Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Los Angeles Lakers: The Other Empire

Just when we thought the city of Los Angeles was in the doldrums.

They're baaaack!

The defending NBA champions, Los Angeles Lakers opened their season with a 99-92 victory over their roommates, the Los Angeles Clippers. Prior to the game the Lakers held their ring ceremony and raised their 15th championship banner.

Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom and Co. looked tough last night. With a hungry Ron Artest, a healthy and lighter Andrew Bynum-- the Lakers are better, stronger, faster. Watch out Western Conference!

But guess who's lurking in the bushes? If the Lakers are going to win a 16th championship, they may just have to rumble with their arch nemesis, the Boston Celtics.

The Celtics made a major statement last night in Cleveland, beating the Cavaliers, 95-89. When Shaquille O'Neal joined the Cavs in the off season, he was asked, "Why Cleveland?" Shaq responded, "The king needs a ring", referring to LeBron James. I think someone forgot to tell Shaq, 1) he's 37 years old; 2) Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen & Co. are also attending this party.

Sorry king-- but I don't think Shaq is the tour guide who's going to take you to the promised land.

My NBA Finals prediction: Lakers 4 - Celtics 3.

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  1. I would have to agree with your prediction. I think Lakers and Celtics will meet again with Lakers on top. In last night's broadcast, Reggie Miller said the Lakers could go 20-1 in their first 21 games. I don't think he is crazy, they only have 4 road games. I think the only loss might be when they're in Denver.

  2. I agree totally with you Charley....and with Reggie. 20-1 is very conceivable with only 4 road games. At worst 19-2 or 18-3. Even the Denver game is winnable for them. I like their chances of repeating because I think they'll win home field throughout the playoffs, which may make the difference against Boston.