Originally Posted by longtime lurker
I think they're basing it on Kobe being healthy. If Kobe is healthy they're a guaranteed lock for the playoffs. But this team is better than last year's team, more depth, more youth, more athleticism and they might actually run D'Antoni's offense. People forget D'Antoni had the Knicks as a 6th seed with Amare at center and his best players were Gallo, Chandler and Felton.
The Knicks had a nice roster, and people forget the immediately got better when 'antoni left too. When the Knicks traded the majority of that roster to Denver that worked out for them too. But I do agree, it will help the Lakers being a bit younger this year.