therealdeal wrote:I don't think you can even come close to throwing in Amar'e's name. He's not in the same stratosphere as any of the other players you mentioned.
And I DO think that's fair to say. The Lakers have Dwight and Kobe and after that I don't know how many of our bench guys make it onto other teams. Meeks, Hill, Jamison, and that's probably it. New York has maybe the 2nd deepest team in the league and anyone after their starting five would be on another team somewhere.
The slack should be exactly the same for both teams.
Lol come on man so you're telling me that a team with Kobe and Dwight and solid role players (yes, mwp, meeks, duhon, hill and jamison are SOLID role players) should be EXCUSED from LOSING to [Swearing is not permitted at Clublakers. You must edit this post prior to submitting.] squads AT HOME (jazz, pacers without GRANGER, MAGIC, Cavs, KINGS, etc) because they didn't have Pau and Nash? I don't care what UNIVERSE we're on...there should be NO EXCUSE to lose to some of the worst teams in the LEAGUE at home OR on the road...that just shouldn't happen. There are PLENTY of other teams with injuries to their STAR players, look at Minnesota without Rubio/Love, Mavs without Dirk, teams like that, they are not doing well but they're still ahead of us in spite of those injuries. What's our excuse? The truth is we SHOULDN'T have one. A team with KOBE, who is playing out of his MIND this year and incredibly efficient, and even a 75-80% Dwight with SOLID ROLE PLAYERS (once again, guys like Hill, Jamison, Meeks and MWP would all be either starting on other teams or be heavy rotation players), should NOT EFFING LOSE TO THE SQUADS I MENTIONED ABOVE!!!!!!! It's THAT effing simple.
The Knicks missing their two BEST PLAYERS (yes, Melo and Amare are still their best players, don't get it twisted with Chandler/Felton) and playing against a TOUGH houston rockets squad at home, no, they should NOT be held to the same standard as the LAKERS who HAVE their 2 best players still playing in Howard and Kobe. And you keep saying Knicks role players are way better than ours....but to be honest, they are not THAT much better. Novak isn't starting on any NBA teams. Neither is Rasheed. neither is Prigioni. The only one that would start is JR Smith. If you wanna argue that its a COACHING issue, then I get what you're saying, because Woodson is just using his team correctly and to their strengths, while Dantoni is not. But if youre talking clearly about injuries and us having an "excuse" to lose to bad teams despite having Kobe/Dwight and solid role players? I disagree. Lakers don't get that excuse, and the Knicks SHOULD get that excuse with their star players out.