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We decided to ask our beloved Lakers Nation staff members one question to start the New Year, “What do you expect from our Los Angeles Lakers in 2008?” This is what they had to say…

Creators

hZm (Co-Creator): Its hard to say what can be expected from this team come 2008. We’re playing some of our best basketball since the days of Kobe – Shaq, but yet this still seems like too young of a team to have serious success in the Playoffs. Its a tough call, but like any hopeful fan, I think we have a chance to go deep this year and let the entire league know that we’re back. I don’t expect us to make any moves because as of now, we don’t look like we need it. All in all, I see a (hopefully) successful year for the L.A. Lakers.

LD2k (Co-Creator): After a wild summer which included interning for Kobe’s marketing company, I had my nervous moments as a fan. I never would’ve thought with all the drama that the team would come together under Kobe this quickly. Bynum is establishing himself as the dominant back-to-basket center in the league and Kobe is developing a chemistry with him and the rest of the squad. I believe the Lakers are going to make some noise in the league this year and the addition of Derek Fisher is key. I expect the Lakers to make it to the WCF’s this season, and remain healthy. Their depth has proven to be the best among the best in the league. Anything is possible with Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant on this team; never forget that. Lastly, look for some more of my videos this upcoming season. You guys, the best fans in the world, make me proud to be able to showcase my talents. Thank you for all of your support. We follow because we believe.

The Nugget (Co-Creator): When the season started, I didn’t expect anything from this team, with the Kobe drama fresh in our minds and the Lakers, I stupidly thought that this team would fail knowing that Kobe himself didn’t even want part of this organization. However, after watching the last 25 plus games, I’ve came to following conclusion, anything is possible. From getting Jason Kidd to wear a Lakers jersey to winning an NBA Championship. However, several things are for sure… great moments will happen, terrible moments always happen, and an unexpected moments will make us believe.

Staff

Steve Avery (Post-Game): The Lakers will get out of the first round this year. This team has the perfect mix of veteran leadership to complement the young talent. Kobe is growing more as a leader each game and young Andrew is maturing right before our eyes. If the Lakers can limit the turnovers, the sky is the limit (as long as we don’t run into Boston).

DBricks (Writer): The Lakers are playing good ball. What we Laker fans expect a healthy Laker team to do. Last year we had a multitude of injuries including Lamar, Radmanovic, Luke, Kwame, Mihm, etc. Now everybody’s healthy and we are currently 4 th in the west and only a few back of the best record in the conference. That being said I think we need one more piece. One more piece at the trading deadline to solidify this team as a true contender. No, I’m not talking Jason Kidd or Jermaine O’Neal, I’m talking just one more solid player that can be consistent for us night in and night out. If we go get that one extra piece, I think this puzzle is complete and we can compete for a NBA Championship in June.

Davey Da (Writer): The Lakers will not make a major trade before the deadline this year. Their gold is maturing, and they know that. We will watch Bynum continue to mature and Crittenton begin to get some time. The Lakers will be a dangerous force this year. As Bynum’s offensive game continues to solidify, over this year and next, buckle in. It’s going to be a short, quick ride back to Laker dominance.

nyla (MySpace): At the rate were going and seeing our improvement, I expect the Lakers to end the season no lower than the 6th best record in the west. Sure, we have flaws on our defense and we haven’t finished games a few games like we should, but it will come as our young guys continue to grow and as we grow and gel more as a team. Our defense will be a little better once Kobe’s at full strength and once we get Kwame back, too. I really think the leadership of Derek Fisher and the maturing of Kobe will help us as the season goes on and keep us from falling apart like the end of last season as well. Injuries were only half the mess last year.

I have a good feeling about this year. It will certainly depend on who we’re playing in the first round of the playoffs, but I believe we can get to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since Shaq got traded.

Enjoy the season. So far its shaping up to be a good one (One thing to look for is the month of February. With only 3 home games all month, we’ll find out who the Lakers really are.).

Brady McElveney (LakerTube): After the disappointing end to last season, and the uncertainty of Kobe’s status with the team this past summer, it was real easy to rip this team apart & over analyze it to death. Now just a couple months into this new season, and to the surprise of many, the Lakers are playing at a high level, with their deep bench becoming their identity. Strong chemistry on and off the court will only continue to help steer this Laker ship in the right direction. Barring any serious injuries, they have a legitimate chance at a 5 or 6 seed in the West, with best case scenario reaching the 4th spot. If this team stays together, remains healthy & focused, & continues to play hard D, they will do some damage in the playoffs no matter where they end up.

Now we ask you fellow TLN readers, what do you expect from our Los Angeles Lakers in 2008? Sound-0ff in the comments and tell us how you feel!

Happy New Year from the Lakers Nation staff.

  • LA_LAKER FAN

    where is FATTY AND CYRUS!!!!?????

  • DCLAKER

    2008-09 LAKERS WILL BE CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDERS AND WILL BRING THAT TROPHY BACK TO LA,THE PACK RULEZ!!!

  • pjt

    to rid our self of Sasha, Rad, Kwame, and Farmar, for Artest…or some more Ariza type players…

  • http://myspace.com/nugge7 The Nugget

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    Fatty left TLN and Cyrus is busy with work that he decided to leave, he might come back sometime.

  • LakerzFanatik

    After this blowout its clear that the Lakers need differant pieces in order to contend with the elite teams…
    I don’t think a blockbuster deal is necessary but I do think they need to try to obtain some usable pieces that are more realistic…
    Maybe try to get Thomas out of Seattle a defensive minded veteran thats good on the glass, they can play him with Bynum and Odom or bring him as a backup at either the 4 or the 5…
    Or just sign Webber who would come for the Vet Min., though he would not be the defensive forward we need but he would be another big body who can body up the opponents 4 or 5, he can still make great passes that would compliment the triangle and hit the open jumper while manning the glass, again he is a veteran for our weakest position…
    What the Lakers should persue is some Veteran Exp. come playoff time thats when the experience is called on and NEEDED we need some more players with solid heads on their shoulders to help motivate the yougsters and help right the ship when Jackson sits and lets them play their problems out…

  • LouisKim

    a die hard laker fan 13 years now , I know this …we are the 2nd biggest market after New York , and we can afford the luxury tax. after shaq’s departure we have absorbed Brian grants 14 million per year contract which just came off the books and dropped us out of the top 5 teams in payroll to #12…. please Mitch , Buss , Magic..anyone…grab E. Brand in the offseason or MAtrix , any Marquee player….even if this season fails us , i know we have the money to aquire another all-star..wait no , we can aquire another elite level player without giving up anyone…maybe walton , sasha or vlad..i can live without them… LAKER NATION STTAAAAAAAAAND UP!!!!

  • carlos

    that we going to win this year and that we have a bad ass team.we going to be CHAMPS…OF 2008

  • RDLAKB24

    i sort of agree..
    i think the lakers will get the 4/5 th seed in the west and make it out of round one but after that?? idk if we can really compete for a title yet but definetly in the next year two NO DOUBT!

  • keep24

    Here’s a wish …

    PLEASE GET RID OF LAMAR ODUMB. Every time he shoots from the outside I get dizzy and start to #$^%$^& !!!!!!!!!!!

    They guy has been around in the league long enough, it’s time to give up on him. It’s not like the guy’s 19 or something.

    Oh, and yes, here’s another wish …

    KEEP KOBE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • kobe24mvp

    all fans in italy want jason kidd for win the ring!!!

    kobe24mvp from italy!!!

  • Lakers

    honstly I expect this team to win 55 games I think it is very possible This team in my mind can compete with any team they just need discipline they have the talent and heart to go all the way so what if we got blown out by the Celtics we blew out the Jazz and they blew us out to without Okur or Boozer it just wasnt our night
    so lets take it a game at a time and not get injured
    I give Kupchak alot of credit if you think about it the only bad move he did was give up Caron because we knew kobe or shaq were gonna leave and he made the better choice to stick with kobe because look at Shaq now hes a bum he is very good when it come to the draft so lets just stick with what we got and if it gets worse then we should trade but this team has alot of talent

  • http://myspacepeepsz WAT_IS_GONNA_HAPPEN_IN_08PLAYOFFS?

    LAKERS ARE GONNA FINISHED THE SEASON IN 5TH PLACE AND ARE GOING TO PLAY THE NEW ORLEAN HORNETS IN THE FIRST ROUND..LAKERS TAKE THE SERIES 4-2
    LAKERS FACE THE PHOENIX SUNS IN THE SECOND ROUND AND WIN A TOUGH SERIES 4-3 IN OVERTIME..
    NEXT UP SAN ANTONIO SPURS IN THE WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS…LAKERS TAKE THE SERIES 4-2 WHEN DUNCAN IS GONNA SPRAINED HIS ANKLE AND SPURS FALL APART..
    UP NEXT IS GOING TO BE A DEJA VU..LAKERS AND PISTONS REMATCH OF THE 2004 NBA FINALS…LAKERS WIN THE TROPHY BACK N WIN IN 6 GAMES IN STAPLES……
    >>>>KOBE BRYANT NBA FINALS MVP 2007/2008<<<<<

    (PRAY TO GOD THIS HAPPENS) AMEN!!lol

  • http://www.lakers.com Billy Kupchak

    ANNOUNCEMENT FROM EL SEGUNDO: The Lakers WILL make another trade before the trade deadline.

  • gugy

    I see the Lakers passing the first round against the Suns and getting defeat at the second round.
    Unless, by the deadline we land a quality player. Then sure we can land the conference finals.
    Get rid off any of these guys: Odom, Sasha, Mihn, Kwame, Crit, Luke and Turiaf to make something good happen.

  • Lakers

    who are they gonna trade

  • thomas thomas

    this is what the lakers need to do to improve there defense

    trade javaris, vlad, and sasha for c-paul
    chris, ronny, coby and luke for boozer

    acquire kwame for kidd

    get 1 or 2 new defensive free agents such as; antawn jamison, ron artest, or shawn marion

    GET IT DONE AND WIN A TITLE

  • Tim

    do NOT trade Odom

  • gugy

    Please trade Odom.
    He is so inconsistent that drives me crazy. He is all star at few games and Smush at most games. Sorry, it is his time to go.

  • jack

    Lakers will finish the season very strong. How deep in the playoffs? Its hard to say. But, certainly deeper than the first round. There is no doubt a trade needs to happen. We all know how the addition of Ariza worked out. He’s a starter now in no time(even with Luke playing this was mean to happen.)

    I like what LD2k(looove ur videos) had to say: with Phil and Kobe expect anything. Nevertheless, I think a trade should make this team superior, and beleive me whoever gets traded(odom, luke, vladi, critt, turiaf, brown), they will not be missed. Lakers should keep Sasha and Farmer, unless there is an excellent incoming player. Sasha and Farmer are reasons why ppls say we have a deep bench, I don’t want to see us losing that respect.

    p.s. happy new year. and anyone who hasn’t seen it yet, Lakers.com has our players reaction to short shorts. kinda hilarious.

  • schnide

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    lulz i hope you’re joking

  • http://www.thelakersnation.com Fred A.

    First of all Happy New Year 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The only players I would trade on this team are (Odom/Radmanvic/andWalton). For these three I would try to aguire JO and Granger. I see with this trade it will improve both teams.
    Our lineup looks like this:
    Fisher/Farmer/Critt
    Bryant/Vujivic/Karl
    Ariza/Granger
    Brown/Tariaf
    JO/Bynum/Mihm
    and the Pacers lineup:
    Tinsly
    Dunlevy
    Odom
    Harrison
    Foster
    Then some how get Kidd through Free Agence.
    Then our lineup for the 08′ 09′ season would look like this:
    Fisher/(Kidd)/Farmer/Critt
    Bryant/Vujivic/Karl
    Ariza/Granger
    Brown/Tariaf
    JO/Bynum/Mihm
    This good because we still have Farmer.

  • kobewillnotdie

    nice try Fred A. but do you think a team can actually afford that many all star calibur players? with a supporting cast that great? it would have to be as good of a move as the garnett one.
    Anyways i was wondering when we can actually get some renovation done on the home page, im kinda getting tired of seeing the same banner lol just a request. anyone agree?

  • http://mydeek.orgnigga PhantoM

    bynum would start by next yr..
    BTW HAPPY NEW YRS..

  • Flush Odumb

    After the Lakers flop in the playoffs I hope management wakes up an pulls the plug on the clumsy, brick throwing, half-brain Lame-ar. This fool can not be counted on in an important game.

    Also Luke, Vlad Rad, Kwame, Sasha, and Mihm are horrible out there so I hope we can unload some of these turkeys.

    We are the number 2 most valuable team in the league and we need to stop being so cheap and spend what it takes to get some significant free agents.

  • thomas thomas

    just get one more all-star kidd or JO

  • thomas thomas

    ok schnide, i was wrong all we need to do is get kidd without trading kobe, lamar, andrew, or trevor

    starting lineup would be kidd/kobe/trevor/lamar/andrew

    this will win a title

  • http://frankthetank.files.wordpress.com/2007/06/kobe-bryant-bulls.jpg JoJo

    I love how Laker fans think they can trade their garbage for good players. Your team will bust in the second half of the season! Loosing by 20 to the the Celtics and then thinking you can win the title? Your not getting Jason Kidd without giving up Bynum.

  • pjt

    We don’t need Kidd though it would be nice, JoJo. It’s so funny how alot of Boston fans are acting like they are world Champions these days, and talking so much smack…when they have been one of the worst teams in the league for years…and have yet to win anything. They have yet to win one playoff game this year…and KG has choked in the playoffs. I think the Celt fans need to calm the F down…and talk the smack after they have actually won a playoff game. Memo to Boston you have a aging team, that is only going to go down hill from this season. We have a young up and coming team, and are only a star away from choping your old man team down…and in case any of you loser Celt fan’s don’t know…after this season there are some star Free agents on the market that would want to play on the Lakers as opposed to your old man team.

  • http://hhb PHANT0M

    Nicely Put, but i kinda know why boston fans are talking so much
    after years of upsets and atrocious seasons

  • Thomas

    I think that the Lakers will place 4-5 in the West and advance to the second round of the Playoffs at least. We might get lucky and advance the Confrence Finals, who knows we have the best player in the NBA and the best coach. Kobe probably will win the MVP for finally realizing that he has teammates and utalizing them to his advantage. I think that Andrew Bynum should be named Most Improved Player of the Year but I don’t know if anyone outside of LA will agree with me. But those are my predictions for the year 2008.

  • lakerboi

    Lakers are at 19-11 playing the toughest schedule in the league, not bad!

    In 30 more games: 40-20
    In 22 more games after that: 55-27

    With Ariza and Bymum’s good playing, we don’t need Mihm or Walton anymore. I know that Kwame will leave next year and we will need a back up, but Mihm is also going to leave.

    Does anyone understand why we still have Coby Karl on the team when Critter does not even get any playing time and we already have so many guards?

    GO LAKERS!!

  • Lawboy

    Ther is two very simple thing the lakers can do to be champs.Sign Webber now or wait till the off season and pick up Artest nutty a@#, or both which would make that three options.Will they do it? i dont know were known for letting already contender dry out the market and trow back ther scraps.This is how well look, fisher,farmar,critt bryant, sasha,ariza artest, walton, vlad odom, weber, ronney bynum, mihm. The first unit would be solid the second unit interchangable, which would make our bench deeper then now, great help for starter which mean more wins less work.That makes us champs and it very possible.Incase people are wondering we let brown go.

  • thomas thomas

    like kobe said, do something do it now

  • Majic “Big” Johnson

    We need another piece guys. Straight up..

    This game was basically our measuring stick and it shows tonight that for us to compete at the next level, we need another piece.

    As far as the short-shorts go, he unless the Celts were doing it themselves we shouldn’t have done it. As a player it would have gotten to mentally if they were taunting about the shorts.

  • http://KKKKKK LAKERS_in2008

    LAKERS NEED TO GET RID OF KWAME BROWN, LUKE WALTON, CHRIS MIHM, RONNY TURIEF, AND GET SUM 1 DECENT…

  • http://getgarnett.com jonasjulienjoseph

    Lisen Guys we have Great Team, Now I do understand that were one or two players to be elite not if you want my opinion,

    C- Andrew B.- DONT TRADE!!!
    PF- Lamar Odom(Now I know fans are turning there back on him but you gotta stop punching him everytime he shoots, he could actally shoot a litte bit)-Don’t Trade(Enless we have to)
    SF- Trever Ariza- Don’t Trade (he’s the slasher and a defensive minded player we needed)
    SG- Kobe Bryant-….Should I Say it
    PG- Derek Fisher- Don’t Trade
    PF- Ronny Turiaf- Don’t Trade(You saw what he could do when hes healthy, and alot energy
    PF- Vladimir Radmovich- Don’t Trade(Inless we get a better player)
    SF- Luke Walton- Don’t Trade
    SG- Sasha Vujacic- He can shoot and is enoying on defense but i would trade him for a more athletic Guard
    PG- Javaris Chrittenton- Don’t Trade- Remember a guy named Jordan Farmar last year people said trade him, well look at him now, I’m gonna keep it real by next year Javaris is gonna be better then farmar, So next year or even the sencond half to the season
    SG-Coby Karl- Truley Hes the best three point shooter on the team(Whitch Phil Said)Next year were gonna see that

    NOW THEASE ARE THE PEOPLE YOU TRADE

    ON THE TADE MACHINE A KWAME FOR ARTEST WORKS BUT WILL SACREMENTO ACEPT IT, PROBLY WITH ANTHER PLAY THEY WOULD

    Trade Chris Mihm for PF AND SIGN CHRIS WEBBER IF POSSIBLE

    After That our roster looks like this

    C- Andrew Bynum/Chris Webber
    PF- Lamar Odom/Ronny Turiaf/Power Foward
    SF- Ron Artest/Trever Ariza/Luke Walton
    SG- Kobe Bryant/Sasha Vujacic/Coby Karl
    PG- Derek Fisher/Jordan Farmar/Javaris Chrittenton

  • RWHITE

    The LN symbol should be changed to 2008 :)