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  1. #1
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    Are the Lakers going to be in Championship contention again next year?

    It's been a long time coming for the Lakers, but it seems like Rich Paul is going to get AD to the Lakers sooner rather than later. KD won't be lacing it up for the Warriors next year, whether he's on the roster or not, and Klay is going to be out until at least All-Star break.

    Could you see the Lakers having a shot at the title next year? What hypothetical roster would it take for them to do it?

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    “Long time coming”?? It’s only been 9 years GTFOH. Meanwhile 21 years and counting for us. Why do Lakers fans feel they’re entitled to be championship contenders every year??

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    Jeanie, Linda and Rob got the combined IQ of my shoe size.

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    I honestly don't think AD puts the Lakers into that category. We'll see what happens. But fear the East. I think that because of the injuries, as it stands right now the three best teams will be in the East next year and even with AD on the Lakers they aren't better than Tor, Philly or Milwaukee. This assumes that Jimmy and Kawhi resign.

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    What do you mean "again?" Lol they have been garbage for like 7 years straight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmellofan15 View Post
    It's been a long time coming for the Lakers, but it seems like Rich Paul is going to get AD to the Lakers sooner rather than later. KD won't be lacing it up for the Warriors next year, whether he's on the roster or not, and Klay is going to be out until at least All-Star break.

    Could you see the Lakers having a shot at the title next year? What hypothetical roster would it take for them to do it?
    Draft Kings has them as #2 to win the Championship

    2020 NBA Championship Odds

    – Bucks: +500
    – Warriors: +700
    – Lakers: +700
    – Raptors: +700
    – Rockets: +800
    – 76ers: +1000
    – Nuggets: +1200
    – Clippers: +1400
    – Celtics: +2000
    – Nets: +2500
    – Knicks: +2500
    – Thunder: +2500

    Note: All odds provided by DraftKings Sportsbook

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    Most odd makers have them as the favorites. That honestly speaks more to the ignorance of their fan base then anything else. I'm sure the casino's know what they're doing and Laker fans will still buck up even with those odds. With that front office I think it's more likely they miss the playoffs again. Even with AD. I think they'll make it but more likely as a lower seed than championship contender. You have to keep in mind the role players that front office is capable of adding are well....Rondo, Beasley, McGee, Stephenson and even Caldwell-Pope didn't fit. They let their 2 best role players Lopez and Randle walk when they got sweetheart deals. They would need to go from making all bad moves to no bad moves. Not likely. I wonder if I can bet money they won't win it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SfgiantsJD3 View Post
    Draft Kings has them as #2 to win the Championship

    2020 NBA Championship Odds

    – Bucks: +500
    – Warriors: +700
    – Lakers: +700
    – Raptors: +700
    – Rockets: +800
    – 76ers: +1000
    – Nuggets: +1200
    – Clippers: +1400
    – Celtics: +2000
    – Nets: +2500
    – Knicks: +2500
    – Thunder: +2500

    Note: All odds provided by DraftKings Sportsbook

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    Wow, am I the only that thinks it's absurd? They didn't even make the playoffs, Lebron is another year older and didn't look particularly well coming back from the injury. I would probably take at least 10 of the playoff teams from this year ahead of them just off the top of my head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike_noodles View Post
    Wow, am I the only that thinks it's absurd? They didn't even make the playoffs, Lebron is another year older and didn't look particularly well coming back from the injury. I would probably take at least 10 of the playoff teams from this year ahead of them just off the top of my head.
    Vegas odds will be somewhat affected by visitors from LA; Reno used to be affected by SF visitors. Online books won't adjust that much for those two areas

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    Quote Originally Posted by formula101 View Post
    Jeanie, Linda and Rob got the combined IQ of my shoe size.
    wow you have size 24 feet?!
    gotta love 'referential' treatment

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    Every single person, even Lakers fans, should be taking against.

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    I mean, there's sort of two questions. Should they be the favorites? Probably not. But I wouldn't rule them out either. Assuming Durant isn't really going to play next year, or if he does, that he wont be his full self, the Lakers will have 2 of the 3 best players on the court regardless of who they play.

    Obviously there's more to it than just having 2 great players, but 2 great players make a huge difference. So to me they should be in the conversation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike_noodles View Post
    Wow, am I the only that thinks it's absurd? They didn't even make the playoffs, Lebron is another year older and didn't look particularly well coming back from the injury. I would probably take at least 10 of the playoff teams from this year ahead of them just off the top of my head.

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    It's a little early to label then as favorites, but they'll certainly be up there. KD missing the season and Klay Thompson being out until February (earliest), changes everything.

    LeBron and AD are already the best duo in the NBA without having played a game together. In a season that looks like turnover and depth might be an issue, that duo can take them far. I doubt they'll manage to get into another max spot, but if they managed to get Kawhi or Kyrie, then they're right at the top, no matter the depth questions. It just might be one of those years.

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    Vegas betting lines are based on how they think people will bet, not what will likely happen. They think people will bet on the Lakers, so that is set to give a low payout. It's really not a predictor of anything other than how people will lose their money.

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