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NBA.com: Los Angeles Lakers offseason is never boring. There was the Kobe Bryant saga: does he want to be traded? Or, does he want to stay? Bryant will stay put even though the Lakers did not fulfill his wishes of acquiring a big name free agent.

Last season, the Lake Show jumped out to a 26-13 start before Kwame Brown, Luke Walton and Lamar Odom all missed significant time with injuries. These absences, though costly to the team, allowed rookie point guard Jordan Farmar and second year center Andrew Bynum to gain valuable experience.

Barring a major trade — which isn’t out of the question if another star whose team starts out slowly demands a trade — Los Angeles should be in the hunt for one of the West’s bottom four playoff spots. A team led by Bryant has a shot to win any game but the Lakers will need a healthy Odom and unprecedented improvement from at least one half of their two-center rotation if they expect to advance past beyond the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2004

Backcourt
The Lakers welcomed back Derek Fisher back when he decided to leave Utah so his daughter could receive medical treatment for a rare form of eye cancer in L.A. Fisher may not get the assists you would expect out of a point guard (only 3.3 for Utah last year) but he knows how to run the triangle offense and that counts for a lot in Phil Jackson’s book.

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  • fatty

    Actually a pretty fair look at the Lakers. It beats the ESPN previews that usually have us only slightly better than the Developmental League Teams.

  • LAL4LIFE

    [quote comment=”14205″]Actually a pretty fair look at the Lakers. It beats the ESPN previews that usually have us only slightly better than the Developmental League Teams.[/quote]

    i agree

  • TheLAunit

    How can u say a pretty fair look (lal4life&Fatty). the Lakers are better then that. This year we will be at the top with the rest of the leagues best. expect more from your Team Guys(-_-)

  • fatty

    TheLAunit,

    I like your enthusiasm, but it was a fair assumption.

    Mitch made a similar prediction, while PJ said just last week we are not in the top 4 of the west yet. He said we have the potential if we commit ourselves to the task, but that remains to be seen.

    To quote Mitch, “We are a good team, but can become a very good team”

    The key to our season is what we become. I think we have a chance to break into the elite, but it will take time, a commitment to defense and good health.

  • BEC

    [quote comment=”14222″]TheLAunit,

    I like your enthusiasm, but it was a fair assumption.

    Mitch made a similar prediction, while PJ said just last week we are not in the top 4 of the west yet. He said we have the potential if we commit ourselves to the task, but that remains to be seen.

    To quote Mitch, “We are a good team, but can become a very good team”

    The key to our season is what we become. I think we have a chance to break into the elite, but it will take time, a commitment to defense and good health.[/quote]

    Well said.

  • TheLAunit

    Lakers are Better Then Last year because they’re healthy We’re going to be up their with the elite wait and see…..LAKERS NBA CHAMPS!!!