When Bynum went down we told ourselves, as long as he’s back for playoffs we will be fine.
Which was understandable and perfectly logical at the time, we needed Bynum to compete with the elite teams. But we didn’t know how good we would become without him in the lineup.
Fact is, this team is currently healthy and ready to go, to win a NBA championship. It should be considered a failure, if we do not win the Gold.
Having Bynum and Ariza back 100% would almost not be fair, too good to be true. Can you imagine?
The lineup we have been talking about since the trade. Andrew Bynum at Center, Pau Gasol at PF, and Lamar Odom at the small forward position.
Then we round of the starting 5 with the veteran savvy, Derek Fisher, and then at the 2 spot will be the best player in the league, the M.V.P. Kobe Bryant.
Heck of a lineup, to me the obvious favorite to go all the way. Excluding Fisher, four players that could be the go to guy on a lot of teams. Give another year for Bynum, and have Odom be this consistent for 82 games. We might have four All-Stars come next February.
Last time that happened Van Exel, Eddie Jones, Kobe, and Shaq. But this foursome would be even better.
Most likely, we will have to wait till next season to see this impressive lineup. But fact is, we don’t need Bynum or Ariza. Let them heal for next year so we can challenge our back-to-back.
Now again, let’s not get ahead of ourselves as Kobe always says, “We take it one game at a time,” but can you fathom winning the NBA championship, not even at full strength, then come back next year better than ever?
That’s too far into the future, but right now with the Kobe – Gasol duo, and how deep our bench is, we talk, walk, and act like champions.
I haven’t seen our guys this confident since the championship years with Shaq, this team looks destined, I can already see some of these sound clips ending up on those Sports Illustrated Championship DVD’s.
Some may be mad; some might say I’m looking too far ahead. But all I’m saying is this team looks like it’s ready to be crowned. Has all the pieces, has the coach, has the MVP, and has the experience to go all the way.
I never would of thought I would say this but we really don’t need Bynum or Ariza back, sure it would be nice, but I think with this current team were almost selfish to rush back a future All-Star.
So yes, Im saying it, we don’t need Bynum. We have two All-Stars, the best third option, and have the deepest team in the league.
Not to mention a coach with 9 Championship rings. I can feel it, this feels like our year, it’s our time!
We’ve followed because we believed, since Game 5 against the Suns last year, we all came together and knew this wasn’t okay for our Los Angeles Lakers to be bounced in the first round with little talent to compete.
So we followed, and then fell when Kobe demanded out, but somehow kept following knowing this Laker team would go back to what it’s known for, competing for NBA titles.
Were back, what takes other franchises decades to re-build, were back, and look like we have a great shot at winning a NBA title.
I said it earlier in the year, and I’ll say it again; I totally plan on driving down to Figueroa street in June,
Yes, that means I would be at a Lakers Championship parade.
And yes that obviously means that the Lakers would be 2008 NBA Champs.
There I said it… again!