If you are one of the people out there trying to act like the Lakers have lost their mojo, then shut the hell up. This guy, whom hates the Lakers with a fiery passion, has something to say in realistic terms so the people with limited modern day NBA knowledge (AKA the ones who are overreacting and blowing this Lakers’ “SKID” out of proportion) out there will gain something from this:
The Lakers are fine. By the time the playoffs get here they are going to absolutely kick the living dogshit out of other teams. Nobody will be able to compete. Not even the Spurs (I’ll explain later). The Lakers are not going to choke in the Western Conference playoffs and allow Phil Jackson to ride off into the sunset by taking a beating from a lesser team.
As my Lakers fiends/buddies Reg and BLUE from Sports Jabber have summed up this whole blow-up: regular season success will not correlate to playoff success. It will help you get there, but when you get there you still have to win four games before the other team does. What did Cleveland do in the playoffs in the 2008 and 2009 seasons? Did they win titles? No?
Last year the Celtics had a pretty ugly regular season compared to 2008 and 2009. A few people had them losing to the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs. Didn’t happen. The Celtics beat ’em up in five games. Hell, they took out LeBron James and the wilting Cleveland Cavaliers one series later before going nuts against the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Lakers have won two championships in a row. They are tired of the regular season. They truly don’t give a shit about what’s going on around them, and I understand that, in a way, although I think the Lakers are merely Hollywood’s team, a second-tier rate of entertainment for whenever actors/actresses get bored and want to be noticed even more by the media. When the playoffs get here, the Lake Show will ultimately kick their play into gear and run the league.
I absolutely love the San Antonio Spurs, but they aren’t the ’99, ’03, ’05 or ’07 team. They are a different team. Tim Duncan isn’t the same player he used to be. If LaMarcus Aldridge can put up 40 points against San Antonio, imagine what the Lakers’ streaky front court can do. Obviously the Spurs are another veteran team with, in my opinion, the best coach in the league (Gregg Popovich). However, when the Lakers are firing from all cylinders and Kobe isn’t being a bitch, LA is unstopable, until they run into the Celtics, of course.
I would love to join all the people who are saying the Lakers have no shot at the title, but I’m a realist at heart, and I’ve seen this happen too often. By the way, what happened to the ’05-’06 Pistons or the ’06-’07 Mavericks? Oh yeah, you do the research!
Be healthy, get hot at the right time and win your games when they matter most: the playoffs. It’s a sure bet that the Lakers will be giving their best efforts to do such.
By the way, if I’m wrong about all of this and the Lakers do in fact choke in the playoffs, then I’ll be the first one to admit I was wrong, and I’ll take the smile I’d have on my face all the way to the bank!