiment to feel complete.

They might need therapy to handle this. And it might take more than 12 steps.

The latest destiny’s child was supposed to be Kevin Love. From the moment he expressed weariness with Minnesota, Lakers fans nodded their heads expectantly. Let’s see –- win the lottery, draft Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker, get Kobe Bryant rolling again, and trade whomever’s left for Love and sign him. How could Kevin Durant or any future legend resist that?

This is what happens when you sit in too many traffic jams and get fined for watering your yard. You lose touch.

The plans are for Minnesota to trade Love to Cleveland in exchange for Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a first-round draft pick in 2015.

Then Love will become a free agent after next season, which is when LeBron James can opt out. They will sing “Wind Beneath My Wings,” commit the rest of their careers to the Cavaliers, win multiple championships, purify Lake Erie, and buy the Indians and make them a winner, too.