L.A. Times: It has definitely been an amazing season around here. Well, an amazing four weeks anyway.

Not that there hasn’t been a disappointment or two for hard-core fans, who hoped the Lakers could be unbeaten going into the Christmas game against the Boston Celtics.

Now even Vic the Brick understands the Lakers aren’t likely to get 80 wins.

For one thing, there’s that Feb. 5 game in Boston . . . and the one three days later in Cleveland.

They also have two games at Houston. Of course, aside from that, there doesn’t appear to be anyone on the schedule the Lakers can’t handle.

I learned all this in my last visit to the rubber room where they keep radio’s Loose Cannons, from either Vic or

Mychal Thompson. Everyone yells so much, it’s hard to tell which of them has lost it at any given time.

In the real world, there’s an interesting question:

What would this Lakers team be like if it was really playing well?

In the first 13 games, they played well in a handful: The first two against Portland and the Clippers; the 111-82 rout of Houston; the win in New Orleans in which they led by 21 points at halftime; the wipeout in Phoenix in which Kobe Bryant was eight for 23 and they still ran up an 18-point lead in the fourth quarter.

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  • David

    Good article. Watching the game last night, Rick Fox mentioned the lakers may win over 60 games but get beat again by Boston because they lack toughness. The one tough team we played, Detroit, we lost to. I don’t know how much we learned from that Detroit game, and won’t know until Christmas day when we play Boston, but all these wins are meaningless if we get swept by Boston, Detroit, and Cleveland this year.

  • Lakeshow31

    This team is much different from last year’s finals team. Luke walton was a starter last year, now he is the 10th guy on the bench. With Ariza and Bynum’s length and athletic ability, it changes everything. We are blowing teams out with our starters on the bench. Once we get into some tough games our depth will really pay off.

  • Freshh

    Can toughness be learned?
    Let’s not let that one Det game indicate how are play will be against the tougher pack of Eastern teams.

  • http://swishtheball.net thelakerfuture

    we lack toughness because we have a lot of foreign players, during the 3-peat the on;y foreign player we had was stanislav medvadanko

  • imfasterthanur

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    That’s a pretty good attempt at spelling his name. Kudos to you for even attempting that.

  • SliqRiq

    People need to relax about the Detroit game and all the toughness they say we dont have we come on now……We got beat by Detroit cuz they simply shot the lights out as they always do when they play us and we couldnt buy a shot that night. Some teams just have your number.

    Just two days later I watched Detroit get waxed by Phoenix on NBATV by 18 and they couldnt buy a shot that night….. lets see maybe becuz Phoenix is too physical and plays much better defense than the Lakers do Yeah Right!!!!

    Utah was the most physical team we played last year in the playoffs and the Lakers took care of them. The Finals with Boston was just like the Finals in 04 with the Pistons its not that they were more physical than the Lakers it was that they were allowed to play more physical. Thats the bottom line truth!!!!!

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  • http://lakers.topbuzz.com Mamba2410

    Great article. Well-written, well thought out

    What do I got to say about it? Well…for me, I already know that this guy is right, I’ve been saying this all along, we won’t know how good we are for a long time, not until we go against the great teams like the Celtics, Cavs, and the Jazz. A great start to a season doesn’t always men great things, just ask the Lakers (2006-2007 season)!