therealdeal wrote:Dude those teams won Championships. I am in no way going to give this current squad the edge over that one. Those teams had the perfect balance of veterans and young guys. They made it to Finals 3 times in a row.
This team right now is going to be a 6 seed if they're lucky.
Let me see how this team finishes the season before I give them any credit like that.
LTLakerFan wrote:For sure. But they were fine running well oiled machines by then. We've just started the "high performance chip" in the modern 2013 Lakers engine tuning and lubrication process. Which wasn't possible until Dwight made his mental adjustments. And Pau as well.
The Rock wrote:08/09 team might be one of the top 5 greatest team's ever.
Weezy wrote:The Rock wrote:08/09 team might be one of the top 5 greatest team's ever.
Whoa whoa whoa now let's not go crazy, I wouldn't even call that team one of the top 5 greatest Laker teams ever, let alone greatest ever period. I think that '10 Lakers team might have beaten the '09 team, they faced tougher competition, not sure the '09 team would have beaten the Celtics either, Artest made a big difference. That teams was great, but they also slacked off and got taken 7 games by a Rockets team they should have swept.
Weezy wrote:Like I said, they were great, but top 5 team ever? You forget that 5 teams won titles with Magic, Kareem, and other guys with retired jerseys hanging on the Staples Center wall in the 80's and that Shaq and Kobe won 3 in a row? I'm not sure the 09 Lakers were better than any of those teams and the competition certainly wasn't even close. Utah, Houston, Denver, Orlando? Not the best. The '10 team had overall tougher teams and the 2000-2002 teams had wayyyy tougher competition. Oh and let's not forget the 72 team that won 33 in a row and the championship.
LTLakerFan wrote:Well when I started this thread I had no idea Kobe was about to damn near break his ankle. Hard to continue to gell and build on anything in next several weeks with that issue complicating things.
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