This false sense of hope reminds me of the 2004-2005 season. I was there for opening night when Chris Mihn had a nice performance. Everyone was talking about how we were better without shaq. Team sucked. The lakers will probably not be better, short-term, without Howard. Long term they should be fine. I doubt that dantoni and the dudes on one year contracts will set the world in fire. Conversely I don't think the lakers will be the Los Angeles generals. Lakers make the 7-8 seed if they are lucky.
Nowhere near that bad and we were nowhere near as deep then as we are right now.