SI’s Burns ranks the West now with Shaq in it

A great article on the West, which now includes Shaq back in it. I like the “pecking order” listed in the article. He mentions the Lakers #2 behind the Spurs:

S.I.: The addition of Gasol has vaulted them into this position. The 7-foot Spaniard gives L.A. an All-Star-caliber threesome (along with Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom) to match the Spurs’ and Suns’. Gasol’s ability to play in the post and draw double teams will be huge, and he will take pressure off young Andrew Bynum in the middle. When the game slows down in the playoffs, the Lakers will be able to put a tall lineup on the floor with the 7-footers Bynum and Gasol, the 6-10 Odom, the 6-6 Bryant and the 6-2 Derek Fisher. But, most of all, the Lakers have Kobe. He’s going to be so hyped to carry them to the Finals after the past few years. Along with coach Phil Jackson, it’s enough to get the Lakers back to the top.

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  • KB

    DAM RITE I WANT KOBE TO DROP 101 ON SHACK FAT ASS!!!!!!!!!!!

  • magicbalala245

    hellz yeah man KB + Gasol = Finals = Celtics :(

  • DubG87

    haha fo sho

  • MILO

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    i think you meant Kobe+Gasol and Bynum=Laker championship:)

  • B

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    Missing a few variables there. More like:

    KB + AB + PG + LO + DF + BENCH + COACH (and mayble, + FANS) = FINALS, possibly the championship if they put it all together. I’m worried about Kobe right now, and also for Bynum. We all know Bynum’s coming back, but on what level? He’s 20 and has never experienced an injury. You can see on his face that he was a virgin to it–I don’t know if anyone recalls or even noticed, but Sir Charles was sure making a joke out of it.

  • MILO

    Plus the new true rivalry is with the Suns and i cant wait till the Lakers take them out in the playoffs.First things first :)

  • the Lakers Reality

    lakers have no chance of winning a championship!!!!

  • Remy

    the reality is this, you don’t know reality..and that is the lakers having a great chance of winning a championship

  • Banzai

    [Comment ID #25348 Will Be Quoted Here] wow you care so much about the Lakers losing? Worry about your suns first..if you are a suns fan..they haven’t won anything..0 titles..so until they win something shut your mouth you candy ass…

  • royalpurpleandgold

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    lurkers/haters are lame. You can’t deny that LA is now in serious contention. As to whether they’ll win it all, NO ONE knows. But for you to spout some BS about the Lakers having no chance is plain stupid and petty.

    you do sound like a suns fan. all talk and no hardware to back it up. at least the lakers have that.

  • LakersFirst (Change) (Close)

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    You’re afraid of the Celtics?? You realize the Lakers have the deepest team in the NBA. No reason to be afraid of any team anymore. The Lakers have all the tools.

  • DCLAKER

    I know I’ve expressed no cursing but…..F!@# PHOENIX!

  • kobe-wan kenobi

    what 3some all stars?
    LO all star? when? did i miss something?

  • laker in AZ

    you gotta give LO some love man.. He lost his kid.. lost all motivation to play.. but he stuck through and he’s a catalyst for the team.. seriously give him some respect. he hustles like no other..

  • Laker4LIFE!!inPR

    kobe-wan kenobi
    Feb 8th, 2008 at 9:05 pm
    what 3some all stars?
    LO all star? when? did i miss something?

    “Potential” is the key word here. Potential all-star. He’s never been one, but he has potetial, and so does Bynum.

  • Mr. Juan / Your Warlock

    That reality dude is really full of MALARKEY and ENVY.