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@thenotoriousmob It's ok, when they inevitably flame out in the playoffs us internet armchair commentators can gloat on how we called all this in september, etc etc. Altho it will be painful to see Nash ring-less, again. Pity.
Nuggets def. will be a team that people sleep on. Also underestimated: Dallas - who did the whole "Veteran rebuild" thing the Right way, not with 2 major splashy pieces at the price of sacrificing youth/depth.
Clippers still have CP & Blake, those two alone will be a tough 2nd round out. Anddd my personal favorite - the T-WOLVES. Klove takes his game to All-NBA levels after his Olympic experience, Rubio returns hungrier and more experienced (& it's not like his game is dependent on explosion anyways, as opposed to say Rose. Sigh.) Add in all the various quirky (white) players Kahn has assembled (AK47!!!) and they will surprise people. Bet on it.
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@thenotoriousmob I feel this too. Even in a vacuum you look at this team and can't help but see the 2004 Lakers more so than the 2008 Celtics (which, people forget, had young Rondo & Perk for youth). And then you take into account their competition and things get really dicey. The Thunder are only getting better and tougher and will stay just as young and athletic. And it's not like LA was on the BRINK of a title last year, JUST losing in 7 in the WCF or Finals. They lost in the 2nd round. In 5. They lost in the 2nd round the year before that, too FWIW. Sure adding the players they have added helps but there was a big chasm for them to begin with to even catch up to Miami/OKC, much less surpass them. And don't forget Mike Brown has a history of not being able to sort out offensive issues, which will be sure to crop up when Pau and Howard go for months on end combing for 15 shots a game or so. Having the two most ball-dominant guards of their generation is all well and good, but they've both played more than 15 seasons and I just can't see either one of them fundamentally changing who they are after all this time just to accomodate the other.
I also personally think people are vastly overrating Howard's abilities versus Bynum's. Pau-Bynum was one of the best post passing tadems in the league and they played wonderfully off each other offensively. Dwight ... has yet to show any inkling of offensive awareness.
And lastly, the Lakers failed to address their #1 most pressing concern which has doomed them for the last 2 years in the playoffs: the Inability to defend quick point guards. Nope, instead, they went out and got possibly the one PG left in the league who is WORSE defensively than Fisher was.
But yea, the Laker fans will keep drinkin the kool-aid until the season actually starts.