Saying yao "owns anyone in LA" is a complete overstatement.
Kwame Brown seems to limit him every matchup.
Originally Posted by Dengness9
THINGS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME IN LA AGAIN WITH KOBE! IF HE PLAYS HE WILL BE KOBE BUT CHEMISTRY AND TEAM IS F'ED. And if you really wanna say McGrady and Yao are injury prone, so is Lamar Odom!!!! The Lakers are just not as good as you think.
Luckily there is training camp and pre-season to figure out rotations and chemistry issues. There is no doubt in my mind that lakers still have a shot at winning 50 games this year.
There is a chance Don Nelson doesn't even coach again and even if he did, the warriors have only matched up well and there was the regular season to prove it. We swept the warriors the last 2 years even after they started playing hard ball. One of their best players in Jason Richardson got traded to the bobcats.
Kevin Garnett got traded away from the wolves so they won't have anyone that can put up 25+ ppg against us and they are way too young to win anything. Minnesota's roster is very inexperienced and they will not be a factor.
The seattle sonics were thought to be dangerous since people thought they would have Allen who was shipped off the boston and Rashard who ditched the sonics and signed with orlando in the east like the last 2 paragraphs.
The sacramento kings made one good move and that was drafting a tough minded center but he is still a rookie and as Bibby is aging and losing his step, Kevin Martin will pick up just enough slack to end with the same results as last year, and there is still a HUGE chance artest gets traded to the knicks.
The only teams I see in the west dominating again are :
Dont count on memphis doing anything. All they did was add a rookie guard and the biggest bust in NBA history in Darko. they haven't gotten much better.
The trail blazers might be missing Greg Oden for some time as he will have arthroscopic knee surgery and that takes months to heal, dont count on them making a huge improvement this year until greg develops.
The Denver Nuggets still have a lot to prove as they have 2 players who dominate the ball very much and had almost 0 chemistry last season after the famous Iverson trade
Clippers, no way! Brand is gone
Hornets, might be competetive....Peja is returning.
Amongst all of this crap with other teams....fortunately for us, we are receiving our players whether they were injured or has surgery, we got back a piece of the LA glory days in fisher who is an upgrade over smush and a better floor general.
Chris Mihm was consistent in PPG but not consistent in staying out of foul trouble but he will pour in his 10 ppg when givin the minutes.
Lamar is recovering from three major injuries and he will be ready to go as soon as the season starts.
Basically this post is getting too long so I am just going to end it with, if lakers miss the playoffs, it'll be because Kobe sat out.
The lakers won't miss it.