The Lakers, with the addition of Howard and Nash, look like the best team to me, at least on paper. They of course have not yet played a game together. so we'll see. It took the Heat some time to jell together. What the Lakers have that the Heat don't is a real center.
I def agree with you. The lakers are going to have a really dominate team. Some say including Nash will hurt Kobe's points but i see it helping Kobe out a lot. Nash with his great passing game and getting people open will help out alot. And nash can shoot so other teams also have to watch that too. And thats just mentioning just two players. Adding Howard is just crazy. Since Lakers have always been my team im setting pretty happy as of now. Thanks for the comment
Yeah, it will be real interesting to see how these guys play together. I'm not a Lakers fan. I don't really have a favorite team. I used to be a Cavs fan when they had LeBron and go to some games. Now I root against the Heat.
Lakers in my opinion is one of the most powerful team in the NBA. They should be much more stronger now with Nash And Dwight...not sure though what is happening these day with 6 (or 7, is it) straight loss. I'm sure they'll pull the string back to the court. I'm not a big fan of Kobe though (he's got attitude), no doubt he's a great player but I love Nash and Dwight. (:
no, no, Noe fans will hate the Lakers (except Kobe) because they are also trying to buy a championship. How will it play out? Like 2004? Like the Eagles? Like the Heat their 1st season? I still like the Heat this year. The Heat have a significantly better bench acquiring Ray Allen, Rashard Lewis, Mike Miller, etc..
I think the Lakers are old and prone to injury. But even with 2 out of those 4 guys , it will be a challenge for any team. If you are a true sports fan, you cannot teach team chemistry and OKC has that for sure. The Lakers do not . I still favor OKC over them. Even OKC's bench is better than the Lakers.
Howard is over-rated and gets in foul trouble a lot, can't shoot FTs & coming off a back surgery too. Hack-a Howard. I saw him during my year stay in Tampa on TV and Bynum is a much better offensive player. The game has changed to favor guards and forwards. Centers are not what a team will build around so much. You build around a Durant, Rose, LeBron, Kobe. Nash is the true significant upgrade to me. Can't say nuthin' bad about him. If that clicks well, it could be "we are the champions" songs again for LA. It will be close that's for sure.
I think they'll do a lil better than what you make them out to be. Team chemistry is important but i think they'll have it being an older team. Great ball players can transition into team chemistry pretty well. And i think we're going to see a much better Howard than years past. He's on a winning team thats known for winning championships and getting good players so he's going to be a happy player. In orlando he was never happy with being there. Heck i really dont blame him too much. But i guess we'll have to wait and see how it all plays out. OKC are a really great team as well.
Kobe dominated when he had Shaq. Even though he's getting long in the tooth, I suspect he'll do the same with Howard. Nash will add even more to the mix. But they have to do it quick. This year, next year. They can't afford to fool around with it like the Heat did.
Yea they dont have too many more good years left in them. But im sure they will pick up some young guns to go along with them in the next few years as well. Howard is a dominate player when he wants to be.
"Howard is a dominant player when he wants to be" - ditto for Bynum.
Kobe did co-exist with Gary Payton in 2004 and they went to the finals and lost to the defensive beast, the Pistons . Shaq was coming off 3 finals MVPs the previous 3 years.
I don't think they'll see a dominant defense from the east or west so the path seems clear. My only concern is Nash's health (his back). So, offense is no problem, rebounding is no problem and the Heat will be a jump shooting team as will the Thunder.
I think Kobe and Nash will motivate Howard to play better than he ever has before. It's not like he has played with Hall of Famers, and now he has two of them. Nash will get Howard some easy baskets. He can't really create his own shots much. I think Howard is going to be a total beast and not just a guy who can block shots and dunk.
Yea i think the same. Should be an interesting season. Kobe is my fav player, and he always does pretty good every season. He still has plenty of seasons left in him. And Howard will play better than he ever has with having leaders like Nash and Kobe.
All I know is the Lakers lost 2 games to OKC in the playoffs they could've won. Artest said it as well. They were winning that one game easily the whole way through into the 4th qtr. What were they doing? feeding Bynum in the post in the 1st half. But they went away from that in the 2nd half. Bynum is a great FT shooter & has a better post game by far. All they needed was Nash as an upgrade, not Howard.
This is true, only thing i don't like about Bynum and Howard. Both of them acted like babies during the season. I hate seeing that from players that are making so much money in the NBA. But i agree with your post.
But one thing for sure. This will be one of the most exciting NBA seasons since the mid 90s. So many good teams to watch. It wont be "turrible" (as Barkley would say). I like it when really 3 or 4 teams could win it all (Heat, L.A., or OKC). Makes it more interesting. The Spurs are still tough but old. My sleeper team is Denver.
I have to agree with you only that the best team at the beginning of the season isn't the one the has the best team. A lot of people forget about the Bulls. And, ya, I know they don't have a large number of superstars, but they could definitely play as a team. They proved that many times by winning continuously when D Rose was out with an injury. Granted, they would not win a championship without Rose, but if Rose hadn't had the season ending injury, they would've given the Heat a better run for their money (And, yes, I'm a Bulls fan).
I constantly get a bunch of crap for this since I live in Ohio, but the best team at the end of last season, WAS the Heat. And, I'm happy that LeBron finally got his. They do lack a center, but the addition of Ray Allen!..standby for a repeat. I'm rooting for the Bulls, betting on the Heat.
It has been proven a few times. You put two superstars together in the NBA and they win it all. Not just all-stars. Magic/Kareem and some all-stars (Worthy & Scott), MJ/Pippen & a great supporting cast, Kobe/Shaq (+Horry & supporting cast), KG,Pierce,Allen,Rondo, now LeBron & Wade, Wade was NOT playing 100% last year b/c of injuries. So, expect him to be his old self this year. Now they get Allen and Rashard Lewis off the bench & ?? Miami still needs a rebounder off the bench. L.A. still has no bench unless you are a huge Steve Blake fan. Can L.A. play as a true team like the Cs did? With Nash and Gasol being as unselfish as they are, I think so. So, we have 4 solid teams (L.A., OKC Chi-town and Miami) And don't dismiss the hungry Clippers/Nuggets/& Spurs. One of them could take out OKC or Lakers if they play lights out. The Clips are 9 or 10 deep. Don't underestimate them with a healthy Chris Paul,an improving Griffin and their 2nd unit.
C'mon man. Lakers have old guys in 4 of 5 positions in starting line-up and on the bench. Dream teams tend to never excel. Miami has 2 1/2 superstars,. L.A. has 3 former MVPs but 3 of the starters are old and Artest just turned 33. It won't be the same starting 5 next year,. Gasol and Artest will be out along with a younger bench. Kobe is still 27 yrs old b/c he is not from this world.
I didn't get to see the Lakers game last night. Apparently it wasn't on the NBA channels.
But I have to believe the Lakers would have been better off running the Triangle with Phil Jackson rather than D'Antoni's system where you keep the big guys out of the lane. Doesn't make much sense to me when you got Howard and Gasol.
Lakers seem to be back in the mix but they played nobody so far(except San Antonio & lost) Yes, the Clippers and Grizzlies are for real. OKC too. Durant got a triple-double expanding his game. So, Kobe got one too the same night. Carmelo had 29pts and "0" assists. Now that's a "C'mon Man". And with all those shooters in NY (Felton, Novak, JR Smith) . They do a lot better w/o Amare. He's gone in my opinion. What a season people!!
For me it is the Heat or Spurs. OKC will play the same way against Spurs in the playoffs but Popovich will do something different to beat them this time.With Miami's great defense, I see them winning again.
There really isn't a "best" team.....there are several very good teams......no one team is dominate....The Clippers had their hot streak, as well as the Spurs & Thunder, now its the Heat & the Nuggets......Who ever is hot and healthy come June......is the best team.
its not even a question. With the Miami Heat making history winning 22 games in a row (about to win 23rd) they are a very consistent team, and answering your question the best. The only teams that can match up with them would be the Pacers, or the Thunder. Any other team could steal a couple games from them, but not beat them four out of seven games in the playoffs. Once they figured out that it was Lebron's team and not Wade's they took off. This year they acquired more role players like Ray Allen for threes and Chris Anderson for defensive purposes. Mario Chalmers has also blossomed into a nice three point shooter as well. I don't see them being stopped for a few more years until Lebron is a free agent
@Adogg, the Nuggets have beaten good teams but the Heat dominated the Thunder recently, dominated the Pacers, and beat the rest. They are just cruising through in 3rd or 4th gear, once playoffs start, even more defensive intensity. I like George Karl & the Nuggets' roster. I always thought they got the better deal in the Melo trade. Gallinari, Chandler, & Mozgov, plus they already had McGee, Lawson, Andre Miller, and rising star Fareed. The Lakers were getting hot at the right time but with Kobe not 100% I don't think they'll go too far.
I watched the Heat and Cavs last night and the Heat again impressed me with coming back from 27 points down in the game and barely winning after stopping the Cavs when ahead by 1 with 27 seconds left and the Cavs with the ball.
Actually, it was a very intense game and the Cavs players and fans were really into it, despite having an obviously inferior team.
Yes, it was a great comeback, but no, it wasn't a great win. The one thing it does show me about the Heat, is that even when they are having a really bad game, they can find a way to win. That's one of the marks of a champion.
It was a nice comeback.....but impressive? not really. The Cavs are missing their top 3 scorers/players, they should have never been up by 27 in the first place, especially against the Heat. They made an epic comeback against a weak team missing its 3 best players.
As a fan, all teams have off nights in a half or the whole game. It's a road game and you're the defending champs. Every team will give their best effort. Lakers lost by 20+ to the Suns (on the road). The wizards were playing some good ball for a stretch not too long ago. No team can be taken for granted. A good win is a playoff race win or a win in the playoffs. The Thunder lost to a mediocre team recently. There is no gimme. The Lakers came back from 25 down against Charlotte, the Heat came back from 27 down. Bad teams don't do this. True contenders do. A healthy Lakers roster could play this Heat team in the finals. I'd give it to the Lakers if all players are healthy since their bench has gotten better (Earl Clark or Gasol, Blake, Jamison, maybe Jordan Hill will be back too) L.A. has played OKC and the Spurs pretty tough. Imagine D'antoni with a ring. Now that's some weird ____
Although the Lakers have struggled throughout the season, including tonight where they lost to the Wizards, they are still going to win the championship. Heat fans grab your pacifiers, its gonna be a rough post season. Lakers in 6.
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