Originally posted by kray28:Originally posted by LA9erFan:Originally posted by StOnEy333:
Can we just start basketball season already?
I think the Lakers are going to get off to a rough start. Not having Bynum means that Odom starts, and there's no one to tie together the bench. Our two best bench guys after him are new, so there's going to be an adjustment period. And on top of everything else, Kobe's still recovering from the knee surgery and may not be himself for the first month or so.
The 2008 team with the Fish-Kobe-Vlad-Lamar-Pau starting lineup made it to the Finals with no Bynum at all.
There are several wrinkles in play now:
1. Everyone's a bit older.
2. Kobe's going to start slow with the knee.
3. Ron's needs to start getting the Tri now.
4. Bench is completely different with Blake and Barnes.
5. Early schedule is somewhat challenging.
But I think we will survive it fine and have a strong record as well.
True. I'd add...
6. This team's won back-to-back titles and has nothing to prove in the regular season.
I think that's a big factor when determining regular season wins. In 2000, we won 67 games and then got the title against Indiana. The next two seasons we only won 56 & 58 games, and yet still got it done in the postseason. In 2009, we won 65, and that dropped to 57 last year.
I just think it's hard (and probably counterproductive) for a team to go balls out for 82 games when they've come off of a title. It's very possible that their Give-A-s**t-O-Meter is pretty low in November & December.
This squad is easily more talented than the two previous teams though. My biggest worry is Kobe's health/regression, because he's still the sun that everyone else orbits around.
[ Edited by LA9erFan on Oct 13, 2010 at 13:28:10 ]