One of the most underrated things about basketball and sports in general is chemistry. There's been so many talented teams over the years that have failed to live up to expectations because of a severe lack of chemistry. Our very own Lakers were one of them in 2004. I've always thought that you needed two things to win an NBA championship. Championship caliber talent which the Lakers most certainly have with four future Hall of Famers in the starting unit in Kobe Bryant, the newly acquired Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, and Pau Gasol. The other is as I previously mentioned chemistry. It doesn't happen over night or in two games. It takes time and lots of it. I've always thought it's much better to have your struggles early in the season rather than late. Alot of teams peak too early. A prime example is the San Antonio Spurs the last two seasons. They dominated the league and had the best record in the Western Conference for two years in a row, but they peaked too really and lost in the playoffs both seasons. It's better to get our struggles and get through them now than have to deal with them towards the end of the season.
I think a great example of a newly formed star studded team struggling early on is the Miami Heat. When they first formed alot of people said they would beat the Chicago Bulls regular season win record of 72 games. To say they had super high expectations would we be a huge understatement. They got off to a really rough start. Miami went 9-8 in their first 17 games and alot of people like they're currently doing with Mike Brown were calling for Eric Spoelstra's head. Miami finished the year 48-17 and second overall in the East. They had a phenomal playoff run through the Eastern Conference and made the Finals and were a couple of games from winning the whole thing. It took Miami time, but eventually they developed some chemistry and became the most dominant and exciting team in all of basketball. I expect similar for these Lakers. Eventually all this talent will come together, build some chemistry, and start to dominate teams and play to their talent level.
Edited by Cowboys&LakersFan, November 01, 2012 - 12:12 AM.