Saturday , Nov , 17 , 2007 Oly Sandor

5 Reasons Why The L.A. Lakers Are 5-3

Their start is even more impressive when considering the circumstances and opposition. The purple-and gold have transcended the Kobe drama, shrugged off an ugly pre-season, and then beaten contending teams like Phoenix, Utah, Houston, and Detroit …

They’re not underdogs, but they have been a surprise. After a summer of dysfunction, the L.A. Lakers have silenced critics by posting a solid 5-3 record. 

Their start is even more impressive when considering the circumstances and opposition. The purple-and gold have transcended the Kobe drama, shrugged off an ugly pre-season, and then beaten contending teams like Phoenix, Utah, Houston, and Detroit.

Even their coach had doubts. Laker sideline boss Phil Jackson admitted his team was awful in training camp and believed they would go winless for the first few weeks of the season.

So what gives? How has L.A. been so good?

  • 1) Derek Fisher has provided leadership. He’s averaging a respectable 12 points and 3 assists per game, but numbers only tell part of the story. Fisher’s greatest strength is his presence and ability to calm teammates.
  • 2) They’re deep. The Lakers have 12 legitimate NBA players, seven of which average at least nine points per game. Vlad Radmanovic, Farmar, and Andrew Bynum have been especially strong off the bench.
  • 3) Lamar Odom looks ready to become an All-Star. Last night, he dropped a mean 25 points and 15 boards on Detroit’s Tayshaun Prince. The lanky lefthander has loads of skill, but consistency has been a problem. The Lakers need Odom to continue being assertive and physical on offense.

  • 4) So far, Andrew Bynum has held his own averaging close to a double-double (10 points and 9 rebounds per game) in just 23 minutes of playing time. The youngster’s improved conditioning has helped his play.
  • 5) Kobe Bryant has been excellent. The disgruntled superstar has pushed aside the distractions and averaged 28 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists. Most importantly, his personal situation hasn’t been a burden for teammates.  

What is the biggest reason for L.A.’s 5-3 record? Will the Lakers continue to compete or fall off? Get at us in the comment box below.

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