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I used to cover Football for a website for years, covering everything from the draft, pre season rankings, predictions, award winners etc. They weren't much basketball fans over there but you guys are my kind of crowd. A red, white, and blue crowd that knows the feeling of being pushed around for years and now it's our time to do the pushing.

I watched the NBA TV preview of the Clippers, and they gave us the best case scenario as making it to the Conference Finals, worst case being the #6 seed in the West come playoff time. Pretty accurate and IMO pretty generous considering our teams history, and current injuries.

Here's where I'd rate the Western Conference and where we will fall...

#1 - Oklahoma City Thunder - OKC is terrific. They've got their main core guys back, Westbrook, KD, Ibaka and Harden. Forget that the Lakers added two sure fire HoF's on their team, the Thunder have been growing faster than the clones they made in Star Wars. OKC is the team to beat in the West to get to the finals. I can't see them not finishing #1 in the West unless there are massive injuries.

#2 - Los Angeles Clippers - I peg us at seed #2. Now if Laker fans are reading this, this is our best case scenario to finish the regular season. Yes I may be a homer, but the one thing we have that they rave about is that our bench may be the best bench in the entire league. To have 2 6th men of the year coming off the bench is pretty damn good. We've got 4 All-Stars in our starting 5, and only a handful of other teams have that.

Our big men are young and highly athletic, our vets are seasoned and are all-stars and NBA champs themselves. If, and this is a big IF... if our main group of guys can remain healthy, give us all 67+ games and be healthy come playoff time we'll finish with the #2 seed in the West ahead of the Lakers but only by a slim margin.

#3 - Los Angeles Lakers - I realize the Lakers or us if I switched us here ( and that is a fair assumption that either team could be 1-3 wins away from each other with a better record ) are not going to be the 3 seed, and would at best be the 5 seed, the Lakers will finish with the 3rd best record in the West.

Nash, Kobe, mental patient, Pau and Dwight is a hard starting 5 to mess with. We will have to see how Kobe does with someone else controlling the ball the entire year, how Dwight's back is, if Pau can stay out of getting in the ruts he does and if Artest doesn't knock someone out again and get a long suspension. One can't go wrong with Antawn Jamison backing up those 2 bigs off the bench, and Steve Blake knows his role and he knows it well. However, their thin bench is going to hurt them. Asking an 18 year vet in Kobe, a 40 year old Nash, and a 7 foot C coming off a serious back injury to win 55-67 games is a lot.

#4 - Memphis Grizzlies - Probably the most dangerous team in the West. To me, they are the 2nd coming of the early 90's/mid 90's New York Knicks. They play hard, physical, dirty and smart basketball. On top of all of this 4 of their starting 5 are young players and ZBO isn't an old man at all to round off that 5th spot. This is a defensive team with incredible low post presence.

This team could very well end up in the NBA Finals if teams don't watch out. We took Memphis for granted in round 1 and I truly believe they are our kryptonite and will be for years to come.

#5 - San Antonio Spurs - Never count out Greg Popovich. This man is what Belichek is to the Patriots as he is to the Spurs. Tony Parker once again flourished in a larger role last year as Ginobili was out and Duncan continued to decline. They've only got those 3 guys to watch out for, but their entire roster, whether it's old veteran players or 1 to 3rd year pro guys, they know exactly what they are to do and they aren't to over step their bounds. They've won multiple championships on this formula and somehow keep spanking butts even though it's the same team, with the same plan every single year.

One thing San Antonio does have to watch out for, and the NBA... they could be the best team in the league again, or they could finally bottom out and be a 7 or 8 seed, or perhaps miss the playoffs entirely.

#6 - Denver Nuggets - The Nuggies are a team the Clippers need to watch out for if we get matched up with them in the playoffs. With no real go to guy, even with the addition of Igoudala, the return of Wilson Chandler and the growth of Dano Galinari the Nuggets are deep and well coached. The Nuggets could very well win their division, or end up in the 6, 7 or 8th spot in the west. This is a team that should take w/e team they play to 6 games in the playoffs.

#7 - Dallas Mavericks - I just can't see Dallas being much of a threat this year. This could all change next summer when they have big time bucks to go after 1, maybe 2 marquee free agents. Dirk is out for at least a month, J kidd and Jason Terry are both gone. Darren Collison, Elton Brand and Chris Kaman are in. How well is a group of newcomers going to work with an aging and beaten up Dirk Nowtizki? Dallas will make an early exit in the playoffs again. But they will be back.

#8 - Utah Jazz - The Jazz Flutes should be a bubble team this year after removing the cancer known as Devin Harris and bringing in a couple former Clippers to run the point. Jefferson, Favors, Milsap and Kanter all platooning the PF/C spot should give teams headaches. Matched up in a 7 game series as a low seed in the playoffs doesn't bode well for the Jazz. Unless they make bigger strides this year, they will see themselves in and out of the playoff door fairly quick.

#9 - Golden State Warriors - If Steph Curry and Andrew Bogut can remain healthy, the Warriors will be on the bubble of making the playoffs. They have a solid coach and a good group of talented players on their roster. I just think the gap between the 7 and 8 seeds, and the 9th best team in the West is going to be 5-10 games at least. Close but no cigar, the 9th ranked team in the West will find themselves out of the playoff hunt at the end of march or early April.

#10 - Minnesota Timberwolves - First off, this team needs to be moved to a different state or dissolved completely. That being said, Minnesota should bounce back quickly after they get off to a bad start with Love and Rubio both being out for extended periods of time. I fully expect that if Minnesota were to have these two guys healthy the entire year, they'd be in prime position to make a run at the playoffs.

#11 - Portland Trailblazers - Losing Gerald Wallace, Raymond Felton is going to hurt. But Lamarcus Aldridge alone should net them 20 wins. Portland is a tough team and will face some growing problems this year.

#12 - Phoenix Suns - You lose GOran Dragic, then you bring him back? Losing Nash and Grant Hill is probably the final straw and Phoenix is clearly going back to full on rebuild mode. I can't see Marcin Gortat, Shannon Brown and Goran Dragic taking this team to the playoffs at all, or even making much noise.

#13 - Houston Rockets - Lin is overrated and I honestly think last season was a fluke. Playing on the biggest stage in America probably helped his confidence and the rest of the team when Melo and Amare were out there tossing up bricks. Expect another injury from Lin this year, maybe not a serious one. Houston didn't manage to trade multiple 1st rounders to move up in the draft to acquire a top 10 pick and are stuck with a bunch of guys who, at best will be effective role players in their careers.

An injury prone Kevin Martin, overpaying Omir Asek and Jeremy Lin was not the right call. Houston struggles.

#14 - Sacramento Kings - Expect big things from DeMarcus Cousins this year. The Kings are in a tough division now that the Clippers have jumped from a horrible team, to an elite team. Having to play the Lakers and the Clippers 8+ times this year is going to be killer. The inexperience and immaturity of the Kings is going to show. The West is still a great conference, and to me the better conference. I may have said some bad things about our teams on this side, but the truth is the bubble teams would be 5-8 seeds in the East most seasons.

Kings will show signs of growth and prosperity but don't expect them to rattle many cages.

#15 - New Orleans Hornets - Why these guys got rid of Jarrett Jack I have no clue. Anthony Davis may be a great player, I just cannot see his offensive game being much better than what DeAndre Jordan has right now, or even what DeAndre Jordan could be. If Eric Gordon can remain healthy, expect them to move up a couple of spots. Having Gordon, Ryan Anderson, Anthony Davis out there is a nice thing to have. We'll have to see how this team meshes because I can see a big problem happening if Gordon gets overshadowed yet again by another player. After all, he and his agent think he's worth like 18 mill a year.

I think the MVP will come out of the West this year. It's a 5 man race. Durant, Chris Paul, Kobe, Dwight and Russell Westbrook. If the Clippers kick serious butt and Blake takes a giant leap of faith, expect him to enter the mix as well. My money currently is sitting on Durant, Kobe then CP3 in the MVP voting.

Dallas, Utah and Denver will be 3 of the 4 teams getting knocked out in round 1 of the playoffs. I'm putting the Thunder in the Western Conference Finals, unless we play them in round 1 or 2, in which we win.

I've got Clippers, Thunder and Lakers in round 2 of the playoffs. Memphis and San Antonio will battle it out as the 4th team in the mix.

My guess on the chances of teams making it to the NBA Finals are as follows...

OKC - 60%

LAL - 45%

LAC - 33%

Memphis - 15%

San Antonio - 5%

I see no other Western Conference team posing a threat to make the finals as of right now. And yes I do realize that's over 100%, but you get the idea. Hope you enjoyed the read, I have insomnia and I was bored!

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Sorry, but I just don't see the Spurs dropping to 5th. In fact I can see them ahead of both us and the Lakers. It will be close, but to me it will be OKC top seed and Spurs, Clips, Lakers, Memphis, Denver, Minny and Dallas/Jazz.

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Did anyone watch the lakers game yeasterday.. All their starters played 32 minutes...they still lost to sacramento. Their bench sucks and that team is in big trouble

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True that the bench isn't that great, but it's only preseason. The Lakers will probably have at least one of their starters on the court at all times so even with the bad bench, they'll still be a challenge. They're going to be in the same boat the Miami was in when they first got together. Heavily scrutinized and it'll take a while for the chemistry to gel. During that time, the Clippers should try to gain a lead even if it's small in the division. Steve is like Grant old, but is a big help on the court and Dwight looks like his old self. I think the Clippers can win the division, but it's not going to be by a lot of games.

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You know I would rather have a good bench than a super starting spot. All the guys on the Lakers need the ball in their hands to make something happen, Pau does, D12 does, Nash does, and Kobe does, oh and MWP.

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So you're the one in LA with TWC huh?

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I watched part of it, was mad at the Kings for being down by 2 than 2 minutes later when I check it again Lakers down by 5. ALl I gotta say is DWIGHT HOWARD IS BIG, and He is GOOD!

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Musician391 wrote:
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Did anyone watch the lakers game yeasterday.. All their starters played 32 minutes...they still lost to sacramento. Their bench sucks and that team is in big trouble

True that the bench isn't that great, but it's only preseason. The Lakers will probably have at least one of their starters on the court at all times so even with the bad bench, they'll still be a challenge. They're going to be in the same boat the Miami was in when they first got together. Heavily scrutinized and it'll take a while for the chemistry to gel. During that time, the Clippers should try to gain a lead even if it's small in the division. Steve is like Grant old, but is a big help on the court and Dwight looks like his old self. I think the Clippers can win the division, but it's not going to be by a lot of games.

Yeah, but the difference between this Lakers team and Miami is that Miami put together three stars in the prime of their careers. With the Lakers, ever starter except Dwight Howard are well past their primes. Don't get me wrong, Kobe and Nash are still great, but they are both old and have a lot of mileage on them. Pau is still good, but can disappear at times and MWP is really erratic, especially on offense.

I'm sure the Lakers will get better and more cohesive after they've all had the chance to play together more, but I think some people's expectations for them after the Howard trade went down were unrealistic. Like the people who were talking about them winning 70 games were crazy.

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Lakers are playing a dangerous game in my view, but the only one that makes sense for them.

The bench is very shaky, no question, they got outscored something like 50-18 last night. So the starters will have to play heavy minutes to try to make up for the bench.

Starters are older and with that comes the risk of injury. More minutes= more risk. One twisted ankle and the dynamic chnages completely.

They wont be losing to the Queens come the regular season, we all know that. But even when healthy they are vulnerable to uptempo teams with a starting 5 that can come close to matching them (OKC, Clips, maybe Memphis), because their bench is so weak. If they get an injury to one of those 4 guys, they have serious issues even getting a top seed, much less thinking about a title.

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FightOnRon wrote:
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Did anyone watch the lakers game yeasterday.. All their starters played 32 minutes...they still lost to sacramento. Their bench sucks and that team is in big trouble

So you're the one in LA with TWC huh?

TWC? What does that mean, sorry for my lack of acronym knowledge. Oh, crap just dawned on me late...tim warner cable lol. good one

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Exactly, and they had a huge scare last night. Someone almost injured Steve Nash's ankle. I agree with other posters that The Lakers wont be losing to the Kings in regular season, but come playoffs..there's no way in a seven game series that they come in healthy and beat the clipps, okc, san antonio, or memphis as currently constituted.

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After watching the Kings, dont sleep on them....very talented team. Isiah Thomas, Arron Brooke, Marcus Thronton, Evens, Cousins, Robinson....

not a bad team right there.

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But everyone knows that The Great One is only going to play another two years, so bringing in Nash and keeping Gasol made alot of sense. They are counting on Dwight signing long term and then being able to attract FA talent around him. Not a bad plan, but if any part of it doesnt work, there appears to no viable Plan B, and they will be hurting for awhile.

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Great read, I like your approach and actually basketball knowledge. I can definitely see the Spurs dropping to a five but no lower than that. In my mind I see them finishing fifth or once again on top of the division. I see the hornets finishing higher than the 15 seed, more like 13 if they mesh really well together, I'm just looking at them and I see the Clippers of old and don't see them going anywhere but up. I think that either the Rockets or Kings will take that 15 seed. If one or two of the Lakers starting five gets injured (and this is very likely to happen) the Lakers drop far down the ranks. Watch out for them to lose Nash to either an ankle, back, or knee injury. I hate to say these things about Nash but it's just the truth, he's up their in age and his body can't take the stress of the minutes that are required of him. Kobe obviously is going to get injured as he does each season but he'll find a way to play through them which will either help the Lakers or destroy them. Kobe just doesn't know when to rest and when to play, that's a great attitude for a younger player but in his old age I think it's finally going to bite him in the a**. If (and this is a ver possible if) the Lakers loose those two guys their playoff hopes go straight out the window and a flood of bandwagoners will jump ship to the ClipShow.

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NO WAY...really. Maybe improbable, but not no way. wink

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But benches don't matter. They have the best starting 5 in the league.

/sarcasm

I said from day one that they would have problems making it work, especially for Nash. I've watched most of their games and that team looks bad. I also said Nash will become another Fisher in that offense and so far, he has.

So far, Gasol has become the set-up man on that team, Nash is playing the Fisher part with not much impact. Artest thinks he should be 1-2 in shot attempts on that team, and Kobe is still playing ISO ball in a Princeton inspired offense. That offense of theirs is horrible!!!!

Someone once said that benches don't matter, well, neither does having the highest salary in the league.

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It's only preseason but preseason is to fix the problems. The Lakers have had all of the starting lineup sans Howard all preseason. Howard hasn't played up until last might but he has been practicing with the team.

They're not the Heat. They were/are Athletic, and in their prime when they got together. The Lakers are not young or athletic.

Nash has already talked about how "different" the princeton offense is from what he's used to ( get the hint?). Last time he said something like that, they traded Shaq and fired Porter as coach of the Suns.

The lakers will recover from this but they're not a championship contender. IMO

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I have to say that we are in agreement thus far. Last night was a troubling scenario for them because their starters played really well. They didnt play too far off from what their averages are in a given year. As you correctly pointed out Nash's age makes him a liability much like Fisher was against opposing point guards. Gasol has been slowing down in the past two years, and that trend continues. Kobe's field goal percentage has gone down, and he now has to watch a true point guard run the offense, which will most likely result in more lobs to Dwight and Gasol. I wonder how this will pan out, especially since kobe wants the ball in his hands in the last minutes; this will most liekly result in the bigs up front being neglected for easy buckets because Kobe wants to play hero ball.

As we can clearly see benches do matter, and so far its not the team that has the best starting five that wins. I wonder how the Lakers will do against a tough physical team like Memphis? With no bench they are going to get beat or sustain injuries that will hamper their playoff run as a lack of an adequate bench did to us last year?

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tense2 wrote:
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Exactly, and they had a huge scare last night. Someone almost injured Steve Nash's ankle. I agree with other posters that The Lakers wont be losing to the Kings in regular season, but come playoffs..there's no way in a seven game series that they come in healthy and beat the clipps, okc, san antonio, or memphis as currently constituted.

NO WAY...really. Maybe improbable, but not no way. wink

They struggled with Denver. They are a year older and lost some key bench players in their pursuit of Dwight. I have to say that no they cant beat the mentioned teams in the playoffs. In a single game during the regular season, sure, but not when seven games are in order. I just dont see it happening. Remember Kobe has already suffered minor shoulder and foot injuries, Nash and Dwight gave the fans a scare during a preseason game, and they have no adeuqate bench players to fill in for those guys. Think of Memphis' gritty style of play and what that team would do to an aged laker roster.

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Lakers are just like Miami 2 years ago - all know-it-all pundits make them favs to "win it all", but how many games you think Howard, Kobe and Nash will last playing 40 minutes a night? This team might have the best starting 5 on paper, but unless this starting 5 all average 20ppg, they will really struggle and I would rather bet on them finishing outside the top 4 than on winning a title!

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I just cant wait for next year when the salary cap hits them real hard

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tense2 wrote:
pageC4 wrote:

Exactly, and they had a huge scare last night. Someone almost injured Steve Nash's ankle. I agree with other posters that The Lakers wont be losing to the Kings in regular season, but come playoffs..there's no way in a seven game series that they come in healthy and beat the clipps, okc, san antonio, or memphis as currently constituted.

NO WAY...really. Maybe improbable, but not no way. wink

oH YEAH, btw. I was listening to Mason and Ireland a few minutes ago and they said that Kobe Bryant is sitting out practiuce because of foot problems..lol. i am loving this. Kobe is going to finally show he's mortal

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I want Lakers starters to play heavy minutes on Wednesday... but lose.

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Remember, that's just where I ranked the teams by overall record at the end of the year. Obviously the Lakers and Clippers can't be the #2 and 3 seed, the top 3 seeds go to division winners. SA could very well end up winning the division and being seeded 1 2 or 3. I just have them with the 5th best record in the West. Which could put them as the 4 or 5 seed depending on where they land.

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THE WESTERN CONFERENCE looks good. We are among the elites, and I do not see why we should not be in prime position to win the West.

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I think the Clippers are in the top 4 of teams in the West. I feel they have the personnel now to move up higher. The team still has one glaring deficiency, Free Throw Shooting! This cost the team several games last season, and it doesn't look much better so far this season. DJ and Blake need to average 65-75% for the team to move up in the standings. If they don't improve, i expect to see the team stay around 4th in the west.

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^ good point... It is a deficiency, hopefully wont hurt us too much (as much as it did last season).

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spot on asessment. we are definately the deepest team in the west. i want to see the clips beat the crap out of the lakers on wednesday with our bench. lol. save the starters. all joking aside, ebled, crawford, barnes, odom (if he plays) and hollins could give the lakers starters problems.

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I might be wrong but I think you're off on that bro. Division winner cannot be lower than 4th seed I think. Non division winner can be as high as second.

But if 5th seed has the better record than 4th seed division winner, they still get home court advantage.

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The Lakers will be good but not as good as a lot of people think they will be. Kobe and Nash are old. Nash will see a huge drop in production playing with Kobe. He will average far fewer assists and at times be reduced to a spot up shooter. Dwight is coming off a back injury.

I see chemistry issues, Nash has a high chance of injury(Suns have the best medical staff and he still had to deal with health problems), Kobe could also potentially see injury, and Dwight may deal with lingering back problems. They have a small window of contention as well (at least until they steal some stars from other teams once Kobe and Nash retire....)

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I think the Lakers will be pretty good either way. People say they're old but doesn't mean anything. Look at Boston Celtics at 2008, they were consider old but they sure win something big. Also dont' forget about those San Antonio Spurs, they are old, but they are well coach so never count out the "old team" just cause they're old. It's doesn't mean anything if they still able to produce. As to in preseason both Kobe and Nash still can hang with these young guys.

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The '08 Celtics were old, but also deep. They had good enough role players to get them through the regular season and step up in the playoffs when necessary.

The Lakers don't have a bench. Mike Brown is going to be running that old starting lineup into the ground, and I can't imagine them avoiding any major injuries. I know the mantra is that benches don't matter in the playoffs, but that mantra is BS, because to win a ring, you need decent role players who will perform their roles when called upon, and I don't see that with this Lakers team.

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Yeah but you're forgetting that both of those teams had depth and guys that could come in off the bench and still scored unlike the Lakers, yes they have some nice guys coming off the bench but none that are really worth much imo. The Lakers starters are going to have to play hard minutes and since they're old and coming off of injury there's no way they can stay healthy long enough to even think of grabbing a championship.

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Boston still had their big three in the later stage of their prime (2-3 years left at peak performance). They played in two finals in three years and won one of those. San Antonio, is now old, and despite the best regular season record they have been exposed the past three years and have been bumped out. What San Antonio and the Celtics have proved is that you can still field a playoff team with three old starters as the core provided you bring in young guys to fill out the rest of the roster...but in no way is a core of older players the way to go and recent playoff exits by San Antonio and Boston prove that.

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Yes they will. Im only sad that i will be on the road heading to Vegas Sad

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Um, no they wont. The Lakers starting 5 is one of the best ever assembled, be honest. Their vulnerability is their bench.

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PleaseSellDTS wrote:
bullterrierclipsfan1349 wrote:
all joking aside, ebled, crawford, barnes, odom (if he plays) and hollins could give the lakers starters problems.

Um, no they wont. The Lakers starting 5 is one of the best ever assembled, be honest. Their vulnerability is their bench.

I'm not trying to bash you PleaseSellDTS, but how are you a Laker fan and a Clipper fan? It makes as much sense as giving a 38 year old PG a 3 year deal. I really am curious.

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PleaseSellDTS wrote:
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all joking aside, ebled, crawford, barnes, odom (if he plays) and hollins could give the lakers starters problems.

Um, no they wont. The Lakers starting 5 is one of the best ever assembled, be honest. Their vulnerability is their bench.

Absolutely... IF they had been assembled in 2008.

Word's coming down that neither kobe or coward are playing tomorrow.

But at least it looks like they have Jordan Hill back Yellow_Flash_Colorz_PDT_03

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^^Do I need to throw objectivity out the window to be a Clips fan? Apparently so.

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cleepers wrote:
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all joking aside, ebled, crawford, barnes, odom (if he plays) and hollins could give the lakers starters problems.

Um, no they wont. The Lakers starting 5 is one of the best ever assembled, be honest. Their vulnerability is their bench.

Yeah, IF they had been assembled in 2008.

Word's coming down that neither kobe or coward are playing tomorrow.

But at least it looks like they have Jordan Hill back Yellow_Flash_Colorz_PDT_03

HAHA I would consider this Lakers roster the 3rd best of the 2000's. And I can go on for days about better rosters than this current Lakers roster.

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^I didnt say roster, I said starting 5. Its pretty impressive, and is one of the best (I did not say "the best") ever assembled. I guess I was thinking that objective, smart fans like Clips fans could at least acknowledge that much.

Lakers fans are myopic, especially when it comes to Kobe. I expected more objectivity from you guys but now I know better.

I humbly accept my smackdown and get it now, I'll never post anything again that appears to be favorable to the Lakers, so as not to be labeled a Laker homer.

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I could care less if your a Laker fan, and if you take away "roster" and put starting 5 in what I said i'd still be right. 2000,2001,2003,2004 Lakers>>>>2013 Lakers. I also shouldn't have to mention the showtime lakers, any Jordan team besides Wizards, all the bad boy Pistons teams, 90's Rockets, The Heat. BTW those are just the obvious ones. If you want me to keep going I certainly can.

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am i the only one that thinks memphs is going to take a step back? what did they add this off season? no way they are better than the spurs!

The nuggets seem like a better team than the grizz in my opinion too

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^^ Clips, I will take that challenge. Based upon minutes played, here is what I think is the 1984 Bulls starting lineup:

MJ

Quinten Dailey

Orlando Woolridge

Steve Johnson

Dave Corzine

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Okay i'll keep going. Try and not take it so literally for instance when I say the Bird Era Celtics, don't call me out and say "Nuh Uh the last 4 years they sucked" they had 9 seasons with Bird that were better than your Lakers team now and that's not even including McHale who was a bench player. So here we go..... Pat Ewing, John Starks, Charles Oakley Era, - Shaq, Dennis Scott, Penny Era, - Barkley, Majerley, Johnson Era, - Oscar, Abdul-Jabbar Era, - Moses Malone 76ers, - Stockton and Malone had a couple years with a great starting 5 and them two alone to me is better - Rondo, Pierce, Allen, Garnett 2008-2010, 1994-1995 Super Sonics. I'm tired of typing but that's just a taste of the best starting 5's ever. It would be a laugh riot to watch this Lakers 5 go up against any of these teams 5's let alone their whole team.

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What are these eras you are talking about?

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Like for instance we are in the CP3/Griffin Era. The Shaq/Kobe Era was from 1996-2005.

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This year I think it is gonna be the CP3/Griffin/Jordan era this year!

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The Nuggets are the better team on paper.

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