Jason Riley is the executive director of LakerNation.com. He also pens a regular opinion column, Out of Bounds, and is the co-host of Voice of the Nation: Fastbreak. He currently splits his time in Los Angeles, CA and Carlsbad, CA.
Now that optimism is starting to rise again in LakerNation, give me four minutes of your time and I'll explain why I think this Lakers team - the one we've been drilling all season - has the potential to be the greatest team in NBA history.
In today's State of the Nation, we dive into the Lakers' playoff picture, pick our favorite first round opponent, and most importantly, try to figure out just how far this Lakers team can go once they get in.
In the latest edition of Voice of the Nation: Fastbreak, David Brickley and Jason Riley lay out the road to the postseason, and give you a few reasons why the Lakers may, or may not, play beyond 82 games this season.
Despite the lofty expectations this season, the Lakers have their work cut out for them if they plan to make the playoffs. We track their progress, and how they stack up with Houston, Utah and the rest of the West.