Barnstable wrote:I have to say it because I didn't expect it. I did not expect us to have a net improvement this year.
We lose Dwight, Ron, Clark and Jamison, and I seriously expected this team to be pretty terrible.
But somehow, the combination of getting younger, players that better fit Pringles's system, more comradery (IE no Dwight), and a bigger pool of talent seems to have combined for an improved team.
I know it's only been 3 games, but it's pretty clear to me from just these games that we are improved in a lot of areas we were hurting in last year.
I'm calling it. Unless we get hit with big injuries again, or Kobe doesn't come back looking like Kobe, this team will be much improved from last year.
revgen wrote:^If we're talking about talent, yes I agree with you and RD. But I think we're much less likely to have the health problems that we had last season by adding a bunch of younger players. So we automatically become better by providing better insurance against injury.
Lakerjones wrote:revgen wrote:^If we're talking about talent, yes I agree with you and RD. But I think we're much less likely to have the health problems that we had last season by adding a bunch of younger players. So we automatically become better by providing better insurance against injury.
^^ True, it's a good thing that we added some young talent. Man, we needed it! But still, a lot of the guys who got hurt last year are still here and it could very well happen again. Nash, Blake, Gasol, Hill and even Meeks got hurt. Then we added Kaman who has never been the embodiment of health. And of course we don't know anything about how Kobe will be - he might not ever be the guy he was last year again. But yes, it is good we got some youth infusion just in case. Of course Farmar did already get hurt, so did Henry (wrist) and I guess Johnson must be hurt too as he didn't play last game. In other words, injuries do still happen and we've still got most of the guys who got hurt last year.
Savory Griddles wrote:I disagree. The last half of the season we had a top 5 record, iirc. If Kobe doesn't go down...along with Nash, Meeks, and Blake...I think we give SA a real run for their money. Despite the horrible chemistry, we played well the second half of the season as Dwight healed and Pringles relented on forcing his system.
This team may have fun out there, and they may be more fun to watch, but it's not going to finish above Houston, OKC, San Antonio, the Clips, GS, or Memphis. And the bottom half of the west bracket has a lot more teams that can legitimately contend. There are essentially 2 spots for Minny, Dallas, Portland, Denver and the Lakers.
Lakerjones wrote:^^ I agree with realdeal there. Believe me, I'm not trying to be a downer, but I don't think this team is as good as last year's at all. I think the TEAMWORK is much improved from last season. In a huge way. And we got a nice infusion of young talent. But last year's team IF healthy would have been a contender to make the Finals especially with OKC hurting without Westbrook. This team is going to be contending for the 7th or 8th spot, IF we are healthy. It's a huge difference. Yes, we ended up there with the most injury riddled season I've ever seen for the Lakers, but that's now what we're shooting for with this team. So I think the goal for this team is just to be better than expected and I think they can do that if they stay relatively healthy this year. I still see this team potentially struggling to end the season over .500 depending on when they get Kobe back and depending on the level Kobe is able to play at. I don't think they will surpass OKC, Spurs, GS, Houston, Clips, Memphis in terms of regular season record. They'll be fighting it out with Denver, Dallas, Portland, Utah.
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