This question is raised from the fact that Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said that the Los Angelas Lakers have a team that can win a championship in 2010..2011.. and 2012. Not only did Mitch say this but also Bill HOMER Plaschke said on Around The Horn that this team is going to be around the finals for years to come?????
I know that these two men are Los Angelas based products but really??
Did they forget that the Los Angelas struggled to beat a Houston team that had no Yao Ming or Tracy McGrady.. And then they were in a dog fight with the Denver Nuggets.
Point blank the Lakers lucked out this season based on injury and bad coaching. Yes they are a well balanced team with a top 3 NBA player in Kobe. But you can not tell me they got lucky playing the Magic in the finals.
If Kevin Garnett is not injured.. we are talking about a rematch in the NBA finals...If Yao and Tracy are fully healthy then who knows if the Lakers make it out the second round.
Also the Lakers lucked out in several games, For example
1) Anthony Carter throws in an inbound pass ,(I believe against Lamar Odom).. How do you as George Karl not call time-out and get a big man to throw the imbound pass.Since Carter did it, Trevor Ariza was able to steal and close the game.
2)During the Magic Finals- Coach Choke Artist lived and died by the three point line. He didnt learn when he was down here in Miami with Shaq in the 05 playoffs. And that is you have to give your big man the ball. He lived and died by the three with Miami in 05 and he lived and died by the three in the Finals
3)What happens if Jahmeer Nelsons fouls Fisher instead of letting him shoot the three?? Didnt anybody learn from Memphis-Kansas??? If your up by three in the lasting seconds you have to put the opposing team on the foul line!!!!!
The only thing the Lakers had better than thier opponets in the playoffs, were that they were Stronger Mentaly. They wanted it more than the other teams.
But to say they are a team in the finals for the next 3 to 4 years is Absurd!!!