Well, after their 2009 title win, Kobe has proved that he CAN INDEED win without Shaq, but here's a new insult for him: can he win one without FISHER? ALL 4 OF HIS TITLES (1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2008-09)have come with Fisher as his tag team partner in the Lakers' backcourt.
I don't think Fisher left the Lakers but the concern is that he is starting to show his age, I'm not sure he can be a big time contributer on a Championship team anymore. I think the bigger question is can Kobe win without Ariza. After Kobe he probably was their most important player in the playoffs.
Artest is one of the toughest competitors in the NBA. He dribbles and holds the ball too much sometimes, but I think he's an improvement over Ariza. Bynum should be better this year as well. I think the Lakers are an improved team. As long as they stay healthy they should take on Shaq and Lebron in the finals. Ooooh. That will be good.
Laker fans really don't understand what just happened to them. The Detroit incident was only the most publicized of his blowups. The Ron Artest Show plays 24/7/365 and ALWAYS wears down the team he plays for. He is a freaking disaster.
I think the Mavs really earned it, 2-0, as of today May 5. Dirk is hard to stop. Plus Only three NBA teams have come back to win a best-of-seven series after losing the first two at home. They are in the same situation...