I've seen a lot of different opinions regarding the comparisons here, and I'd like to delve into it a little further, since it's a pretty popular topic of conversation. We all the know the current record for the Lakers and the Heats record of 2 years ago. However, I'm baffled at how much people are under rating the effect a Steve Nash would have on a team like this. Remember, Miami despite having Miller and Haslem out for majority the season, at least had their big guns healthy for the most part and you could simply attribute the slow start to a lack of chemistry. They were fortunate in that regard as you could say. Point being, the Lakers still have some moving parts to fall into place before we can judge the experiment as a whole. Here are some other things I'd like to throw out as food for thought.......
1) Miami wasn't given the easiest schedule to kick things off. They had to go to Boston, a team with championship pedigree, and play a game with all eyes on them. Within the next couple of weeks, they played 7 (3 of them on the road) playoff teams including the eventual champion Dallas Mavericks along with Boston a second time.
2) LA has had the easier schedule in comparison, but remember Nash sustained a serious injury in the second game @POR. He's the guy thats most likely going to make things go and will allow the offense to flow more smoothly. The PGs the Lakers are rolling with currently are Darius Morris and Chris Duhon. If you can't see the problem there, then I don't know what to tell ya.....You should see a big difference when Nash/Blake come back.
3) For as bad as we think the Laker bench is, it's better than what Miami had in 2010. The Heat never had a capable scorer in Jamison, nor a capable backup PG (see above). UD and Miller were suppose to be the two players to perfectly compliment LBJ, Wade, and Bosh. With both of them out, their best complimentary players were Big Z, Bibby, Joel Anthony, and Eddie House. D'Antoni isn't going to play the bench all together on the floor at once (he isn't known for that), but with Nash/Howard on the court with them, along with maybe Kobe, bench production might not be anywhere near as bad as we may think.
4) There were many games where it was pretty much required for the Big three to score close to 75-80% of the total points for the Heat to even have a chance to win against decent teams. Until at least the ECF that year, they never got consistent efforts elsewhere. With the Lakers, MWP has been pretty damn good. I was skeptical of him to start the year, but he's shut me up so far.
5) Lastly, Pau is virtually in the same position currently as Bosh was in 2010. Eventually, Bosh definitely found his way and there's not much reason to believe Pau can't find his niche. He played PF with Bynum, and won 2 'ships. Granted, the system Mike D is trying to implement isn't the best for his skill set, and he might be traded at some point. But we should treat this as a wait-and-see approach, because again, Nash is out. Dwight isn't a guy I worry about, because he doesn't need to change his game, nor has he even entertained the notion.
If I'm missing anything I'd like to hear what you all think. There are similarities and there are differences. But some of you guys either think that the situations are the exactly the same, or take things to the other extreme. The reality is that there is middle ground. When this Laker team gets healthy, things will be just fine in LA-LA land. Let's not make the same overreactionary mistakes we did with the Heat, and attribute it to the Lakers today. People overreacted badly to the Lakers' loss to the Magic last night....and I felt it was necessary to voice some reason in regards to this team.