No it's not, not really anyway. On paper that team should be a perennial challenger. We've got Kobe f***ing Bryant along with 2 of the top 10 big men in the league. Two nice young big men in McRoberts and HIll. Ebanks has shown promise (although I know you don't like him, other teams have noticed him). The real problem is backup guard positions, but we have a scorer in Goudelock and an athlete in Morris.
On paper, this team should be pretty good and I think if it were run the right way they could push for the top spot in the West. Remember, they got 3rd with a crap coach and awful rotations. Run correctly, I think they could be a much better team. Not a champion, but certainly a contender.
And I said pretty good, not great and not amazing. I didn't say they were deep and that they were a dynasty waiting to happen. I said pretty good. All things considered, 3rd in the West and 2nd round of the playoffs qualifies as "pretty good". By Laker standards, pretty good isn't good enough, but that doesn't mean it's not "pretty good" for other teams.
Stu : "Yeah, that's an old fashioned whoopin'."