More Likely to Have Long-Term Success: Brooklyn Nets or LA Lakers?

November 20th, 2012 by Ben Leibowitz Leave a reply »
Prior to the 2012-13 NBA season, the relocated Brooklyn Nets and the revamped Los Angeles Lakers were seen as two teams in the running for championship contention.

Who would have thought that this early in the season, the Lakers would have fired head coach Mike Brown as they got out to a mediocre 5-5 record? Meanwhile, the reloaded Nets have jumped out to a 6-2 start, losing only to Minnesota and Miami.

The Nets have defeated a plethora of bad teams and aren’t overwhelming anybody, but they’ve still looked better than the “mighty” Lakers thus far. Brooklyn still needs to integrate Gerald “Crash” Wallace back into the rotation following an injury, but the Nets have beaten teams they should beat, which is a sign of a playoff contender.

The Lakers meanwhile have looked flustered and frustrated. Brown got fired, ushering in the Mike D’Antoni era in Los Angeles. Injuries to Steve Nash and Steve Blake have crippled the Lakers’ backcourt, but they’ve stayed afloat with a 5-5 record.

So which of these two teams has the best chance of having long-term success?

In the short term, ...

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