Everyone in the national media, the critics that they are, seem to think that we will not be better than 3rd in the West behind LAL and OKC. With the exception of our old friend Hollinger and his stat guys( who predicted we would land just behind the L*kers at the #2 spot in the West), we seem to get no love. Its ok, were used to it, and we seem to play better as the underdog or sleeper anyways. But what gets to me is that last year wasnt even a fair year for us in the way that we had so many injuries that we never once played at 100%. OKC had very few injuries last year that I can remember, while the Lakers had some, we were so banged up we had 3rd string players playing sometimes! Anyways you guys remember how bad it got, I dont need to remind you. This year though, I think we can be #1 in the West because of the fact the very team Hollinger ranks us behind (L*kers), is so banged up from last years run they look to be in bad shape. Bynum wont be back to November. Kobe is still recovering from knee surgery as well. At the beginning of the summer, Gasol was told to stay off of his feet because of a developing stress fracture!? (although he says he all good and ready to go.) Gasol also had a couple of hamstring issues last year as well. Blakey sprained his ankle pretty bad in a drill vs Sasha Whatever his name is. Anyways, the L*kers sound like they are pretty banged up and might get a slow start to the season especially if Bynum isnt back until NOV! And what if Kobe cant start the season either? If we can get a good start, jump on some teams early, I feel we have a chance to get some early wins and build up our lead in the West. Just imagine us on say 90% to 100% healthy(last year was like 40% to 50%)we should be able to tear it up. Even if the other team start coming on strong by the end of the season, we should be able to have a large enough lead in the standings to hold #1 record in the West. #2 wont dissapoint me but this year, I think #1 is up for grabs.
Yay or Nay?
PS- Im just talking about W/L record and not who will win the Championship. We could be #1 in the West and still not win the Champioship. And I think winning #1 in the west is easier than winning the Championship is. And as a team, we need probably still need more exp to win the Championship.