Last Thursday I mentioned I would do a best of the rest Contender list for the Western Conference. Due to the fact that I'm A) supremely lazy B) was supremely busy over the weekend and C) not feeling particularly energetic it did not get done. (And this post was not alone.)
So the new Thursday is now Tuesday okay? Okay, good. Today, I profile 3 more real contenders that are not Oklahoma City. (They are last in my series.)
Los Angeles Lakers
Are the Los Angeles Lakers for real? Well, it depends on who you ask. First, it's obvious where the Lakers strengths are. In order it's A) their size and B) Kobe Bryant. Why is Kobe second? Because where the Lakers differentiate themselves is with Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol. Not Bryant no matter how legendary or incredibly brilliant Bryant is at the ripe young age of 33.
In fact, one might say this team would go as far as Pau Gasol is willing to push himself to that next level. Strangely enough, the Lakers seem...