Every year a team is different. Can't talk about previous years facing a team. Doesn't work like that.
Like I said earlier, Nuggets lost earlier in the season because of a lack of identity and key players being out.
Every team has problems going against certain teams. It just happens.
But to think the Nuggets are "lower" than you guys is dumb, and thats the impression i'm getting with some of you.
Lakers aren't making any good news right now. They're making SC because of how bad they are on the court with such a "great" roster. Not something to be prideful of. Trust me, I'm a long time Knicks fan. I know what that's like.
Lakers need a lot of work and it's pretty early, but I doubt they get past the second round. They just don't have the right things in place to win. Kobe's will to win only goes so far.
Lack of a bench, old roster that isn't playing together, Dwight Howard with his erratic play, Nash not guaranteed to make it the rest of the season (You guys have a great medical staff, but it's not Phoenix), a stubborn coach who throws players in the doghouse and wont commit to defense. Mix all that together and put in Kobe who is arguably the greatest basketball player in this millennium and the Lakers seem like an extension of a Ringling Brothers side show.
I'm not hating (have to say it, because Lord know how sensitive some of you are), but it's what's going on. I hope you guys do well, I really do, but I wouldn't be shocked if the Lakers got knocked out second round or gets a low 5-8 seed.
it's not being sensitive man.. just hear yourself for one second .. you said Nugs lost earlier because of lack of identity and key players out.. the Lakers are not the same?
We don't think they're " Lower " than us, i just have an issue with you saying they're a match-up nightmare for the Lakers while they're 1-1 this season
You're not hating yet you doubt them getting past 2nd round in december on Nash second game back and overall unhealthy starters..
What identity issues do you guys have? MDA is pretty clear cut on what he wants out of his team. Run and gun and high tempo offense. Straight forward.
Do you HONESTLY believe the Lakers at this point in time can contend for a championship? Honestly.
Barring any injuries from other teams, the Lakers don't have a great chance. But that's not to say they cant improve and get better. I voted for you guys winning 40-49 games. I think you guys will win around 45 games give or take. But to make it deep in the playoffs? You need to have a deep bench, cohesive unit, defensive intensity and a coach that knows what he's doing.
It's highly doubtful all of that happens this year. Now, if you manage to trade Gasol, get wing players and hybrids who can shoot, Nash plays like circa 03-07 Nash and Dwight becomes the defensive consistent anchor that he's supposed to be, then I'd give you guys a GREAT chance.
Honestly, right now you guys are a great paper team. Again, no hate, bro. These are all facts and i'm sure a lot of people will agree.