Weezy wrote:All depends on Kobe's health for me, real. If he's healthy for most of the season, we're better, if he's not, we're pretty much the same, unless Randle and Davis really surprise, and Lin and Hill step it up big time.
Weezy wrote:Good point. I keep forgetting that as bad as we were on our own last season, 'Antoni made it worse with his rotations and system. We were bad, but we shouldn't have been losing by 30 points that often, that's a team that gave up and a coach that lost the players. Still, our roster is very similar to last season now, especially with Henry and Wes back, and Boozer being essentially a shorter Pau.
therealdeal wrote:Just based on three facts I think we'll be better:
1. D'Antoni is gone so the rotations will be more stable.
2. D'Antoni is gone so we'll have no more 3 PG rotations.
3. D'Antoni is gone so our bigs will be more effective.
Doc Brown wrote:Two of the worst defenders in the league (Pau and Meeks) are gone, we will be better.
Barnstable wrote:Doc Brown wrote:Two of the worst defenders in the league (Pau and Meeks) are gone, we will be better.
This.... This X1000 BURNING SUNS THIS!!!
I would have been sorely disappointed if no one recognized the math here. This years Lakers team is the only time where you subtract 2 players and automatically gain 10 wins.
I'm firmly of the belief that we've upgraded and will be improved if for no other reason that the Mighty Trash Lord Meeks is now someone else's problem.
jlkr wrote:Make me pick a number of wins right now? I'll say 42 and 10th in the conference. A bit optimistic, I know. On the bright side, the Rockets' pick will be the 21st hence the Lakers will get it.
therealdeal wrote:jlkr wrote:Make me pick a number of wins right now? I'll say 42 and 10th in the conference. A bit optimistic, I know. On the bright side, the Rockets' pick will be the 21st hence the Lakers will get it.
It's only a bit optimistic though. If Kobe stays healthy I think that's definitely in their grasp. I would say they can get there if they can gel quickly and have some luck in the health department.
I think 42 is a more likely number than 35 this season. We'll be a better team than most people want to believe.
frankdtank wrote:Had a tough time, as last year is something I choose not to remember too much of haha. But after reviewing teams side by side this team is BETTER. The more I look at last year's team with D toni, the more I'm shocked at the # of games we did win.
With BScott and Kobe there is going to be a scratch and claw and fight mentality.
A push at .500 if Kobe is so-so is what I expect. If Kobe is what a healthy, older, smarter Kobe can be, we will contend for a playoff spot.
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