Are The Lakers Title Favorites?

Are The Lakers Title Favorites?

Postby Texas Lakers Fan on Wed Jul 04, 2012 5:51 pm

With Nash aboard are the Lakers the championship favorites?
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Re: Are The Lakers Title Favorites?

Postby GoatMilk16 on Wed Jul 04, 2012 5:52 pm

probably miami will be
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Re: Are The Lakers Title Favorites?

Postby Kwame on Wed Jul 04, 2012 5:53 pm

Favorites after the FO does the exact opposite of your name :man10: :man10: :man10:
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Re: Are The Lakers Title Favorites?

Postby GNC on Wed Jul 04, 2012 5:53 pm

Miami are still favorites and OKC is up there to.

We need some more retooling. Hopefully this Nash deal is the first of a few more additions and/or trades.
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Re: Are The Lakers Title Favorites?

Postby GoldHammish on Wed Jul 04, 2012 5:54 pm

Not yet, I still think we trade Gasol to round out the bench. Then we might be, but we'll have to see what Gasol nets us.
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Re: Favorites

Postby JUST-MING on Wed Jul 04, 2012 5:55 pm

They acquired a player on the level of Westbrook and Wade; retained Bryant, Gasol and Bynum.
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Re: Are The Lakers Title Favorites?

Postby Doc Brown on Wed Jul 04, 2012 5:56 pm

Gotta move Pau for players that Nash can work with. Shooters / athletes. It's uptempo, pick and roll, pick and pop time. Can't clog the lane and have non-shooters out there with him.
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Re: Are The Lakers Title Favorites?

Postby JoelMyersScrotalSack on Wed Jul 04, 2012 5:59 pm

Right now I'm just glad we won't have to witness the abomination of an offense we had to endure last season. Seriously I don't care about anything else at this moment.
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Re: Are The Lakers Title Favorites?

Postby kenzo on Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:00 pm

Premature thread is premature :man12:
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Re: Are The Lakers Title Favorites?

Postby Kou on Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:01 pm

Once they move Pau, maybe.
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Re: Are The Lakers Title Favorites?

Postby Weezy on Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:05 pm

With just Nash, no, he can't play 40 mins a game, still have to be cautious about his back. Still have a terrible bench, depends what other moves we make. This is a hell of a start though.
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Re: Are The Lakers Title Favorites?

Postby bystander on Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:05 pm

Lakers aren't done yet, wait for the next move, then we talk.
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Re: Favorites

Postby JUST-MING on Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:08 pm

bystander wrote:Lakers aren't done yet, wait for the next move, then we talk.

Only way they’d be favored over Miami would be if they added Dwight Howard.
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Re: Are The Lakers Title Favorites?

Postby revgen on Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:08 pm

Our bench still needs an upgrade.
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Re: Are The Lakers Title Favorites?

Postby lakersin4 on Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:09 pm

I think if you just add Nash to last years team we would have won a title.. I don't see why not
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Re: Are The Lakers Title Favorites?

Postby therealdeal on Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:09 pm

Not yet
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Re: Are The Lakers Title Favorites?

Postby Helljumper on Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:10 pm

Maybe I'm just too hyped up now since something actually happened, but yes, I think the addition of Nash without giving up our two biggest assets changes everything. Worst-case scenario: We keep Bynum and Pau and fill out the roster. Sounds bad, but come on, we were close against OKC. If we had Nash this year instead of Sessions who offered nothing, I think we would've easily taken OKC despite the problems of our twin towers. Even in this worst-case scenario though, I think Nash has enough respect around the league that he can convince some actual impact players to come to us for our mini-MLE and veteran's minimum signings.

Take last year's team, replace Sessions with Nash, replace Barnes with Hill, and add another ring-chasing veteran who can still play to our bench. I really think that's enough to put us on the same level as OKC and Miami.

But we now have the option to even more dramatically change the dynamics of this team by trading Pau and Drew in moves that fit Nash better. Bynum for Dwight. Pau in a three team trade with ATL that gets us Smith. Starting line-up of Nash, Kobe, Hill, Smith, Dwight. That could be a hell of a team.
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Re: Are The Lakers Title Favorites?

Postby Doc Brown on Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:24 pm

^^^It's all about the salary cap. Do the Lakers want to have a 90 million dollar salary cap next season. What you just explained is nice, but the salary cap is going to dictate what happens next. Shedding salary after adding salary without subtraction has to show that the Lakers aren't done yet.
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Re: Are The Lakers Title Favorites?

Postby 432J on Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:25 pm

not with a bench like the one this team has right now
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Re: Are The Lakers Title Favorites?

Postby LOSLAKERS on Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:38 pm

Miami is always going to be the favorites but we just became INSTANT contenders.. This is the same 38 year old Nash that nearly got that turrible turrible team into the playoffs - IN THE WC. :jam2: :jam2: :jam2: :jam2:
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Re: Are The Lakers Title Favorites?

Postby kenzo on Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:39 pm

One "little" thing to remember... Mike freakin Brown :bang:
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Re: Are The Lakers Title Favorites?

Postby D.B. Cooper on Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:41 pm

Kwame wrote:Favorites after the FO does the exact opposite of your name :man10: :man10: :man10:

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Re: Are The Lakers Title Favorites?

Postby XXIV on Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:47 pm

Whether or not we get Dwight, we still need a better bench.
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Re: Are The Lakers Title Favorites?

Postby V.V.V.V.V. on Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:52 pm

kenzo wrote:One "little" thing to remember... Mike freakin Brown :bang:


I thought about that too, but remember that Nash is smart enough to run the offense on his own. He basically replaces MB on offense, which IMO is what MB, Jimmy, and Mitch want anyway, without ever saying it out loud.

Nash collaborated with D'Antoni in the glory days of the Suns, and essentially had his blessing to run the offense. D'Antoni said that they basically saw eye to eye.
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Re: Are The Lakers Title Favorites?

Postby Pig Miller on Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:54 pm

we're not the favorites, but we're right there with OKC now.

we need some shooters. who's available and can shoot the 3 ball?
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