HOOPSWORLD: There have been some changes made in the Western Conference this summer, and there will likely be some more before it’s all said done. Here’s a look at the way the conference shapes up today with the rosters as currently constituted.
1. Los Angeles Lakers – The Lakers were the odds on favorite to win it all heading into The Finals last month. Since that time, they’ve lost Ronny Turiaf. That might sound like a little bit of a problem for LA until you remember he will be replaced on the active roster by some kid named Andrew Bynum. Simply put, if Bynum is healthy the Lakers will be the favorites again in the West next year barring a major by one of the other top teams in the conference.