Monday , Jan , 26 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

George Karl: Don’t Count on the Lakers

Ask most observers and the Lakers (35-8) are a lock.

"Basically, everybody’s conceding that the Lakers are going to win (the Western Conference), and I don’t believe that," Nuggets coach George Karl said. "I think there’s numerous teams in the Western Conference that still have time to grow up and challenge."

Asked if the Nuggets are one of those teams, Karl said: "Yes, I think we are. We have a window of improvement, and we also have that window of experience (to gain from) winning a playoff series that can bring momentum to a young team, a team that’s never won."