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#1 Smart Alex

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Posted September 07, 2008 - 06:48 PM

Which team will be the biggest threat of keeping the Lakers from winning the conference.

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Posted September 07, 2008 - 06:49 PM

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Posted September 07, 2008 - 06:56 PM

I'd say the biggest competition will come from either New Orleans or Houston

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Posted September 07, 2008 - 06:56 PM

How bout Spurs or Portland?

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Posted September 07, 2008 - 07:02 PM

Spurs could put up a fight, but if our frontcourt of Pau and Bynum works out as many of us expect, they won't be able to handle us. Duncan would guard one of the two, but the other would be free to absolutely destroy Fabricio Oberto, or whoever is playing alongside Duncan in the frontcourt.

I'm a little worried about Portland, but they are a very young team that still has a lot of developing left to do and I don't see their frontcourt of Oden/Aldridge being able to keep up with Bynum/Pau simply due to experience. They don't have an answer for Kobe, and, if Lamar ever plays like he's shown he's capable of doing, then Portland would be no problem.

Portland has scary potential, but at the moment, it's only potential. It'll take them a few years to develop into a contender, and by that time, contract issues will keep the team from staying intact.

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Posted September 07, 2008 - 07:02 PM

spurs are done. theyll find a way to get in the playoffs but there done.
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Posted September 07, 2008 - 07:06 PM

Hornets and Jazz, i think Deron Williams will have the best season stats wise out of all the pg's.
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Posted September 07, 2008 - 08:04 PM

Lakers always have problems with portland. Hornets or Rockets or Utah at home.

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Posted September 07, 2008 - 08:05 PM

Portland for sure. When was the last time the Lakers won at the Rose Garden? I think the rest can be easily defeated as long as we execute our offense and we don't have stupid substitutions.

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Posted September 07, 2008 - 08:06 PM

Rockets-barring injuries and artest doesn't explode.
Hornets-Self-exp, but one injury can certainly tear them apart.

Spurs-jazz middle

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Posted September 07, 2008 - 08:09 PM

Spurs are on the way down (but hold on a second, I said that the last 3 years!).
Mavs have disappeared.
Suns are done.

The Hornets are the newest team to reach the Western conference elite. Along with them we have the Jazz who are still dangerous, and Houston of course if they live up to their expectations for once (and they should be much better this year, with Artest added and hopefully no big injuries). Spurs (and us of course) should round out the top 5 west teams barring injury.

Portland will be a great young team and will make the playoffs, but they aren't a threat to the elites... yet.

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Posted September 07, 2008 - 08:23 PM

Definitely New Orleans and Houston, but there is bound to be another surprise team in the West that does really well.

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Posted September 07, 2008 - 08:44 PM

Rockets look to be pretty formideable.

Hornets, we get killed on the PnR.

Spurs are always good competition.

Jazz will only get better.

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Posted September 07, 2008 - 08:53 PM

Definitely New Orleans and Houston, but there is bound to be another surprise team in the West that does really well.

The Clippers. :nervous:

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Posted September 07, 2008 - 09:04 PM

The Rockets. If they manage to stay healthy watch out for them. Plus they have a Kobe stopper in Battier dude could lock up Kobe any day. We all know that Yao could light us up even with Bynum. And now they have Artest another guy who could play Kobe hard. This team could really give us a tough time.

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Posted September 07, 2008 - 10:33 PM

The Clippers. :rock:


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Posted September 07, 2008 - 11:42 PM

Hornets and the Rockets(if they gel)

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Posted September 08, 2008 - 02:33 AM

Houston
New Orleans
SA
Jazz

these 4 teams are all we need to care for...and SA and Jazz are not really dangerous...we beat them without Drew easily and we gonna dominate them now anyway...

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Posted September 08, 2008 - 06:17 AM

Which team will be the biggest threat of keeping the Lakers from winning the conference.


Portland.

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Posted September 08, 2008 - 09:13 AM

Our biggest competition is ourselves.

Staying focused.
Staying hungry.
Staying discipline.
Staying humble.




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