Re: Coach Phil Jackson
posted at 10/12/2010 2:17 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Coach Phil Jackson
[QUOTE]The Lakers weaker?? What color is the sky in your universe? If Bynum gets healthy then there's no doubt the Lakers will be difficult to beat. In fact, I'm picking them to 3-peat if injuries aren't a factor for them.Phil Jackson's history as a coach would suggest so as will a western conference that got a little easier.
Posted by RUMcHale[/QUOTE]
Kobe got a simple scope on his knee and is expected to recover fully.
Bynum had a meniscus tear repaired and he is supposed to have a full recovery. The Celtics lost to the Lakers with Bynum playing on one leg, he comes into the playoffs healthy, and much to the Celtics chagrin, the Lakers will be stronger than last year.
Lets not forget, Artest will not have to be integrated in to the triangle, he will be a bigger factor from the get go. The Lakers now have a legitimate back-up player at the three spot now in Barnes, which is critical, because of all the dominant players at that position on the top teams. And most importantly, more rest for Kobe during the regular season.
The Lakers also got better at the point with the addition of Blake, who is in all likelihood even better than Fisher. Farmar didn't even want to be there, because his skill set didn't fit.
This notion that Ratliff is going to be the downfall of the two time defending champions wreaks of desperate thinking. As if not having blue chip talent at your third string center spot is, or has ever been a deciding factor in a championship. The guy who held that position last year, Mbenga, didn't even touch the floor in the finals, even with Bynum's injury, yet this is the hope they hold on to. I can't wait for the reality to drop down upon them with a thunderous crash.
The Lakers have the best one-two punch at the center position, and the power forward position in the entire NBA. Bynum/Gasol/Odom in their various combinations is unmatched in the NBA, and they do it with manageable minutes per. These Celtics fans keep forgetting that the reason the Celtics signed all the over the hill big men is to try and chase the excellence that is the Lakers front court.