therealdeal wrote:I agree, but I see them threepeating as LESS likely than Carmelo and LeBron teaming up here. They looked exhausted THIS time around. Unless Wade juices up the entire season, they're not winning the East this year. I'm calling it now.lakersin4 wrote:Well to start, if Lebron wins another ring, he's not leaving Miami plain & simple.. I don't care if we sign Melo AND Paul George, & get them to take paycuts so Bron can still get the Max.. You don't leave a team you just had a 3peat with & made it to the finals 4 years in a row.. If Miami wins, I think the only chance of Lebron leaving is some freak injury ending Bosh or Wade's career or something crazy like that..
Who do you see winning in the East? I don't think a healthy Granger is enough to give the Pacers the edge.. They've made some solid moves & have shown great poise by not dealing Granger for lower impact players without the injury risk. I just don't think they did anything that will make them better than Miami, & I don't think Wade will decline enough to cost Mia that badly.. I think he'll continue declining, but they'll look to Bosh & the role players to step up & get it done.
The Nets make things interesting.. They're kind of like us before last season started.. On paper, you can't really argue against them being the best team in the league.. I'm not willing to crown them until we see how they fit, I made that mistake thinking Nash & D12 would be the most deadly P&R combo since Stockton & Malone.. The Knicks & Bulls are probably the only other real threats.. Unless you thing Bargs can become a beast in NY or Amare can somehow figure out how to play with Melo (& stay healthy) they aren't beating the Heat. & as much as I hate to say it, I'm not confident in Rose ever being able to string together a healthy season while he's still in his athletic prime.
therealdeal wrote:I agree with this. It's been one of my main points as a positive.lakersin4 wrote:To your next point.. I don't think we get Kobe & Gasol to agree to contracts until after we're done in free agency.. We renounce their rights & tell them, we're going to go get as many stars as we can, & you guys are free to decide how to split the remaining cap room between you. Just making it known to the media & players we're going after that they're going to come back for whatever is left will be enough, we'll sign them last..
Per the rest of your point: barring some sort of unforeseen disaster in Indiana, Paul isn't leaving.
We'll have to agree to disagree here.. I think the combo of the Pacers not being able to get out of the East, not being willing to go pay taxes, & PG being a LA kid who idolizes Kobe & dreamed about being a Laker could create the perfect storm for us.. No, it's not likely.. But I think it's more of a possibility than Lebron becoming a Laker.