Los Angeles Lakers: Season Preview and Predictions
By Milan George: Hoopstuff Writer
Lakers Season Prediction: 8th in the West
Season Analysis: The Lakers can still make the playoffs with the unit they have, but oh my, will it be a battle to get out of the tough West. One major factor in the Lakers making it into the playoffs is the health of their star player, Kobe Bryant who is still questionable to return early on in the season and even if he does, it still a matter of how well he will actually perform. You may also have to question how long Nash can last this season, as he is 39, which makes injuries far more likely and they cannot afford him missing 32 games like he did last season. If those players do well, Pau Gasol gets back to his previous star levels and the bench performs, the Lakers can make the playoffs.
Playoff Prediction: Sent home in the first round
Playoff Analysis: Los Angeles for a third straight year could have the Clippers and the Lakers make the playoffs, but ...