What makes a good basketball team?
Rebounding: Is there a better rebounder in the NBA than Dwight? Absolutely not.
Passing: Is there a better passer in the NBA than Nash? No.
Scoring: Kobe Bryant is the most lethal scorer in NBA history.
Interior defense: Dwight Howard is one of the greatest interior defenders in NBA history. How many DPOY's does he have?
Perimeter defense: Kobe Bryant is probably the best perimeter defender in NBA history. Top 5 at worst. How many 1st team D's does he have?
I don't even know where to begin... You have to know that Steven A smith would've told you that u are blasphemous, skip would've told you that u are assanine, assa-10, assa-11, assa-12, charles would've called you a knucklehead, kenny smith would've laughed at you, and basically any player would've laughed at you too. Heck even the lakers...
If you talk about the list of names, I'm sure you can make a case for ONE of the greatest teams ever assembled but not THE greatest team ever assembled. As far as I know, before the big 3 played in Miami they too said this team is the greatest team ever assembled. Lebron James was entering his prime. Dwyane Wade was the best shooting guard in the league. Chris Bosh was one of the hardest players to guard and was viewed by many as the best PF along with Amare and KG.
Ur reasons are terrible though. Dwight Howard is a great rebounder but along with shotblocking and dunking, that's all he pretty much does. He's not a better than Kevin Love at rebounding. Steve Nash is a fossil. He's in my oppinion not the best passer any more. He passes a lot but isn't the best anymore. He was in his prime, that title now goes to Rondo, CP3 or Lebron in my oppinion. Kobe being the most lethal scorer is wrong even today. In his prime he was a lethal GOAT class scorer but where was he this year? And last year? He's not the same. As for perimeter defense Kobe is great but in my oppinion both Lebron James and Tony Allen are better perimeter defenders. Lebron is also one of the best interior defenders also.
IN SHORT ANSWER : NO
You say dwight howard is a great rebounder,blocker,and dunker thats pretty much all he does.
He has made the all star game for the last couple of years and he's really a pf but is said to be the best center in the nba going against taller player most nites still putting up great numbers .Next year gasol and dwight might have career numbers playing with nash a bonafide play maker to his core. Nash might not be the man on d but hes no slouch on the offense passing or scoring and with his health freak lifestyle hes not slowing down like most men his age do.
Nash and Howard have lead their teams with lack of cast most times to back to back playoff berths.Nash and Howard have both made other teams better by being on the floor unlike MIA or the 99 bulls these are hof players who can lead individual teams DEEP in the playoffs and mesh together.
you're comparing a 34 year old Kobe, a 38, almost 39 year old Steve Nash, a Dwight Howard coming off back surgery, a past his prime and declinig MWP and a terrible bench to the showtime Lakers and the Kobe-Shaq led Lakers? I'm speechless.
Lets see them play a game, first.
The best team I've seen in my lifetime was the 95-96 Bulls. They had such team chemsitry despite Rodman's antics and somehow Phil Jackson managed to hold them together. A 33 year old Jordan and a 30 year old Pippen were not in their athletic primes, but their IQ's and veteran saavy were on another level.
Just throwing together a bunch of players doesn't make a great team. Remember when L.A. threw Karl Malone and Gary Payton in the mix? They won a lot of games and lost in the finals (4-1), but that didn't make them a great team and I don't know if Mike Brown is the guy to string this together.
Was it worth the risk? ABSOLUETLY, but this is an experiment. I do think they are the favorite to win the NBA title, this year, but the greatest team ever? They have to play the games first.
Let's not get out of hand... However, I think this team is going to be great.
I don't think the chemistry will take as long as people think. For one, Steve Nash is probably one of the easiest players to play with in NBA history. Kobe Bryant is older and wiser, and understands that his window is closing.
Nash, Kobe and Pau Gasol all have a very high basketball IQ. It'll be similar to when Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen joined Paul Pierce. They had chemistry almost immediately because they all had a high basketball IQ. How Dwight Howard returns from surgery is a big issue, but all reports are that he's on schedule to heal 100%. He should have the easiest season of his career. I really think that playing with Kobe is going to do wonders for Howard, who's not been around seriousness like this.
It's going to be an interesting season because there are literally three or four championship caliber teams in the Heat, Thunder, Lakers and maybe even the Spurs. Some people may even throw the Celtics in there.
I also think this team will be A LOT better than that Lakers team who lost to the Pistons. There was a lot wrong with that team.
Kobe was going through a rape case, plus he and Shaq weren't happy with each other. Gary Payton wasn't really a good fit in the triangle. And not only did Malone get injured, he also tried to get at Kobe's wife lol.
I just don't think the chemistry on that team was real great due to so many different personalities/going in different directions. Even still though, that team made it to the Finals and could've won it had Malone not gotten injured.
I'm a big laker fan but you have to win a couple titles before being labeled best team ever assembled. Revisit this three years from now
The best team ever assembled is the 95-96 Bulls ... to say the this Lakers team is the best team ever assembled is stupid ... can they win 1 game or play 1 game on a court before we start making predictions on if there the greatest team ... call me when they get close to 72-10
Imo no. And that mainly has to do with the age of 2 of their best players. Kobe and Nash are still elite, but they are no longer the players they once were. Especially Kobe who visibly gets winded at the end of games and thats why his 4th quarter scoring and shooting percentage is down. If the Lakers had all of these guys during their prime, then you could make an argument for them being the best team ever assembled. But as of right now, they aren't. Imo it's still probably the 1986 Celtics. They had everything, and all of their best players were in their prime. However, that doesn't mean that I don't think the Lakers can't win the title this year. If they gel and everyone stays healthy then I can def see them winning it this year, but they are not the best team ever assembled
and while everyone is screaming BULLS as best ever- not so fast. 86' celtics as one mentioned and 87' lakers are right there with that bulls team.
People are forgetting about how great Pau Gasol is. Last years system wasn't good for Pau. We saw Pau drop 24 in the final against team USA. He was scoring on Tyson Chandler( defensive player of year) at will. I think if you are running pick an rolls with Nash and Pau, and D12 waiting under the basket, Kobe out on the wing!! " On paper" this is the best offense ever.
"Kobe gets visibly winded at the end of games and thats why his 4th quarter- shooting percentage is down"
kobe has always shot around 40% in the 4th. even when he was younger
Nash has played with Scoring SGs finley(might have been top 3 def top 5 sg at the time) and joe johnson and won no problems so it isnt a qestion if he can fit in with kobe. Im not saying this team is better then any team but declining or not this is one hell of a team playing together they can all prolong eachother careers. Will they win the championship who knows will the put on one hell of a show we can bet on it.