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    Memo to the Lakers

    (Let me preface what I'm about to say by noting that (despite popular belief), this is NOT a Lakers' hating thread and I'm not trolling for the sake of pissing off an entire fanbase. What I'm simply doing is pointing out something that many Lakers fans are in total denial over and should accept after last night. Also, this is not necessarily time to panic, but this should be a wake up call.)

    Dear Lakers Fans,

    I've spent the last few months since the Dwight Howard and Steve Nash acquisitions reading countless posts touting how incredible your team is going to be and how likely they are to win the title. After the Harden trade, I read dozens of posts from Lakers fans and non-Lakers fans alike praising how the Lakers were the real winners of the trade, because the Western Conference would likely be a cakewalk for them. All the time I just kept saying "It's not going to be that easy."

    Last night should be a slap in the face.

    There shouldn't be rioting in the streets or mass suicide outside of the Staples Center, but you should all be a tad concerned right now because the offense was in disarray, Nash looked like a fish out of water and a Mavs team without their best player beat the Lakers in their house in what was supposed to be a revealing of the next great Lakers team.

    It wasn't and you should be worried.

    Be worried because you have four of arguably the 100 greatest players in the history of the league on one team, but three of them are older than 32 and on the decline and the fourth (Howard) hasn't been locked up long term yet.

    Be worried because if this Lakers team doesn't ease its way into the playoffs and make a deep run, that Howard could potentially walk and leave LA with the shattered remains of the possibilities, another gigantic "what if" in the history of the NBA.

    Be worried because you have a mediocre coach who could never figure out how to be successful with the best player in the NBA now trying to coach arguably the league's most talented roster. And Phil Jackson is not walking through that door.

    But all is not lost.

    Eventually they're going to develop some level of chemistry together and they'll realize that you cannot confine Steve Nash to that pathetic excuse for an offense they showed last night. For this team to be successful, the ball has to run through Nash and Kobe has to be a playmaker without the ball in his hands 24/7. If that happens, this team could still be very good. They could contend. They could be champions.

    But above all else, be worried because even if they do figure it out, there's never any guarantee. Super teams are not a new development. They've been around since the early years of the NBA, and they were not always successful. Wilt joined the Lakers in 68 with Jerry West and Elgin Baylor, but lost to Bill Russell one more time in the 69 Finals. Philly had Moses, Barkley and Erving (three of the 20 best players in league history) for two seasons in the mid-80s and earned no hardware.

    And we just got done a season and a half ago learning that it can take a while for three or more superstars to mesh together and figure out how to play together as we watched the Heat get embarrassed on the biggest stage against a more seasoned, more practiced Mavericks team.

    A year and a half later, however, and the Heat have risen from their mediocre beginnings to become champions. Watching them last night and the rest of the league should be concerned with the fact that they looked even better than the team that demolished the second best basketball team in the world in the NBA Finals just a few months ago.

    The Heat aren't the only obstacles, either. The Thunder are no cakewalk, nor are the Spurs, the Clippers or the new-look Nuggets. All of these teams should concern you, because while they may not be as talented as your Lakers, they will look better in their openers than your team did last night and all it takes is one bad playoff series for your team to be watching the NBA Finals from a television at their homes.

    People will say this thread is an overreaction. That I'm just doing this to piss off Lakers fans because they had one bad game and this is the perfect opportunity to do so. Maybe. Or maybe last night merely personified all the questions and concerns I had going into this season about this team so perfectly that I had to write this down while it still has meaning.

    I know it's been easy for you in the past, seeming to always get the players and the outcomes that you want and winning countless titles with star players donning the purple and gold. But wake up Lakers fans. It's October, it's gonna be a long season and you haven't won anything yet.

    Sincerely,
    The rest of the NBA and its fans


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    They'll get it together eventually but I do find it comical how cocky Lakers fans are.

    I mean a kid on Facebook last night probably posted 10 statuses before the game about Laker this and Laker that, Kobe this and Kobe that, Dwight this and Dwight that.. and when they lost all I could do is sit there and laugh at him. Don't let us sit there and laugh at you. Be humble.

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    Them dudes are just old...it will take them slower to catch up to the young guns but once they get going, they'll be tough to beat. Same thing happens to the Celtics and Spurs.

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    One game.

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    Going 0-8 in preseason didn't help in the least bit, not a team that talented. But then again the Lakers with that squad could be the 8th seed and still make the finals.
    "Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships."
    - Michael Jordan

    Thanks MJ-Bulls for the picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LAKERMANIA View Post
    One game.
    Very true, but I'm sure you guys are acknowledging that there is a cause for concern. In the end tho we need to just be patient and give these guys 30 games to figure it out. No need to make early evaluations.
    “It’s about winning,” Stoudemire said. “You win, you’re going to get on national TV. Simple. In Phoenix, we won — Western Conference finals three, four years, playoffs every year. We won. If you don’t win, nobody really wants to see you.”

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    tl;dr

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    ohhh its not Mehmet Okur

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    this seems more like a letter to yourself rather than laker fans...reassurance your fav team has a chance im guessing? they will be fine....dwight staying or leaving is not going to make or break the lakers franchise.

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    It's just one game, but Mike Brown is not the answer at coach. He gets pushed around too easily by these players. They need a no nonsense/my way, coach.

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    They went 12-31 from the line. That won't continue to happen. They shot better, outrebounded, had more assists and less fouls than the Mavs.

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    wasn't kobe injured and missed a lot of practices?

    didn't the miami heat started off what 2-8 the 1st season Lebron went to the Heat?

    I am not a Lakers fan but this is pretty damn premature, especially after 1 game

    When you are so determined to prove someone wrong, you sometimes look stupid

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    slight over reaction but also hit some really good points, this offense is terrible for this team and more specifiacly Nash, this will get Mike Brown fired before the new year if he sticks to this offense. With the personel on that team you need to go back to the triangle but in spurts, let nash run the pick and roll and run and gun offense once that stops working you go into the tiangle, it needs to be a mix of the two, the current offence is taking Nash out of the game completely, its relying heavily on pau and Dwight to get things done down low which is not a terrible thing but the only true benefit is that Kobe got a few easy baskets last night which is a nice change, but he barely had the ball in his hands. Brown will have to figure this out quickly before hes looking for another job come xmas time. Now with that said, when the lakers get together and they will, they will steamroll anyone in their path, but they have to be clicking come playoff time.

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    It was one game man.


    Quote Originally Posted by rhymeratic View Post
    Shoot I'd even put up Glen Rice and Mitch Richmond in their prime at or slightly better than James. Even Glenn Robinson who is a forgotten beast.


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    Kobe GOAT LOL
    ^Finally got one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Byronicle View Post
    wasn't kobe injured and missed a lot of practices?

    didn't the miami heat started off what 2-8 the 1st season Lebron went to the Heat?

    I am not a Lakers fan but this is pretty damn premature, especially after 1 game

    When you are so determined to prove someone wrong, you sometimes look stupid
    Hahaha theirs really not much else to say after this.


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