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Old 12-31-2011, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Cook County
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Your joking with the McChicken and Murphy help. C'mon! If so, forfeit the season now.

Kobe is done. He looks old. Teams have caught up to him. Lakers will make it through the season reasonably strong but when the playoffs start, thats it!. Nothing more than the second round, at the most.

If the Lakers want a successful season, Dwight Howard is a must.
Have you watched Kobe this year?
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Old 12-31-2011, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Earth
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Have you watched Kobe this year?
Clearly not... Kobe is balling so far. Still early on, and he could wear down over the season, but you gotta hand it to him so far.
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Old 12-31-2011, 04:21 PM
 
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"Balling"...yeah, in only 4 games.

Its clearly true. Where are your basketball IQs?
- His shot is getting blocked more often.
- He is slower...hence the distance between the defender and Kobe has decreased, meaning more blocked & partially obstructed/deflected shots. Kobe needs to stay outside of the paint. I would be interested to see how many jump shots are taken today compared to the past and also see Kobe's shooting % over time.
- Finally, the most glaring point is the leaping ability.

Granted, all of those abilities do decrease with age, but it will be painfully obvious if Kobe does not pickup a better/stronger supporting cast. Yes, Kobe is still King Kong of the NBA but he has aged on those points that I have identified. He is going down.
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Old 12-31-2011, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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The Celtics, like the Spurs and Lakers, were already losing their dominance due to age, but their regression was accelerated by the horrible Perkins/Robinson trade last season and loss of Davis as a backup. It's pretty much decimated their once-stifling defense and doesn't give them any kind of edge against the new contenders of the East like Miami and New York.
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Old 12-31-2011, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Here or There
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Bynum played well today...29 and 13; can he stay healthy?
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Old 01-03-2012, 11:49 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Your joking with the McChicken and Murphy help. C'mon! If so, forfeit the season now.
McRoberts and Murphy fill the void created by Odom's departure. Odom's a loss, but not an irreplaceable one.

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Kobe is done. He looks old. Teams have caught up to him. Lakers will make it through the season reasonably strong but when the playoffs start, thats it!. Nothing more than the second round, at the most.
Hardly. He had a near triple-double against a good team (Denver) and exploded for 37 points tonight.

The mark of Kobe's greatness, more than anything, is his consistency and longevity -- 16th season and still one of the best in the game.
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:43 AM
 
Location: TX
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My wife had been a Celtics fan for years, but this season gave up on them after their poor showing (so far). IMO, they are pass their prime. Playoff material, yes. Championship, no.
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Bynum played well today...29 and 13; can he stay healthy?
More importantly, can he avoid pulling another Ron Artest by assaulting an opposing player on the court?
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Old 01-04-2012, 01:30 PM
 
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How do you figure the Lakers will have a bad year?

Kobe himself has said that he hasn't felt this good in years, health-wise.

Our frontcourt is still a mismatch for the league. The supposed best frontcourt in basketball (Knicks) got their asses spanked the other night... and that was without Bynum. What we lost in Odom we gained in McRoberts (6'10") and Murphy (6'11").

Team chemistry is stronger than ever under Mike Brown because the players see how hard he works, which in turn motivates them to play with the same sort of passion and intensity.

And if that weren't enough, we're in the driver's seat when it comes to the Dwight Howard sweepstakes.
You are delusional. Well, maybe they can package lamar odom in a trade for dwight and......oooooooooh.....ahhhhh nevermind.

P.S. The Knicks aren't that good....they don't play D.
Lakers are arguably the 3rd best team in the west and are still dangerous.
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Old 01-04-2012, 01:33 PM
 
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Have you watched Kobe this year?
Kobe is playing well as suspected, he just can't carry both ends of the floor full out for 35+ a night. He's still very very capable.

Bynum is the giant wildcard. pass the popcorn this is an interesting season so far.
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Old 01-04-2012, 01:36 PM
 
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My personal opinion is that the east is fractured enough that the Celtics can still secure a 4th seed and make it to the 2nd round but I can't seem them getting past a Bulls or Heat squad.

I would put Atlanta ahead of them but otherwise it's kinda a mess after those 3 squads.
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