Los Angeles Lakers: To Be the Man, You Gotta Beat the Man

Bhavik DarjiCorrespondent IMarch 22, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25:  Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates with teammate Kobe Bryant #24 during the game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Staples Center on January 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  The Lakers defeated the Spurs 99-85.  NOTE TO USER:  User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

That`s the good old saying still said by the legendary 16-time world champion, Ric Flair (woo!).

The Lakers have proved that they can beat the man (Celtics) on two occasions this season, snapping the Celtics franchise winning streak of 19 games in the process.

On top of it, all they went into the "Q" and snapped Cleveland's home winning streak.

Led by Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, the Lakers have a brand new intensity—and are seemingly unbeatable.

Ever since the Lakers lost Shaq and their Championship caliber team back in 2004, they have been looking for that one big man and a true point guard. In 2007, they found what they had been looking for.

Derek Fisher re-signed with the Lakers, and after Andrew Bynum went down with an injury in mid-January, the Lakers dealt Kwame Brown and Marc Gasol to the Grizzlies for Pau Gasol.

Once again, the team had what they had with past championship teams—a big man. It has been true for almost every Laker team that won a championship. You had Kareem, Wilt, and Shaq. Now they have Pau and Bynum.

In my opinion, they are the best bet to win the Finals because of the superb one-two punch of Kobe and Pau, and the fact they have un-believeable bench and role players in Lamar Odom and Josh Powell.

Let's not cut the Celtics off just yet though, folks, or the Cavs—or any other team to be honest.

The Celtics have yet to get healthy and back into rhythm and have that same intensity they had last year.

The Cavs are missing Ben Wallace, who does not contribuite a lot on the offensive end, but who is a big time presence in the paint in the defensive end.

For the San Antonio Spurs, there is not much to say except get healthy. They have the right mindset, have not lost control due to the grueling NBA schedule and have nice young role players to help out the vets Timmy D, Ginobli, and Parker.

For now though as much as I won't like it, the Lakers are going to be the 2008-2009 NBA Champions.