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"What? How Dare you put the Lakers so low! You're just a stupid Heat homer! The Lakers are the champs, still the best team in the NBA. They won it all last year, and just wait until Bynum is 100%! Team Lakers baby!"
Yeah yeah yeah Lakers fan, ignore the facts and cite the excuses.
First off, I think it might be time to cut the cord with Bynum. You can't count on him to be healthy, and that whole putting off knee surgery to see the World Cup was stupid. You mean to tell me he couldn't wait another four years? I wouldn't trust him. He's hurt too much and doesn't appear to have his head in the game.
And this has adversely affected his teammates, mainly Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom, who've had to play more minutes than they should because of his selfishness. Yeah, because that's not going to affect them come playoff time when they have to face Duncan and Dirk.
Then there's their atrocious record against winning teams. I've had yet to see the Lakers beat a winning team, but I'm not like you guys and troll on Lakers articles saying that like you did with the Heat back in November.
Speaking of the Heat, boy was that a GREAT Christmas! Oh I know, I know, the Cavs blew you guys out in Los Angeles last season, and you still went on to win the finals...because Perkins got hurt. But no, you can't say that. You have to keep the myth that the Lakers are the greatest team to ever hit the basketball court.
I swear, you people think you're entitled and beyond reproach and should never be questioned as contenders, but in reality, here's what the Lakers are. Notches below Dallas and San Antonio. In fact, notches below the Heat and Celtics as well. The Lakers have had the easiest schedule to start off the season and their record against teams above .500 is 2-6. I put Chicago ahead of you guys too just out of basic principle, and because you guys lost to the Bulls.
Try this and you might be able to get past the Spurs and Mavs: trade Bynum for Marcus Camby straight up, maybe exchange draft picks for their troubles. Camby will take up minutes now being played by Gasol and Odom, and they'll be fresher for the playoffs. With Bynum, the Blazers can continue their legacy of big men who are never healthy.
Wouldn't that be better than continuing to play Odom and Gasol for big minutes while waiting for Bynum to "get his legs?" It feels like when he came back, he's been trying to do that forever.
Plus, both Camby and Bynum's contracts expire the same year, and Dwight Howard's contract expires that year too. This means that if Bynum improves in Portland you could just sign him, or instead you could go with a more known commodity in Dwight Howard. Where as if you hold on to Bynum, you're pretty much going to be stuck with him.
Now, I originally had the Lakers at six, but after seeing their performance against Memphis at home last night, plus Phil publicly calling out Kobe, this team looks like its in bad shape. Thats why they're down to 9.