L.A. Lakers Greatest team in the modern era.

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    L.A. Lakers Greatest team in the modern era.

    Most experts consider the modern era to have started in the 1979-80 season when the 3point basket was introduced. Since that time the Lakers have won 1/3 of all the titles and have made the Finals 1/2 the time since, far better than any other team. In fact they have more than twice the championships than the Celtics, have beaten them 3 out of 5 times in the Finals, they have as many championships as the next 2 most successful teams combined, the Bulls at 6 and Spurs or Celtics at 4.
     And now with Howard it looks like they will continue to make the Finals half or more of the time and win the lion's share of the championships. In the meantime the Celtics have but one title in the last 26 years and fading fast, have made the finals but 7 times in 31 years, winning only 4 times. And they are the only team in the modern era to have blown 3 consecutive series after leading 3-2.
     
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    Re: L.A. Lakers Greatest team in the modern era.

    In fact, the Celtics are not even in the top 3 for the best teams in the modern era.
     
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    Re: L.A. Lakers Greatest team in the modern era.

    ...the Lakers were the first to win back to back in the modern era and are the only ones to have back to back 3 different times in the modern era. The Celtics have never won back to back in the modern era.
     
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    Re: L.A. Lakers Greatest team in the modern era.

    In the modern era the Lakers have begun the season more times than anyone as either favorites to win it all or to take their conference. This year is another example of that. The Celtics are not even mentioned among the elite teams this year (Miami, Lakers, OKC, Chicago, San Antonio). Even Philadelphia, with Bynum now, and New Jersey are choices over the Celtics to take the conference. The Clippers, THE CLIPPERS! are favored before the Celtics to take it all. If the Celtics were in Los Angeles, they would not even be 2nd best team.
     

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