ESPN: Charles Barkley is no stranger to controversy, and it appears the Round Mound of Profound has done it again.

In a preview of the Western Conference finals, the TNT analyst said the current edition of the Los Angeles Lakers is the best team Kobe Bryant has been on.

“This is the best team he’s ever had … even counting Shaquille O’Neal,” said Barkley. “They had him and Shaquille O’Neal, and the rest were role players. But this team with Gasol … and Odom and Kobe, I think those three are better than Kobe and Shaq.”

Barkley’s studio cohorts ridiculed him, wondering how he could rank a team that has yet to win a single title ahead of the three-peating Shaq and Kobe squad.

Fortunately, we have a method to judge exactly how crazy Barkley is.

Last year I developed a formula that rated all 60 NBA Finals teams from 1977 to 2007 (since the NBA-ABA merger). We can plug in this year’s Lakers using the same system and see what they would need to do in order to outrank Shaq and Kobe.

Continue reading ‘Is this Kobe’s best team?’

  • http://swishtheball.net kobe-drew-pau-l.o.-fish

    alright chuck 5 in a row right here
    with a76-6 season

  • kobefan2408

    I love john and his weird and corky stats

  • http://getgasol.com getgasol

    I’ve been saying that for a while now. I think the current Lakers are better than the Shaq era Lakers. It will take time and titles to prove that but I already think so. And when you add Bynum back to the formula, the team is only stronger still.

  • GT

    whether this team will be better than the Shaq era team will depend on 3 factors:

    1: Bynum being able to play and maintain the level of consistency he showed earlier this year

    2: Bynum being able to coexist in the front court with Gasol

    3: Lamar being able to adapt to SF position when Bynum comes back and Gasol moving to PF

    4: Kobe being able to stay in his prime.

    I think the most important factor for Lakers is start searching for a viable successor to Kobe at the SG position because once Kobe retires (or declines), we become pretty weak in our backcourt. Maybe we can use try to make a run for Lebron to succeed Kobe?

  • DCLAKER

    Give’em 3yrs.,they will be one of the greatest teams of ALL TIME!

  • lakerschamps08

    umm why 2000-2001 lakers not in the top ten??????? 69 re season wins and 15-1 post season… ummmmmm wtf

  • David

    The 2001 Lakers didn’t win 69 games, they won 56 wins, one less than this years team. They were the best of the Shaq/Kobe era though and a 15-1 playoff record is ridiculous. If it wasn’t for the 2 week layoff they would have been 15-0.

    This current team is deeper, and has better chemistry than the shaq/kobe teams. They also played in a much more competitive western conference than the shaq/kobe teams. Kobe is also better and so are our role players. If we had Gasol the entire season we would have won 65+ games. I would pick this team to win in a 7 games series over the shaq/kobe ones.

  • west213

    lakers r not fully grown….so dont make lame comments chuky

  • nayrb_883

    yes it might be. but you have to look back at the start of the century and see the Lakers’ roster.
    they had:
    O’ Neal – self explanatory
    Bryant – DUH
    Rice – All Star MVP just 3 years back (from 2000)
    Harper – Defense, Championship experience, some offense
    AC Green – truth is, i am iron man
    Horry – Horry
    Fish – Fish
    George – has the best seat in Staples, oh wait, is he a player?
    Salley – uhhmmm, let me see, dunno, a ring maybe.
    Shaw – Former 3 point record holder
    Lue – Iverson’s rug.
    Knight – tall
    Celestand – who?
    Fox – Fox
    Jacobson – another who.

  • nayrb_883

    Remember the 2000 Lakers team won 67 games, 2 less than the franchise record. Wilt and West may have won 33 straight, but Kobe, Shaq, and Rice won a respectable 30 of 31 games.