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The Lakers and the Spurs have the most experience out of any teams in the Association, no questions asked.
Will those past playoff appearances and titles play into what happens this year? Of course it will, but at the same time I have to say respectfully that the Lakers aren't as good as they were last season.
If the Lake Show wants to win a 17th NBA Finals trophy, a title that would tie them with the Boston Celtics for the most, they must receive solid point guard play, something they haven't necessarily seen all year.
On the other hand, the Chicago Bulls sport the league's best point guard in Derrick Rose (sorry, Chris Paul) and a formidable trio of post players in Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah. Those facts are hard to ignore if you're a Los Angeles Laker or, for that matter, any team taking on Chicago's best.
In the end, the Lakers will fall short in an epic seven-game series that will see Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol inches away from their third rings in as many years.
Phil Jackson will walk away from the game, feeling empty despite having more rings than fingers, with 11 to his coaching name.
Deng, who is also an excellent wingman to Rose, is my surprise selection for the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player. I look for him to average 20 and eight in a series that will redefine the Chicago Bulls for years to come.