It's as simple as the title.
The Lakers are the best team in the NBA and until a team dethrones them there's no validity to any argument otherwise. The Miami Heat are putting together a strong team with Wade, James, and Bosh but they have yet to play a game.
Los Angeles has won back-to-back NBA Titles.
Kobe Bryant has five NBA Championship Rings and is one of the greatest NBA Players in history. They also have Phil Jackson who has eleven rings! If the Lakers were to win a third straight title in 2011, it would be Jackson's fourth three-peat.
Think about that for a second.
Kobe Bryant would have as many rings as Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson would six and six for a grand total of twelve titles. That's a ridiculous amount of winning
Dwayne Wade down in South Beach has won one NBA title that came in 2006 with Shaq. Chris Bosh is yet to advance past the first round of the playoffs. And LeBron James fails time and time again in the playoffs. James has a sweep in the NBA finals at the hand of the San Antonio Spurs to his experience.
What makes the Lakers the best team in the NBA is the players that make up their roster. They play together as team and know their roles in the offense and on defense.
Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum are two of the toughest post players in the NBA. They both defend, rebound, and can score points in the paint.
Ron Artest was a defensive mastermind shutting down Paul Pierce and Ray Allen in the NBA Finals. It was him who came up with the big shots when they needed it most in Game seven. Afterwards he proceeded to thank his psychiatrist.
What does it matter he has an NBA ring now. Combine him with Odom and point guard Derrick Fisher running the offense this team works together. The offense evolves around Kobe Bryant but his teammates are a huge part of the success.
Sure the Lakers lost Jordan Farmer and possibly Shannon Brown. Two quality bench players who were always able to contribute.
I'm sorry, but I think they upgraded tremendously in Steve Blake and Matt Barnes. Blake can shoot the ball from three and will be a great backup to spell Fisher. Remember Fisher is coming back for less money, because he is close with Bryant and he wants to continue to win.
Even LeBron and his crew couldn't pry Fisher away from where he has found home. By the way Matt Barnes is a small forward who can do it all. He rebounds and shoots the ball from three. A starter down in Orlando, he is going to be electric off the bench in Phil Jackson's system.
Los Angeles may have gotten away with robbery by drafting David Ebanks out of West Virginia in the second round. I saw him play last season and his game is versatile. Him and Derrick Caracter a big man out of UTEP should make in impact in Lakers uniform sometime in the future.
The bright lights and party that is South Beach has a lot of competition when it comes to trying to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers. Best out of a seven series, I'm taking the Lakers without a question.
I saw what they did to the Orlando Magic in 2009, and then unfortunately saw them comeback with their backs against the ropes and avenge their 2008 finals loss by defeating Kevin Garnett and the Boston Celtics.
The Lakers at home are about as perfect as it gets in the playoffs. Thirty-three playoff games at the Staples Center over the last three seasons and three losses. Two of those came at the hands of Boston.
People are crazy if they think the Heat are just going to go out and win 70 games. It just doesn't happen that way. There is too much parody and competition for that too happen their first year together.
Los Angeles is just a talented basketball squad. They do whatever it takes to win games. If they have home-court advantage and are healthy entering the 2011 Playoffs, I don't see them losing a series.
It's a really long season, and a lot can happen, but until the Lakers are eliminated from the playoffs they are the favorite to win the 2011 NBA Title.
Kobe Bryant is dedicated and now even more motivated to win his sixth NBA Championship Ring. He has his coach back for one last ride on the bench.
How appropriate it would be if the Lakers defeated the Heat in the Finals next year. A long way away, but that would be the most anticipated series in all of sports over the last two decades.