The NBA was thrilled to have the Lakers back in the Finals but it will be one and done for them.
Kobe is still one of the best to ever had played this game but he lacks what made MJ best and that is he doesn't make the guys around him better.
Yes, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum are nice players but not quite on the level of Scottie to Michael or McHale to Bird, or Shaq to D Wade.
Radmanovic is too up and down and is actually a liability when his shot is not on.
The rest of the team is average at best but in the Pacific that is going to be plenty to get them to the playoffs and probably home court for the first couple rounds.
They are an average defensive unit and not up to Phil Jackson's previous standards.
Offensively, as long as they have Kobe, they will always be able to score but I don't think it will be enough to get them back to the Finals.
-- NBA Scout
boy this scout has gotten me real pissed off :rant:
Edited by magicbalala245, October 04, 2008 - 05:11 PM.