Los Angeles Lakers: Level of Concern For Defending Champions

December 26th, 2009 by Brandon Ribak Leave a reply »
All Kobe Bryant and the Lakers wanted for Christmas this year was a W.  Yet by the end of last night's 102-87 shellacking at the hands of Lebron and the Cavs, all they found in their stocking was a lump of coal—and a handful of questions.

Like me, most NBA fans thought that the Lakers were too powerful, too strong, and too experienced to lose to practically any team in the league—especially at home in the Staples Center.

And, just like me, most fans believed that the Lakers would come out and light up the Cavaliers simply for the spirit of Christmas.

Apparently that wasn't the case yesterday (sorry that the Lakers disappointed you on Christmas, little boys and girls).

One thing that separates the Lakers from the average team is their extreme height in frontcourt.  Their duo of seven-footers, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, tend to cause serious mismatch problems against most opponents.

Normally having a huge height advantage, Gasol can face off against most power-forwards in the NBA with success, hurting them with his excellent mid-range shooting ability, stellar rebounding, keen passing skills, and first-rate shot block ...

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