Watching the Lakers blow out the Mavericks last night reminded me once again thta no team in the NBA can beat them in a best-of-seven series….
Sure, teams can beat them one at time, but four times in 10 days is a different story….
And, typical of a Phil Jackson team, the Lakers are playing their best basketball just in time for the playoffs….
Another huge plus is the play of Ron Artest, who has come alive in the past few weeks and playing like an All-Star on both ends of the floor…
But the most important player in their quest for a three-peat is Andrew Bynum; because the only way the Lakers don’t win the championship is if he’s not playing….
Even though he’s not all the way back from his off season knee surgery, Andrew’s play of late has been outstanding. He might not be Dwight Howard, but without question Bynum is the second best center in the NBA….
There’s still one thing bothering me, though: Bynum’s teammates continuing to ignore him in the post….
He had 18 points and 13 rebounds last night, but it could easily have been 30 and 20….
Jerry Tarkanian always told his guards that “when you get your big men involved early and get them the ball, they run faster, rebound better, defend harder and give you maximum effort.”….
Very wise advice that the Lakers wing players should follow….
The more I watch Andrew, the more I’m convinced he’s a 20-25P and 15R guy if utilized properly….
That being said, Phil Jackson has done another excellent job coaching these guys….
There’s a reason The Zenmaster has won 11 titles and going for his fourth three-peat; he’s the best I’ve ever seen ay getting star players to buy into his system and play unselfishly….
He also knows how to pace his teams properly and have them hitting on all cylinders come playoff time….
I’ve always said the Mavericks will never win a championship as long as Dirk Nowitzki is their best player. As great a scorer as he is, he’s soft, doesn’t play defense and not a leader….
He’s Pau Gasol….
As the #2 option, Gasol is tremendous; an All-Star and future Hall-of-Famer. But when he’s your best player, as he was in Memphis, his team isn’t going to win….
Same with Dirk, who is a #2 player on a championship team….
A great example of how soft Dirk and the Mave are was during last night’s scuffles…..
When you’re down by over 20 points in a must-win game and Phil has his starters still in the game, there’s no excuse for giving up lay-ups and committing soft fouls….
After the game, TNT analyst Chris Webber was going crazy criticizing the “soft” Mavs, and said if he were the coach Nowitzki would have been fined for not stepping up during the flare-ups….
Sure enough, when they showed the replays, Nowitzki stood by meekly as Kobe Bryany made lay-ups and teammate Jason Terry was involved in a near fight….
Excellent player, Hall-of-Famer for sure, but Nowitzki is not a winner….
With the Kings rumored to soon become the Anaheim Royals, the debate beging on whether the Los Angeles area can support three teams….
Answer: Of course we can….
The population of Orange County, the Inland Empire and San Diego is about 5 million, so there’s an enormous fan base….
Sure, Orange County is Laker Country and probably always will be, but as the years pass and Orange County has the Royals, that will change….
I remember when Orange County was Dodger country, but now Angels fans outnumber them 100 to one….
During my daily segment on SEN 1116 in Melbourne, I asked the great Mark Fine how many Australian Rules Football teams were in Melbourne….
When I heard the city supports nine teams, I was suprised….
So we should have no trouble supporting three….