The Latest NBA Superteam
Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol, Metta World Peace (aka Ron Artest), Dwight Howard…This was supposed to be the greatest thing since sliced bread. This Laker team is aligned with “stars” as only a team in L.A would be, but something that is so often lost in sports is chemistry. You have to have time to mesh with your team, both the coaching staff and the players. No one broke a sweat when the Lakers came out and went 0-8 in the preseason, but now two games into the regular season, there are already calls for head coach Mike Brown’s job (Cavs fans probably remember this). The Lakers individually, atleast in the starting lineup have more talent than any other team in the league. But this NBA requires depth, something they do not have with only Antawn Jamison being a viable option for them off the bench. Now don’t get me wrong this Laker team will still make the playoffs and can still be very VERY good. However, sports is all about expectations and whether or not you are or are not living up to them. In the case of the Los Angeles Lakers, the expectations for this team is not just to compete and be a contender for a title, because that has ALWAYS been an expectation for this franchise during the Kobe Bryant era, but with the pieces acquired the expectations were for this team to be one of the best ever. Frankly after an 0-2 start, this team may be more 2010/2011 Miami Heat, than 1995/1996 Chicago Bulls.
Richard "Porkchop" Rodawalt