Ok, ok so we all saw what happened to them in the 2011 playoffs. Mavericks swept them away. They looked bored and uninspired. And now they have a new coach. Kobe is slowing down from injuries. But still, I think this team has another run left in them. The big part is keeping Andrew Bynum healthy all season long. Of course, I personally think that the Lakers are never going to get back to how good they were when they won the NBA championship in 2009 and 2010. But, compared to the other western teams, they should be ok.

The roster is on the older side, yes. But, the Lakers (Kobe) need to include Pau Gasol in the offense more. There have been tense moments where Gasol has called out Kobe for not passing him the ball more often. And, with Gasol being younger and more healthy than Kobe, it's probably wise for Kobe to use all the help he can get. He can't keep carrying this team by himself anymore, at least to win a championship. The odds are kinda stacked up against the Lakers but with Kobe, many things can happen.

Ron Artest (soon to be World Metta Peace) and Lamar Odom are going to be key pieces as well if the Lakers want to get back on top. Most of the team disappeared during the playoffs. And, as said before, Kobe is gonna need all the help he can get.

Next time we'll look at the last team from the west. Then three teams from the east.


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