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ESPN Summer Forecast: Who Will Win The NBA Title?


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#1 Guest_Chicano_*

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Posted September 11, 2008 - 10:21 PM

http://sports.espn.g...mp;lid=tab4pos1

Is it L.A.'s turn again?

Yes, it is, according to about half of our panel of 25 ESPN writers, editors and contributors.

Just as they have been throughout most of NBA history, the Los Angeles Lakers are a force again -- and now the preseason favorites to win NBA title No. 15.

Of course, that means 13 members of our panel predicted the Lakers will not win the 2008-09 NBA championship, and the top challenger in our voting will surprise some: the up-and-coming New Orleans Hornets, not the Boston Celtics.

And, don't forget, the Lakers were also favored going into the Finals in June, and we all saw how the Celtics fed on the skepticism about their chances.


But the difficulty of repeating, especially with an older lineup, is reflected in the voting results below: Only 16 percent of our panel sees the C's going back-to-back.

To register your opinion, click here.

For the full results, including the surging expectations for the Hornets and the dark-horse candidacies of the Rockets and Cavaliers, see below:

2008-09 PREDICTIONS: NBA CHAMPS
RANK TEAM PREDICTED RECORD VOTES
1 Los Angeles Lakers 55-27 (.671) 12

2 New Orleans Hornets 54-28 (.659) 6
3 Boston Celtics 55-27 (.671) 4
4 Houston Rockets 53-29 (.646) 2
5 Cleveland Cavaliers 50-32 (.610) 1

The Lakers might win the 2008-09 NBA title if ...

• The most famous pinkie in the history of hoops holds up. We've been hearing about Bryant's finger since February, and now he has opted against surgery because he doesn't want to miss any time this season with the team. Maybe this change of heart will lead to a quieter training camp for the Lakers … or not.

• Andrew Bynum regains last season's form. The Lakers were good enough to reach the NBA Finals last season and that was without their rapidly improving big man. Bynum injured his left knee eight months ago, but now says he is 100 percent healthy. If that's the case, watch out.

• The bench mob -- minus Ronny Turiaf, who is now in Golden State -- once again provides quality minutes.

The Lakers might not win the 2008-09 NBA title if ...

• Kobe gets too weary during the next nine months after the Lakers' deep playoff run and his Olympic commitment. Also, if his finger forces him to miss time, that will mean trouble in Lakerland.

• The frontcourt gets too crowded. After Pau Gasol was acquired midseason, he performed well in the frontcourt with Lamar Odom. How will Bynum fit in?

• Derek Fisher shows signs of aging and Jordan Farmar isn't ready to fill the void.

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#2 lyk13

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Posted September 11, 2008 - 10:30 PM

Read that, but like most BSPN supporters, I dun like some words they used.




#3 Smoove

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Posted September 11, 2008 - 10:33 PM

Oh noes the BSPN curse

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#4 Imadogg

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Posted September 12, 2008 - 01:36 AM

Lol enough with the BSPN.

I agree with them, the Lakers will win it all.

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Posted September 12, 2008 - 05:56 AM

What a bunch of haters :rolls eyes:

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Posted September 12, 2008 - 09:18 AM

For some reason, I don't like being favored.

#7 A_V_R

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Posted September 12, 2008 - 10:22 AM

For some reason, I don't like being favored.



#8 Imadogg

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Posted September 12, 2008 - 02:04 PM

For some reason, I don't like being favored.

Yea, we were a huge favorite last year......


I don't care though. This year bring it on. After the finals loss I know none of the team is gonna look at these predictions and let it get to their heads. I think this could be a historic year (if no one gets injured... please).

#9 The Original 81

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Posted September 12, 2008 - 02:12 PM

I disregard these "expert" predictions for the most part. Being a Mets fan witnessing that epic collapse last year, and a Cowboys fan watching my team win 13 games, be predicted to get to the SB, and then lose the 1st playoff game, nothing is guaranteed.

#10 ファイナルファンタジ

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Posted September 12, 2008 - 04:00 PM

They need to stop doing these predictions. Putting too much pressure and it will lead to our downfall.

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#11 Imadogg

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Posted September 12, 2008 - 04:49 PM

They need to stop doing these predictions. Putting too much pressure and it will lead to our downfall.

Oh yea they need to stop making predictions cuz the pressure will make the Lakers lose.

Makes mucho senso

#12 ファイナルファンタジ

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Posted September 12, 2008 - 05:37 PM

Oh yea they need to stop making predictions cuz the pressure will make the Lakers lose.

Makes mucho senso

Yeh the end of the world will happen if they predict that. :( Obviously they won't lose, I just wanted to make a sarcastic comment. :(

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Posted September 13, 2008 - 01:32 AM

The rest of the anti-us will want those predictions.




#14 ReaListik

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Posted September 13, 2008 - 10:51 AM

Yeah I don't know how much stock I put into these predictions. As a player I wouldn't pay much attention to what anyone else says. Just go out there and get the W.
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