2010 Los Angeles Lakers Seek Perfection: The Perfect Storm

November 10th, 2010 by Neal Mathur Leave a reply »
At the beginning of the season, I posed the question that this preseason was indeed the perfect start on the road to a three-peat.

Perfection because of (rather than in spite of) a disruptive European excursion, Andrew Bynum's extended recovery, Kobe Bryant's knee at 60 percent in London and his shooting at 28.2 percent. And the NBA champs went 4-4 and lost to that Barcelona team!

The same fans wringing their hands in despair at the Laker preseason statistics are now speculating that this team could…go…all…the…way. The NBA championship is a given, and even if the Lakers lose a game or two this year they will surely beat the Bulls' record of wins in a regular season.

Extrapolation is a great tool, isn't it? Besides the projection of an undefeated season, Lamar Odom will lead the NBA in three-point shooting with 67 percent, the Lakers will continue to pummel opponents by almost 13 points a game and the rookies will not miss a free throw all season. It's just basic math, after all.

Of course, the 73-win record is safe, at least as far as the Lakers are concerned. As Phil might say, "It would be nice." But ...

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