I have posted the very same thing before, the Lakers as overhyped as they are could be in for some big problems. It's been high expectations that haven't been fully justified. Yes, they have a great starting five, but what use is Nash in this offense, it takes away the best part of his game, not to mention Kobe will be demanding to have the ball in his hands more than him. The other major issue that gets over looked at least in terms of the "experts" is that they are old and because of their poor bench will require them to log major mins. What they are is a slightly better version of the Blazers, I say slightly because at least the Blazers are considerably younger and less breakdown should occur (and the fact there is no expectations for them this season). You never know what will unfold in an NBA season but as a Clipper fan, the thought of a Laker collapse makes me happy.