To title behind
Oh, there's a season to be played? Semantics. Howard's back will be fine and the Lakers will roll through the West before meeting the
And there, you won't see
Great centers don't come along often, but when they do, they don purple and gold and end up as champions.
Mr. Howard, you're next in line.
To Finals before falling
The Lakers will win the West and lose to the Heat in the
Adding Dwight Howard and
Howard, the game's top defender, fits well into coach
To Finals to face Heat
To a compelling NBA Finals against the Heat, with both of those teams confirming that in the
On paper, no one in the West presents what the Lakers present, an inside-outside (Dwight Howard-Kobe Bryant) game that features a pair of the game's best facilitators at their positions (Pau Gasol, Steve Nash).
As for the Finals against the Heat, let's see how it plays out before June, with the 82-game schedule likely to require some input from these largely counterfeit benches.
This may be a year when home-court advantage in the Finals means everything.
Almost all the way
The Lakers, if their bodies hold up, will reach the NBA Finals next season.
They'll then lose in a dream matchup of future Hall of Famers, falling to the Heat, Tall Ball against Small Ball.
It will be the Lakers' best, if not last, shot, at the Heat, considering Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol are running out of anti-aging cream. Sheer size, in the form of Dwight Howard and Gasol will get them past the Thunder.
The Heat are too athletic with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and