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  • 04/04/2013, 12:50PM ET

The jazz will make the playoffs over lakers.. AND WHY this is better for the league..

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Lakers

Losses to;
Grizzlies, clippers, spurs and rockets

Wins
Warriors, Orleans and port



Jazz

Losses;
Thunder, grizzlies

Wins;
2 over Minnesota, New Orleans and warriors..

Jazz make it by one!
Jazz are on a roll..
Winning 5 of their last 6..
Plus they have more hunger..



This will be better for the league?
1. The jazz bring fresh blood to the playoffs..
It would be like the little engine that could..
2. People hate the lakers and Yankees with a passion..
And people want to see these teams not only fail, but ideally get humiliated in the process..
3. Everyone hates Kobe Bryant..
They hated him from the word go cause he is a tool..
4. Both teams will get killed 1st round anyway..
But it will mean more to jazz fans to get to the playoffs cause they will essentially knock out their hated rivals lakers in the process..
5. The jazz offer a potential Cinderella story just like Wichita!
6. The lakers offer a dysfunctional underachieving team..
People don't like to watch dysfunctional underachieving teams..

Good luck!


I'd like to see the Lakers in the playoffs but for less obvious reasons

Just think for a minute, if the Lakers don't make the playoffs, then they become a lottery team.
In true fashion, the Lakers in cahoots with David Stern will miraculously get the top pick in the draft.

The Laker empire will live on with either a great young guard or a Noel from Kentucky. Or maybe, they'll trade the pick along with Pau Gasol for Carmelo Anthony after the Knicks flop out of the playoffs.

I say let the Lakers get the 8th seed, lose handily in the playoffs to either San Antonio or OKC.
NBA fans will actually watch the game

Can you imagine the ratings for a 1st rd Utah vs San Antonio match up?

I wouldn't mind seeing the Lakers fall apart at the seems against a superior team. Kobe starts yelling at Howard
Nash gets put out to pasture by Westbrook or Parker

And if not....
Then maybe the Lakers pull it together and actually make it competitive

With Utah, there is no story
They get swept, end of story


Oh blast! The lakers beat the grizzlies:(
I was kind of counting on the to blow this one..
Oh well..

The humiliation of the lakers not making the play offs would be greater than losing meekly in the first round..
And it would be a real black mark on Kobe's legacy..

If Utah makes the playoffs the jazz fans will be ecstatic..
If the lakers make the playoffs.. Los Angeles fans won't care..
It's just a better feel good story if Utah were to make the playoffs..

I for one can't stand this years lakers..
I hate dysfunctional teams..

This race reminds me of the 2011 MLB race for the wild card..
Even as a Red Sox fan.. There was apart of me that wanted the train wreck sox to implode and get over taken by the rays..
Why?
Cause people remember train wrecks longer than losing meekly in the first round..


My main issue with any match up involving the Jazz and either San Antonio or OKC is that it would simply not be competitive.
The Jazz are an okay team but have no stars, no potential stars and they don't do anything great.

They might make the games look respectable but everyone knows they will not win.

The Lakers on the other hand will have people either vehemently rooting against them, or the definitely rooting for them.

In fact, I'd imagine that a match up between the Lakers and either OKC or San Antonio would probably be the most watched games of the entire first rd. By far!

Also, the Lakers would not go out quietly.
Even if they get blown out in every game, you can be sure that the blame game will be fun to watch
Kobe will call out a teammate or two
Howard will be asked a million times, if he's returning
D'Antoni will be asked is he worried about his job
Phil Jackson will be asked would they have lost if he was the coach

And yes, Lakers fans will care, a lot
They have Kobe, Gasol, Howard and Nash.
All they want is a shot and if it's against Tim Duncan, all the better

With the Jazz, there is no intrigue at all


Well the lakers got totally destroyed by the clippers today..

You are backing the wrong pony..

I still think its utahs race to lose..

Utah fans are immensely passionate about their beloved jazz..
We don't have an NFL team or a baseball team:(
Basketball is the only thing we have..
And if you are not a Mormon it's really hard to chase skirt..

La?
Bunch of overpaid crybabys.
Why do you want to see Kobe shout at Howard?
If they miss the playoffs, Kobe will shout at himself..
That's much better!

Utah saints have Hayward!


I guess it depends on who you'd rather see play in a first rd match up

Kobe Bryant or Gordan Heyward
D Howard or Al Jefferson
Nash or Mo Williams
Gasol or Derrick Favors

I don't think either team will beat OKC or San Antonio, but at the very least, the Lakers will be more entertaining and competitive

OKC and San Antonio are two of the top 3 teams in the league. They have a good mix of veterans and young players who can ball.

No one on the Utah has shown anything in their career to suggest they will have a monster playoff series and pull of the big upset.

Kobe on the other hand might average 40
Howard may pull in 20 pts, 20 rebs a game
Nash may turn back the clock and school Westbrook or Parker and will his team to win

That's why most fans want to see the Lakers
Because of the unexpected

With Utah, we know what will happen.

I say the Lakers might even steal a game in LA and make things interesting.
For that alone, I'd rather see the Lakers

April 4, 2013  12:51 PM ET

Jazz have an easier schedule..

April 4, 2013  03:18 PM ET

i would rather watch the lakers and see kobe freak the f out at his teammates when they lose in the 1st round

April 4, 2013  03:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

i would rather watch the lakers and see kobe freak the f out at his teammates when they lose in the 1st round

Ha ha..
Not bad logic!

April 4, 2013  04:49 PM ET

"3. Everyone hates Kobe Bryant..
They hated him from the word go cause he is a tool.."


Hahaha.

April 4, 2013  07:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

"3. Everyone hates Kobe Bryant..They hated him from the word go cause he is a tool.."Hahaha.

"Hate me cause I'm a tool"..

April 4, 2013  10:17 PM ET

It is NEVER better for the league when the Lakers miss the playoffs. Not ever. Not only are they the big dog in the 2nd largest television market, they have a huge national following matched only by Boston. Who outside of Utah cares about the Jazz? Hell, I'd bet you a hundred bucks more than half of the people in this country couldn't find Utah on a U.S. map. And that more than that couldn't name their basketball team.

Exponentially more fans + far far higher TV ratings = Lakers in the playoffs are much better for the league than the Jazz.

I'd have taken this TD, but that's the entire argument. There is nothing left to say. Couldn't stretch that out for 3 args...

April 4, 2013  10:34 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

It is NEVER better for the league when the Lakers miss the playoffs. Not ever. Not only are they the big dog in the 2nd largest television market, they have a huge national following matched only by Boston. Who outside of Utah cares about the Jazz? Hell, I'd bet you a hundred bucks more than half of the people in this country couldn't find Utah on a U.S. map. And that more than that couldn't name their basketball team.Exponentially more fans + far far higher TV ratings = Lakers in the playoffs are much better for the league than the Jazz.I'd have taken this TD, but that's the entire argument. There is nothing left to say. Couldn't stretch that out for 3 args...

I like that

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April 5, 2013  05:30 PM ET
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The Lakers don't own a 1st rounder so they can't possibly get the #1 overall pick.

Really? Why?

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April 6, 2013  10:25 PM ET

I actually like Kobe now. Hated him for the first fifteen years, but now that he's older and whatnot I find myself rooting for the guy.

April 6, 2013  10:26 PM ET

Still hate LA, though. That'll never change.

Where I come from it's basically a rite of passage to hate all things LA. Sports teams, Hollywood, bands, etc. LA blows and that'll never change.

April 7, 2013  10:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Still hate LA, though. That'll never change.Where I come from it's basically a rite of passage to hate all things LA. Sports teams, Hollywood, bands, etc. LA blows and that'll never change.

I've heard a lot of their fans suck too. :-)

April 7, 2013  06:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Still hate LA, though. That'll never change.Where I come from it's basically a rite of passage to hate all things LA. Sports teams, Hollywood, bands, etc. LA blows and that'll never change.

Because NM is so awesome, right?

April 8, 2013  07:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Still hate LA, though. That'll never change.Where I come from it's basically a rite of passage to hate all things LA. Sports teams, Hollywood, bands, etc. LA blows and that'll never change.

kind of the same way it was when I was growing up, to distrust and dislike anything from the left coast. didn't help that for years the 49rs were the Saints biggest rivals other than the dirtly birds

April 8, 2013  11:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Because NM is so awesome, right?

Yup.

April 8, 2013  11:04 PM ET

In what alternate universe are the Lakers gonna wind up with Nerlens Noel?

April 8, 2013  11:06 PM ET

Derrick Favors over Pau Gasol any day.

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