foreverThe Bleacher Report: After the Lakers’ less-than-stellar 7-3 start, the expectations surrounding this team had substantially lowered. But as they’ve shown in the past, that’s when the Lakers function at their best.

The fact that they dropped their second game of the season to Dallas? Proof of how critical Pau Gasol’s absence can be. The fact that Phoenix had the best record in the West until as recently as yesterday? A pesky, short-term technicality.

Since the return of Pau Gasol, no team the Lakers has faced has been capable of remaining within 10 digits of their final score, never mind beating them. Now the Lakers are starting to show the tip of what could very well be an insurmountable iceberg.

After all, several of the greatest teams in NBA history have gotten off to relatively slow starts. The 1996 Bulls started off at 10-2 before capturing the NBA’s best-ever record of 72-10. Two years later the Bulls started off at 12-9 before winning 50 of their next 61 games. The 1972 33-straight-win Lakers started off at 6-3 before finishing at 69-13. The 2001 Lakers finished with a record of 56-26 — 11 fewer victories than they had earned in their previous regular season — before going undefeated until the Finals.

Phil Jackson has been quoted as saying that the Lakers are “on the brink.” There has been much speculation over what he meant, but given the Lakers’ play as of late, it’s becoming more and more clear.

Continue reading ‘Bleacher Report: Are the Lakers the next legendary team?’

  • bc18

    First

    • http://lakersnation.com Aaron2416377

      First to Second

  • http://LakersNation Marwan

    STFU bc18 and Aaron2416377

    • http://lakersnation.com Aaron2416377

      To bad you didn’t get here first nor second but they are always next time nigga

    • http://LakersNation Marwan

      Gee thanks for the tip, I’ll try to make an ass out of myself next time, I’ll be sure to stay up all night and waste my life waiting for a bunch of words to come up on the website so I can type “first” to ease myslef and so I can go to sleep at night knowing I was first, and that I will have my medal arrive when I wake up. Im sure others would have read my “first” comment and they really do care about the fact that I was an ass and wrote “first” to a bunch of words about Lakers.

      ASSHOLE, GTFO OFF!

      • roscoe

        dude, upgrade your sarcasm detector.

  • Gino

    “Phil Jackson has been quoted as saying that the Lakers are ‘on the brink.’” when the bench finally becomes consistent, then the full potential of the team can be realized.

  • Short Dog

    Dam straight. I hope we embarrass our so called competition.
    Short dog
    Laker #1
    Kobe MVP

  • TOUCHING_MYSELF

    Wow! I’m just amazed at the level of illiteracy that some of these fools are displaying on this site. It’s “too bad” not “to bad”. Then it’s “there’s always next time nigga” (meaning there is always next time nigga), not “they are always next time nigga”.

    Crazy ignorant fools! But hey, gotta love them… still Laker fans right? Hahaha!

    • FERN DOG

      Shut the fuck up touching myself your just a stupid fool who thinks he is smart.If your a lakerfan your a laker who gives a fuck who is smart or not.KOBE1 THATS RIGHT BITCH.So shut the fuck up bitch before i shove your comments uo your ass bitch.So shut the fuck up TOUCHING MYSELF STUPID BITCH.

      • TOUCHING_MYSELF

        I never claimed that I was smart, but you definitely proved to be stupid! I wrote “I’m just amazed at the level of illiteracy that some of these fools are displaying on this site”, I guess reading comprehension isn’t your thing, but that’s cool.

        And the reason why I know that reading comprehension isn’t your thing is because of my very last sentence “But hey, gotta love them… still Laker fans right? Hahaha!” is showing that I’m just having fun with my fellow Laker fans.

        But you, you’re so pent up with all this anger from fighting with smartkobe and/or bi-curious kobe that you’re just blindly swinging away and took my comments way outta context!

        Just fcuking relax and STFU! Hahaha!

        GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        AND ILLITERATE LAKER FANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        AND FERN DOG AND HIS DEFICIENCY IN READING COMPREHENSION!!!!!!!!!!!

        • roscoe

          grammar is not the internets strong suit.

        • Short Dog

          Touching Myself. Fern Dog thaught you were talking down on the Nation. You have been a stand up fan.
          As far as those other two mentioned they have disrespected the Nation. Just keep Fern dog out of your comments.
          Lakers #1

          • TOUCHING_MYSELF

            Yo Short Dog, I see that you stickin up for your bro and I can respect that, but you gotta know that he’s the one that drew 1st blood and that’s why things rolled the way it did. You know how I do man. Enough said though, I’ma chalk this up to a misunderstanding and give my fellow Laker fans the benefit of the doubt and let by gones be by gones. Good looking out though!

            GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • WifelovesLuke

    TLN has become a ghetto for low life hoods to throw out their colorful language and act tough. Just sad!!

    1-2-3 Ring!!

    • Short Dog

      Also for prepy ass lames that think they are so smart. You act like your shit don’t stink. Throw your ghetto cd/dvd collection away if you are so offended. Call the commissioner and have the players remove their tats.
      Go cry at the cemetary skreetch.
      4-5-6 Rings!

  • BrettW

    why hasn’t an administrator or forum moderator ban the impostor Short Dog and the rest of the other “dogs” that are not part of the productive and positive contributing real versions?

    maybe i speak for myself, but my perception of the affect they (impostors) have on this site seems to be not only hurting the friendly and positive atmosphere but also reminding pushing more contributors away due to the childish environment that I am seeing.

    it’s one thing to have the occasional (more frequent lately) boston celtic fan come her to ‘stir up the pot’ but another to pursue and antagonize specific members and in away attempt to hurt the (original member’s) image by assuming an identity similar to the current member/contributor.

    • Short Dog

      I’m a real person and never have used a fake name. Someone uses my name and my bro’s FERN name to comment crap.
      I’m the biggest Laker fan alive. So is FERN.
      I respect comments that show respect but when I get disrespected I disrespect back.
      I went as far as placing my address on here to settle this.
      Insults don’t sit well with me.
      So its lakers ALL DAY.

      • Short Dog

        BrettW. I’ve never heard of you. You could be that imposter. I see you have a lot of love for “wifeylovespubes”. He seems to always have some smart negative shit for a lot of fans.
        Also “stupidkobe” who said that Kobe Bryant is stupid.
        That’s some real productive and positive contributing.
        I guess these are your type of fans.
        I keep it real and down to earth.
        Lakers #1 back 2 back