Re: Lakers/Celtics Finals Unlikely
posted at 1/23/2011 10:41 AM EST
In Response to Re: Lakers/Celtics Finals Unlikely
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Lakers/Celtics Finals Unlikely : 3 teams have won 15 of the last 20 (Lakers, Spurs, and Bulls) and during the same time only a handful of others have been the opposing contenders. It is theoretically cyclical - the very bad teams draft the best players and the best teams draft the worst players and as the bad teams acquire the best players they should climb out of misery and the best should trend down as the stars wane. Since compiling the BIG 3 the Cs have drafted zero stars for the future while the Clippers entire starting 5 (when healthy) are lottery picks and probably what you would consider one of "the haves" if Kaman were healthy right now. They are 16 and 25 and there is no doubt in my mind their record would the opposite had Kaman not gotten injured. In a couple years the Cs will be the Cavs and just a few short years ago Joe Dumars was considered one of the best executives in the league and now how he is still employed is beyond me. Of course the things that disrupt the cyclical nature are the big trades - Shaq to the Lakers, Pau to the Lakers, and the new method - players engineering their own movement. The Lakers have no plan B and will soon become the Pistons
, ditto for the Spurs - Duncan goes and all of a sudden Pop forgets how to coach, etc. The Bulls, Clips, Kings, Hawks, and a few others have very strong young groups - it is a matter of whether they can add additional key pieces and wait until the "haves" become "have nots".
Posted by TheDUDDER[/QUOTE]
Haven't you learned anything?! The Lakers are the best run organization in the NBA...second to none. They're always looking at ways to improve the team. In case you aren't aware, Blake Griffin's contract expires at the same time as Kobe Bryant's. Blake plays in the Staples Center where 16 Championship banners hang and he sees them at EVERY home game. He lives in L.A., he knows the nightlife. Don't think for a minute that he hasn't heard this. Mitch Kupchak is probably already laying the groundwork to make his pitch and land him to a HUGE contract. So no, they won't be the Pistons.
As for the C's, other than Rondo, what quality players will be leading the C's in 2-3 years? Allen, Garnett and Pierce are already on the downside of their careers, so I don't think there's a "Plan B" in place in Beantown. The Celtics will be the Pistons in a few years.