Originally written on PRO HOOPS CENTRAL  |  Last updated 11/19/14

Although the Miami Heat, will enter the upcoming campaign as the reigning NBA champions, at least one member of their squad looks at an opponent as the team to beat next season. The “South Florida Sun Sentinel” reported that starting big man Chris Bosh told a Miami area radio station on Friday that he is very impressed with the moves the Los Angeles Lakers have made this summer.

The veteran was a guest on WQAM, Friday morning when he revealed his evaluation of clubs heading into next season. Bosh told his hosts “The Lakers, I think, right now, I mean on paper, they probably have the best team in the West and probably the league right now. On paper. I’m saying on paper. But it’s a lot, a lot, it’s a long season. And the best team always isn’t the one who starts out the season as the best team. We know we’re the champs, but we have to start off from scratch. We have a lot of chemistry building to do. And we have to come out there and we have to start over. We know favorites and all that stuff really doesn’t matter. It’s all about who’s standing at the top in June, after the season is over, and that’s all we care about. So we have to build toward that again.”

The Lakers have undergone a makeover during the summer, as they will have All-Star center Dwight Howard and veteran point guard Steve Nash, joining Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol in the team’s starting lineup. They will have their work cut out for them trying to return to the NBA Finals after a two-year absence, as they will have to beat out teams such as the Thunder, the Spurs and their co-tenants at the Staples Center the Clippers to play in the Big Dance.

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