Los Angeles Lakers: To Be the Man, You Gotta Beat the Man
That`s the good old saying still said by the legendary 16-time world champion, Ric Flair (woo!).
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.
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