They say a picture says a thousand words. The one thing the picture above says to me is that anything but a championship is a failure. With the loss of Trevor Ariza early in free agency things looked hairy in lakerland. Then word came out of houston that Yao Ming would be lost for the season and the Rockets would be looking to go young. A few days later Ron Ron is a laker and everything is back on track. With Lamar signing back on and Anderw Bynums knee getting healthy the lakers will be a force to be reckoned with. A starting lineup that consits of Fisher, Kobe, Artest, Gasol and Bynum with Odom coming off the bench has the potential baring injury to make a run at the bulls record setting season of 72 wins. Besides injury the only other concern for the lakers is how Ron Artest handles being in one of the big city markets like LA. If he can control his emotions and be the model citizen that he was in houston the lakers will be looking at back to back titles. Looking at the schedule the lakers could easily be 20-1 after 21 games into the season. If that were to the case the lake show will have a good chance of going the distance and getting that record.
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