It’s only been two games, but the Los Angeles Lakers look like the best NBA team I’ve ever seen.
Better than Magic Johnson’s Lakers; better the Michael Jordan’s Bulls; better than Tim Duncan’s Spurs.
Better than the Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal Lakers.
They’ve beaten the Portland Trail Blazers and the cross-locker room Clippers, true. But damn, they’ve looked impressive doing it, winning by an average of 28 points!
Kobe looks fit. He still turns the ball over at an alarming rate but he’s deadly. Everyone knows that. He is the Black Mamba. I can’t believe guys give him an inch, defensively.
Bynum looks like an emerging monster, on the offensive boards especially. I can’t wait to see him out-quick Shaq and out-maneuver Duncan in the playoffs.
Pau Gasol remains awfully soft. He’s got great post moves but seems recline to just sort of fling the ball at the basket. He should be putting it down team’s throats. Instead, he delivers these half-hearted hook shots. Someone needs to drill some serious toughness into this soft Euro.
The supporting cast (Derek Fisher, Vlad Radmanovic, Lamar Odom, et al) looks more confident thus far. They seem to have an understanding of a better defensive system, playing zone more and rebounding better.
And head coach Phil Jackson looks at least 10 years younger with a clean shave. Say, wasn’t that about the time the Lakers starting winning championships the first time?