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Dhamp...Call it a New Lakers Dynasty

As a Denver Nuggets fan it pains me to say.......The Lakers will win the next three NBA championships. Dhamp guarantees it.

I don't care if Boston signs Rasheed Wallace and Grant Hill this season. I'm not even worried about the free agents in the next off season.

The reality is, the Lakers have a dynasty in the making. They have good players at EVERY position, and maybe the best bench in the league with or without Lamar Odom.

Who could possibly stop this team but injuries? With Artest and Kobe and with Bynum and Gasol to defending the post, trying to score on this team is almost unfair. Maybe like the freshman B team going head to head with the varsity squad.

God forbid any big-time free agent wants to take less money and sign with them next summer.

Someone write this down. Yup yup, Rubio, Mikenike, Knickboy, Aran, Alphamale, where yall at?

Dhamp...the greatest basketball mind in the world. Next to Hubie Brown anyway.


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the one thing that stoping

the one thing that stoping me from calling them a Dynasty - Aging

Fisher- 14th year
Bryant- 14th year
Artest- 11th year
Gasol- 9th year
Odom- 11th year
Bynum- 5th year

Bynum is overrated.

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I hope you're right

But Odom is more important then you think, and with injuries, I would'nt exactly gaurantee anything let alone 3 straight. I'm looking forward to chasing 70 wins next year, which might happen if Bynum can be at full strength. Dude was a top 5 center before going down with injuries the last 2 years.

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The only guy on his way down is Fisher, and his lack of play did'nt hurt the lakers last season. If you think Kobe can't hit that switch anymore, then you are just plain wrong. Go tell the Knicks he does'nt have it in him. Also, Kobe played the least minutes last season since he was 19 years old. Phil is resting him more then ever. Because of their depth, no one has to play 40 minutes or carry the load.

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Hubie Brown

As Kobe ages, Bynum and others will play a more significant role. 70 wins is really within reach next season.

Dhamp...the greatest mind in basketball. Next to Hubie Brown anyway.

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No way they win the next 3

No way they win the next 3 championships. I could see them winning 1 out of the next 3 years. Too many other talented teams now. Look at the rosters...somebody is going to give the Lakers fits eventually. Spurs & Celtics & Cavs are equally talented and have better depth than the Lakers. Not to mention Orlando is still searching for free agents. The Mavs have improved a lot. The Blazers will keep getting better. They Lakers better not lose Odom or they might not win another championship.

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Kobe in some games, showed

Kobe in some games, showed me some tiredness. He can turn the swtich on but not as much as he did before

I dont think 70 wins is in reach because the Lakers are not flat and away the best team....

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i agree

70 wins and 3 stright titles is just a dream for Laker fans. It's possible, but there are so many other good teams out there. The Lakers have the target on their back. But I do believe that if they resign odom, they are the favorites next year. I do not think the Spurs, Celtics and Cavs have equal talent. Those are all tough teams, but the Lakers hold the edge with defense, size, skil and Kobe.

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DHamp I missed you homie

DHamp I missed you homie where you been. I have to agree with you and Kobe still have at least 6 great years left. people would not doubt an more mature Jordan. Also Ron Artest game has never been about being an athlete in the run and jump sense. The salary cap is going to help them restock with players that want to win and are medium skilled players who want more than team will pay them but are too good to play for less money on a losing team.

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theres 1 questions about the

theres 1 questions about the lakers. big man depth if Bynom gets injured again Powell, or Mbenga is their backup big. thats not very good and Bynom is slightly injure pron and its even worse if they dont re-sign Odom.

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If bynum gets hurt, thenGasol plays center and Odom plays pf. Guys like powell and would'nt have to do any more then they did last year, but obviously Odom is huge. But of course injuries can change things for anyone. The good thing is that this last injury did'nt require surgery for bynum and he did'nt miss any playof games, so I'm hoping rest will get him back to where he was.

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4 Rings

Kobe is capped at 4 rings. He's top 50 good. MAYBE top 10-15 good all time. But lets face it. The first 3 rings were because of Shaq. This was a very good year for him. However if Ginobli would actually stay healthy the Spurs are a better team (And I'd argue Duncan has been the best player in the NBA since Jordan and many BBall researchers agree).

Gasol is ok and is a nice back up. But Kobe is still getting old in terms of games played (has he passed 1000 yet; isn't that the 'curse'?).

I'll have to say. There is just too much other talent out there. I'm actually going to pull for Orlando next year. I want Vince to get his ring and I want Duncan to get 5 before Shaq or Kobe!!! (which begs the question of who do I pull for on a Spurs/Magic Finals)

He stayed in school 4 years and has been the best Big the past decade.

But yea. 100% not going to win 3 straight and I don't think he's going to win another ring. This could very well be Jackson's last year and if it is his chance drop by at least 50% of getting another one. Jackson is just that good of a coach.

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best bench in the league?

Farmar?Walton?Powell? cmon DHamp i know your smarter then this

I wouldnt say the lakers will be a dynasty down the road for the age reasons stated above, and also while Kobe is only in his early 30's he started playing when he was 17, has rarely missed games, so you would have to imagine he's getting worn down.That being said, If they get back Odom they are the easy favorite for the title, if they lose him they are no lock, but still a major contender

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come on dude, Kobe is a top 50 player and Gasol is OK and a nice backup..? You're too kind

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I think that is fair.

I think that is fair. People have been on his jock strap since he came into the league because they wanted someone to latch onto when Jordan left.

The top 50 is a reference to the top 50 of all time list that came out a while back. I've heard they may do another one to include 10 more from this era. I'm saying he is worhty to be in the list, probably somewhere around closer to #10. Just think about the greats though. Jordan/Bird/Magic/Jabar/Russel....no way he can crack the top 5 and I'm probably leaving someone off. So that leaves him somewhere between 5-10 and there are just lots of quality players. Had Kobe stayed on the Hornets and won 3-4 then he might crack the top 5. But the fact that he pitched a fit to goto the Lakers tells me he's not even in the same stratosphere Jordan. Jordan took a franchise that was nothing and created a Dynasty. Kobe had a similar chance but was too scared to try.

Bird and Magic saved the NBA from dying so they have to be there, not to mention how dominate they were for a decade before both having really short careers due to Bird's back and Magic's sickness.

Russel has like 11 rings and Kareem was unstoppable in the post

(just wanted to give justification for my quick top 5)

As for Gasol, he is a backup and could never be a main guy. He's a solid 2nd option for a team. He proved that so far in LA. But he's far from a dominant big guy. Duncan, Shaq, Dirk, Stoudomire, Dwight are all better players. Again, I might be leaving someone out but he is far from being a dominant Big in the league although is probably currently ranked somewhere between 6-10.

I think those are very fair assessments.

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Y is kobe capped at 4 rings and not ATLEAST a top 12 player of all time?? And Pau is not just ok and is not a backup, he proved last year that he is one of the best players in the league at his position and deserves to atleast be mentioned with the Amares and Bosh's of the league.

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areopogus- I agree....I

areopogus- I agree....I would put Kobe at around #10 all time. Also I see Gasol as a solid #2 option. Gasol isn't quite as good as Amare or Bosh IMO.

Kobe still has some years left so he may very well crack the top 5 when it is all said & done.

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Gatorheels I normally agree

Gatorheels I normally agree with you but your comment about the Cavs and Magic having better depth than the lakers is ridiculous. Cavs? Gibson, Big Z(who I doubt gets 10pts/game), and uhm...Magic? Reddick is the only one I can think of, they traded away the rest of their bench for Carter, remember? The spurs might have a better bench cuz of Ginobli but he doesn't play more than 50 games a year and their getting older than the lakers. D-Hamp I agree. Lakers have a mini dynasty going, could win next 3, Especially if Lebron leaves Cleveland and has to restart his championship quest.

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that sounds

a little more reasonable. But when you say things like Kobe is capped at 4 rings and people just want to be on his jockstrap, it makes you sound awfully biased. And who would'nt prefer to go to LA over Charlotte if they had the choice? I highly doubt that makes Kobe scared. I think he is right now the second best player to have played the game behind Jordan, and he could very well catch Jordan in the next 5 years.

And why does Kobe get ridiculed for having Shaq on his team when Shaq has won just as many titles without Kobe as Kobe has without him? I guess you think guys like Russell, Wilt, Kareem, Bird, and Magic all won titles without any hall of fame help either huh? And Gasol might not be a franchise player, but he led memphis to the playoffs without a second all-star. He also just played Dwight straight up to a standstill. I'm not saying Gasol is a superstar, but to say he is ok is like me saying Pippen was kinda decent at basketball.

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The fact is that the Bulls

The fact is that the Bulls were a nothing in the NBA until Jordan came. Not only did Jordan give them all of their finals appearances in their league history but he was 6-0 in those games.

There's one thing right there: Jordan never lost in a Finals.

Let's face it. 1979-1998 were the golden years of the NBA. There was more overall talent then than now. This is one reason why I'm timid to compare people from other generations but you have to try just for fun!

The reason people talk about Shaq in reference to 2000-2002 rings is because Shaq was the #1 option for all 3 and, iirc, got all 3 FInals MvP's. That takes some away from his first 3. It means more when you are THE GUY rather than a 2nd or 3rd optoin. Not saying they didn't contribute, but that when you compare rings you need to take that into consideration. Doesn't Steve Kerr have like 7 rings? Pure ring count doesn't mean everything.

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DHamp your guarantee means

DHamp your guarantee means nothing. You are always wrong when you guarantee something...Devo being drafted, Nuggets beating Lakers. So don't waste our time with this guarantee that will almost surely not come true.

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true, I'm actually dissapointed that DHamp just predicted my lakers to win. Now I know they have no chance.

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dwatt4444.....The Magic have

dwatt4444.....The Magic have terrible depth. I didn't say they had better depth than the Lakers. I said the Celtics, Spurs, & Cavs are equally talented & have better depth.

On the bench for the spurs....George Hill, Roger Mason, Dajuan Blair, De Colo, McClinton, Finley, Bonner
On the bench for the celtics...either Perkins or Rasheed, maybe Big Baby, JR Giddens, Pruitt, Walker, Tony Allen, Eddie House
On the bench for the cavs....(I am assuming Anthony Parker will start) Delonte West, Big Z, Gibson, JJ Hickson, Wallly, Darnell Jackson

I think all three of those benches is stronger than the Lakers.

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Gatorheels, If big baby

Gatorheels, If big baby doesn't resign the C's aren't that deep. Walker, Pruitt and Giddens have proved nothing. Although I do like Walker and Giddens.

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I would take Giddens,

I would take Giddens, Pruitt, & Walker over Farmar, Brown, & Walton anyday though. All the Lakers have left is Odom. Celtics still have Tony Allen, Rasheed or Perkins, & Eddie House. If Big Baby does resign the Celtics win in a landslide as far as depth is concerned.

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I am not saying the Lakers

I am not saying the Lakers bench is better I am saying it is pretty weak in itself.

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A prime Shaq was better then Jordan and Tex Winter himself said Jordan would have never avereged 30 a game playing with a prime Shaq like Kobe did. Secondly, the 80's were considerd the golden years because guys like Bird, Jordan, and Magic made the league blossom. The 90's were considered crappy due to a bunch of expansion. Scoring was way down and the league was tampering with rules to make it better.

None of the teams that the bulls beat were some amazig group of guys. The league naturally evolves as each generation pushes the next. Now guys are more athletic and play tougher d and have more complete games then ever. Jordan was a big part of that because everyone wanted to be like him. Who did jordan compete with on the perimeter? Drexler, Richmond, Dumars, Starks, Majerle, Miller... Try competeing with guys like Lebron, Wdae, Kobe, etc. And who were the centers he scored on in the finals? Oliver miller, Vlade Divac, Greg Ostertag, Jim McIlvaine...

The game has evolved and right now it belongs to kobe and lebron. To try and take away from Kobe by saying he had it easy playing with shaq and in an easier era is wrong.

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interesting dynasty theory

They won three with a Kobe, Fisher, Shaq, Horry etc but that was back when Kobe was 21-24 and Fisher was 23-26. Thinking Kobe will be at this great level for 6 more years is a joke look at his minutes played over his career, Jordan only played that long because he had 5-6 years off in between. With 6 more years he would become maybe the 3rd highest with games played not counting the playoffs which obviously he has played in plenty of. Another reason they won't win the next few championships is Phil Jackson most likely this is his last year becaz of health. Also, Fisher is getting old because he made 2 clutch 3's doesn't mean he is close to what he was during the first 3 peat. He got burned by younger pg's in the playoffs off the dribble. Without Odom this team isn't going anymore, Bynum isn't that good & Gasol is a very good player but he's no where close to a Duncan/KG level on defense. I'll give it to them for signing Artest made the team tougher though I think his defense is a lil overrated, his offense is underrated. Nothing was wrong with Ariza but they upgraded. Its foolish to think they can beat the league like they did this past year w/Spurs, Blazers, Nuggets, Mavs, Cavs, Celtics will all be better. Also the cap its going down 57.7 mill the Lakers already at 85 mill for next year w/out Odom's 7-10 mill salary. So if their at 92 mill w. the luxury tax at 67 million that 25 million in luxury tax at least they have to pay. That might work for 1 season but doubtful they are willing to pay for it in the long haul esp. w/the lux tax number dropping. Forget about draft picks next years 1st rounder gone to Memphis & obviously they will be picking in the last 4-5 spots in the first round the following years as well. How are they getting younger at any position, besides Center the team will be well into the 30's.

"The reality is, the Lakers have a dynasty in the making. They have good players at EVERY position, and maybe the best bench in the league with or without Lamar Odom".

That might be the dumbest comment ever on this site, who's on the bench besides Walton that any team worries about. Vujacic can't hit a shot for his life, Mbenga, Powell, did nothing in the playoffs. Farmar doesn't fit their system and might get traded. Brown had a few good games against the Nuggets doesn't mean he's a 6th man. The bench is the weak part of the team.

If the Celtics sign Grant Hill they might be favorites to win it all they are better at every position than the Lakers except SG which obviously Kobe trumps everyone. Their bench will have Rasheed Wallace, Grant Hill, House, Scalabrine, possibly Big Baby I'd take any of them over guy on Lakers bench except Odom.

Don't count out the Spurs if Ginobli is healthy with Parker, Mason, Finley, RJ, Blair, Duncan, McDyess, Bonner they have plenty of talent and more guys that can get to the rim. More importantly a healthy Duncan is a nightmaire for any team. This upcoming season probably will be one of the most competitive one for the championship.

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Kobe averages 30 pts a year

Kobe averages 30 pts a year once with Shaq don't forget he plays in the West Conf. and in a totally different era than MJ did in the 90's.

Try competeing with guys like Lebron, Wdae, Kobe, etc. And who were the centers he scored on in the finals? Oliver miller, Vlade Divac, Greg Ostertag, Jim McIlvaine

Who have the Lakers played in the Finals, Mutumbo, Rick Smits, Todd McCulloch, Ben Wallace are world beaters now. Kobe hasn't faced LeBron, Wade in the playoffs he's lost to Nash twice, KG, Duncan, Rip and Co. Give me a break Jordan already beat Malone, Stockton, Ewing, Kemp, Barkley, Payton, Drexler, Magic. Last I checked when you win 6 rings and only lost in the playoffs in 95 after playing about 20 regular season games. Bulls probably would've won in 94 & 99 easily if MJ didn't retire.

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Giddens < Brown Walker <

Giddens < Brown
Walker < Walton
Pruitt < Farmer

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If you are referring to me, I did'nt mean that kobe avereged 30 a game with shaq, just that he played with a prime shaq wich jordan did'nt. Also, I'm not sure what confrence has to so with it, the lakers were never a run and gun team. Guys like Shaq, fox, horry and fisher were all half court players. And as for the eras, the 90's had less athleticism on defense. The perimter guys are more athletic and the bigs who rotate over are way more athletic now. The reason scoring is up is because players are more talented and teams don't just go one one as much as they used.

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How does playing with a

How does playing with a prime Shaq hurt you though? No one is knocking Kobe he's a top 10 player maybe higher but I can't see how he played in a tougher era than Jordan. More stars played in the 90's than the 2000 decade.

Actrually your wrong about the one on one plays they played better team basketball back than. Defense, 4th quarter scoring and committing few mistakes wins. Just look at the Lakers the last 2 years difference in winning and losing in the Finals.

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I think the team who could

I think the team who could win a title is Boston

Rondo is a jumpshot away from being a top 3 PG.

Allen and Pierce are getting up there but they are guys who play off each other.

Garnett getting hurt was actually good. He needed some time off because he played like 12-15 straight seasons of Playoff basketball and reg season ball.

Wallace can be a solid C or the 6th man

Perkins, Walker, Pruitt, Hudson, Allen are great contributors off the bench.

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The 90's had better TEAM

The 90's had better TEAM defense... IIperez22 in the late 80's and early 90's players had higher IQ's and played a more physical brand of defense... Athleticism is just part of good defensive, playing angles, discipline, and footwork have alot to do with playing good defensive.. Jordan would have averaged 30 with or without Shaq he was just that type of player...

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as far as who kobe palyed

against, I was referring to regular season play. But in the playoffs, guys like Ronnie brewer, artest, battier, djones, and pietrus are all great defenders from just this past playofs. Jordan got to go straight up against guys like Ehlo, Bryon Russel, and undersized guys like payton and Starks. Regardless, i've already said jordan was the best ever including kobe so I'm not sure how this convo even turned into that. I was just defending Kobe from people were saying he was'nt even top 10.

And for the 90's, I can gaurantee you teams went way more one on one back then. Every play was clearing the side for the all-star and running a pick and roll. Now there are more shooters, so teams pass the ball around more instead of just letting it stick in one guys hand. Watching Barkley and Ewing and malone just pound the ball on one side was not very fun to watch.

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In the 80's and to a lesser extent the 90's, players were more one dimensional. Some guys could shoot, some could drive, some could play d. That's what made jordan so special, because he put everything together. The defenses used to be able to pack it in and just stay on the one shooter. Or they would collapse on the star player because there was always one or two guys that were non threats. With the way the game evolves, defenses are extended out to 25 feet because in today's game, almost everyone can shoot. So the defenders have to be quicker to stay out on guys and the bigs have to be able to rotate faster then ever. Guys were more physical back then because they had to be because they were'nt as quick. The game evolves, players don't get worse at defense and coaches don't all the sudden start preaching less defense.

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I think alot of NBA type talents are pampered since they where in high school and they dont learn how to play proper defensive because they get that superstar treatment... Coaches still preach defensive but that doesnt mean a player thats making 10 mil dollars is going to listen (thats why the NBA is a players league)... Players now tune their coaches out more than ever and alot of players in the league are terrible team defenders.... Teams have alot of the same defensive philosphys but they dont pay attention to detail as much as 10 or 15 years ago.... I understand where you are coming from when you say the game has evolved but as a student of the game in the late 80's to mid 90's the games (offensively and defensively) the game was played at higher level.....

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I can see the Lakers being a consistent contender for the next few years barring injury. OK...Kobe and Fish are into their 14th and 15th years, but still KOBE is only 30 which is not TOO old. Artest is awaiting 30, so I look to see them compete for 3 to 4 years. EVERYBODY is getting better, but the LAKERS are seasoned and experienced. Thats why their bench is fairly the best in the league. They are BATTLE-TESTED!! Jackson is doing a great time placing Rambis and company under his wing. This will be good in the future.

I dont know how the season is going to pan out, but lets stop bashing Dhamp and his theory. KOBE just needs this rest this summer and watch how FRESH he and the Lakers will come back. OVERALL, lets embrace the greatness of KOBE and how he may carry a team. GASOL is a GREAT center in this league, lets give him credit. BYNUM is BYNUM, he does what he do. ODOM is a special guy, very versatile, so I hope the Lakers re-sign him. ARTEST, OVERRATED DEFENDER??? Come on now, the guy aint what he used to be, but I guarantee you he will help KOBE this year on defense. FARMAR will receive the role as the next Lakers pg. Vujacic must emerge as the 3pt. threat he once was, as well as bringing that instant offense he used to. WALTON is versatile and a nice little spark off the bench. Can do it all on the court. BROWN is the wildcard for me. STUPID athletic!!!! Can shoot the 3 fairly decent as well. POWELL is solid and deserves a little more minutes to show off his mid-range and pick and roll game. Mbenga is a long, lengthy defending big that will hopefully find some use one day. MORRISON will hopefully gain that Gonzaga form so he can get back that 3 pt. touch he once possessed.

SOLID TEAM FOR A FEW MORE YEARS!!!!

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no other team is on there

no other team is on there level from top to botton come on..boston is good but they have no bench and up there in age..ray allen really showed it..knicks kobe isnt tired so you can stop wishing on that..his efficantcy ratings have actually gone up this year and will go up even more now that ron is there and he doesnt have to carry the load..spurs is another team that has zero bench and duncan is learly on his way down.....and gator you can have giddens walker and pruitt because none of them have even shown they can get consistant min yet unless you count the d leauge..will the lakers win three straight..no one knows but odds are in there favor much more then any other team in the leauge...just like the convo cavsdawg and knicks had..check the vegas lines

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josh huestis- your saying

josh huestis- your saying that as a Lakers fan...lol

The Lakers are not the next dynasty. I dont see them winning a title next year. They can make it but I think the Rasheed Wallace addition was better than adding Ron Artest.

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ok d hamp, i consde the

ok d hamp, i consde the lakers are a very good team, but calling them a dynasty and guaranteeing the next 3 championships is VERY bold. I mean, the Celtics will be at full strength next year and they bring back the lineup + Rasheed Wallace (not to mention Rajon Rondo's improvement). Orlando's lookin real good with VInce Carter, Cleveland's makin noise with shaq and anthony parker, and in the west, you can't discount dallas, san antonio, not to mention houston if yao ming comes back.

and really, kobe and derek fisher are aging, ron artest is an ok pickup but how much better is he than trevor ariza at the end of the day? i think the lakers will have an ok shot at the title this season, but after that, who knows?

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not only as a laker fan but

not only as a laker fan but looking at other websites and looking at the odds knicks..im pretty sure just about everywhere u look the lakers are favored...am i wrong?..check out vegas odds Los Angeles Lakers 7-4 In Progress
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personally i dont think its a better pick up since they were pretty solid down low when healthy..ron ron at this point is better than rasheed..rashedd has clearly took a step backwards and is on the downside of his career..and yes he was trying last year for those who will try to make and excuse for the past season..rasheed isnt the type of player that just doesnt try

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they better resign odom or

they better resign odom or they win nothing

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The people who don't think I'm right is forgetting one thing. Kobe Bryant will always attract other good players who are hungry for a title. In that reguard, Kobe will be much like Tom Brady. Ron Artest is only the first example and a good building block.

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But Vegas Odds are just

But Vegas Odds are just guessing too. I just dont think the Lakers have the best roster. I mean beside Kobe, noone on that team is better than anyone on the Celtics starting 5

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Josh come on dude...how can

Josh come on dude...how can you say the Celtics & Spurs have no bench??? Look at their rosters please.

It is the Lakers that don't have quality depth.

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thank you gator...help me

thank you gator...help me out here

a pg who everyone admits is slow

a sf who is a head case ( i love ron artest but come on)

a pf who play soft all year except for 6 games

a C who cannot play well in the playoffs

a SF/PF off the bench who eats too much candy

and

kobe...

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Artest is an upgrade over

Artest is an upgrade over Ariza....but not a huge upgrade. Ariza made a lot of clutch shots in the playoffs.
Fisher made clutch shots too but yeah he is slow and can only get worse.
Kobe is Kobe....but I did see him wear down in some games.
Odom...that candy is going to catch up with him. No wonder he will never reach his potential.
Bynum...somewhat of a mystery to me. Has some great moments but dissapears completely for long stretches.
Gasol- he stepped his game up but what happens when he faces KG again...he turns soft
The Bench- straight trash..Walton scrub...Farmar scrub...Brown has some talent but isn't a factor yet...who else? nobody

If the Celtics manage to resign Big Baby and pickup Grant Hill...its a wrap. Boston will be world champs.
I think the Spurs match up well with the Lakers too as long as they stay healthy. I mean Tony Parker casuses Fisher fits. Ginboli will make Kobe work very hard on D. Jefferson will make Artest work very hard on D. Duncan will abuse Bynum &or Gasol. What happens when Kobe & Artest get tired? They have no subs.

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gator...gasol is still

gator...gasol is still soft

im not gonna take that label off because he played Dwight Howard who has 1 or 2 post moves

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Knicksboy34 lol!! Too funny. You gotta learn a little more about the game. I can negate everything you said.

Shannon Brown will become the new defacto point guard.

Ron Artest won't be a head case now that he's playing on a contender.

The Lakers only need their power forward to not play soft for six games (already proved)

An unhealthy center won't play well in the playoffs. A healthy Bynum will, however

And a 7 foot sf/pf who is plays every position (his rookie season at the point)

Dhamp....you know the name

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Shannon Brown cannot Play PG

Shannon Brown cannot Play PG ( your boy Josh knows that)

Agreeable, but who thought he would attack a fan? you never know

Against Howard, Gasol looks tough. Against Kevin Garnett, Gasol looks like Shaggy from Scooby Doo

Bynum was healthy...he didnt play well and phil put him on the bench.

Odom off the bench is good...but it does not fill every need. The Lakers need more depth.

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