Texas Lakers Fan wrote:Here's why I believe the Lakers will win the championship this coming season.
I think when you look it the biggest reason I believe this team will win the championship this season is because of Steve Nash.
I think Nash is gonna be a GREAT addition, but ultimately, I still believe we win because of Mamba. I agree with you that getting the ball out of Kobe's hands is vital and running some pick and roll with the bigs with Kobe on the other side of the court will keep him fresh, but again, Kobe is still driving this bus as far as we're gonna go.
World Peace is gonna play a big role in this offense. He's gonna be that floor spacer that we need. He has to hit shots and I think we will.
I love your enthusiasm. However, I'm hoping he just takes the open shots in the flow of the offense and focus' on D. As bad as he was early last year, he was 180 from that in the playoffs and our 2nd best player against both Denver and OKC. I don't expect anything more then 8 - 10 points per game. If he provides that, we're good to go.
Dwight has obviously been very dominant on both sides of the basketball his entire career, but I believe his biggest impact will definitely be on the defensive end.
Agree. I just wonder how he'll react to getting limited touches on offense like Bynum got. I felt the last 2 years that Bynum didn't get the ball enough. I hope that's not the case with DHoward.
Bench: Insert a terrific scorer like Antawn Jamison. Even at age 36 he was still a near 20 point scorer. Granted he had a poor efficiency, but he was forced to be a go to option and at this stage of his career he's simply not that. Now he'll get the chance to play with multiple superstar who will no doubt get him several open looks. Then you add in Jodie Meeks who can also spread the floor which is something we desperately needed and also re-signing Jordan Hill and the Lakers will have a much better bench this season. Is it great? Maybe not, but when you have such an incredibly talented starting five you don't need a great bench.
I'm excited about what they can do. I think Meeks is gonna surprise some folks. A lot of folks! We just need Jamison to be aggressive, which is something he's not lacking in. he'll get his FGAs.
The defending champions who have improved their roster from last season, but they still have no size at all. Who is suppose to guard Howard? No one on their roster can. Which means they have to finble which will lead to many open looks. Kobe and Wade is a wash, as is Pau and Bosh while Nash and LeBron both have major advantages. Miami has always struggled with good point guards and we have one of the best. Their bench is better than ours, but our starting lineup is far better IMO. I'm not saying we'd beat them decisively like in a sweep, but I do think we'd win. We're a horrible matchup for them.
I don't agree that Kobe and Wade is a wash. Kobe is the better player and with the added talent around him, the gap between these 2 will be even wider. I completely agree with your last sentence. Miami wants no part of us. Screamin A. Smith has said several times that our real obstacle is OKC because we really match up well with Miami. LeBron's drives to the basket will result in us running the other way once DHoward gobbles up the rebound or blocked shot.
Let's look at the Thunder. Now obviously they have Kendrick Perkins who has guarded Dwight well in the past so they won't double team. That could be a problem.
I don't think Perkins can handle him one on one at all. He had to front Bynum. We had no PG that could throw it over the top to Drew. Not gonna be a problem for Nash.
I think if we can just stay healthy we'll win the championship.
Yup. That's the main obstacle. And Mike Brown of course.