therealdeal wrote: nthydro wrote: therealdeal wrote:
jlkr wrote:I'm looking for the feel of the fun teams that featured Threatt, Van Exel, Divac, Ceballos and Campbell.
No real expectations, be shocked if they not only made the playoffs, they made noise there before going down. Championship contender? Somebody's smoking something... For me, it's gonna be maybe the first season since the Threatt/Van Exel days that I've expected so little from the team.
I do remember that MDA once led a team with Nash and a bunch of no names to the WCF. Could MDA resurrect that magic touch?
I would be surprised if we didn't make the playoffs, honestly. I know Kobe's not 100% and Pau is about 2 years from retirement, but I think we're going to see the brand of basketball that D'Antoni loved in Phoenix when Nash won back-to-back MVPs.
I think depending on how Kobe, Pau and Nash comes back, we have enough to be a 6th or 7th seed. And I'm hoping we get Houston in the first round. Beating them in the playoffs would be oh so sweet.
Agreed. Obviously if Nash misses much time and Pau and Kobe can't come back fully healthy early in the season then we're talking about a whole different outcome this year, but given some luck we should make the playoffs.
Knocking out Houston would be just amazing. I'm really hoping the Lakers NEVER let Howard live down his f***ing idiotic decision. I'm hoping he's made into a clown (which by the way is becoming pretty true).
Health is the big deal when the most important players are the old guys. If one or more of them go down for extended periods, there's not enough talent among the young guys to make up for it.
We're counting on all of the over 30 guys to stay healthy, that's their best chance to make a playoff run. My expectations in this regard are dang low. Nash, Bryant, Gasol: they're talented but they're also old and old players are more susceptible to injury, that's just all there is to that. I suspect Nash might be done and he could be just deceiving himself and all of us at this point. Kobe's making a valiant effort to get back, but we have no idea whether the injury will have taken the edge off his game. Gasol's heart is finally in the right place now that the pretenders are gone, but his knees aren't getting younger. Plus Blake, Hill and Kaman have suffered through recent injuries. So we're talking about 6 of the top guys in the rotation and hoping they all stay healthy this year ... really keep your fingers crossed and your expectations low. I'll be watching MDA's minutes management for these guys, among other things.