Top 10 Reasons LA Won't Win the Championship This Year.
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Even with Dwight and Nash many don't pick the Lakers to win this year. Here's why.
Below are the Top 10 reasons Los Angeles won't win the title this year. This is drawing from other teams of similar build as well as an analysis of their existing pieces. Los Angeles is loaded with talent, but talent doesn't always equal championship rings and these are the reasons why.
#10 Metta World Peace is wild.
World Peace is a solid defender, but his offense is sketchy and his ability to control himself in pressure situations is horrible. Look for him to have another incident this year as he continues to age and get more frustrated with his slowing body. It's not a matter of if, but simply when World Peace will go nuclear.
#9 Pau Gasol is weak.
Gasol simply doesn't pay with the heart of a champion. Now that he is the 3rd or 4th option in the offense it won't be as glaringly obvious, but having people on your team and on the court that lack desire is a killer to team moral. Look for Kobe to continue to get pissed with Pau.
#8 Dwight can't shoot free throws.
When the game is on the line Dwight can't touch the ball. This is the same problem the Clippers have with Blake Griffin. The Lakers can overcome this by simply having everything flow through Kobe and Nash, but having your key big man not able to touch the ball is a serious weakness.
#7 Nash's defense sucks.
Steve Nash is a wiz at no-look passes and floaters in the lane, but lateral movement and man-up defense isn't one of his strengths. This will be exploited when he is matched up with speedsters like Russell Westbrook. This will be a key matchup the Thunder will exploit. This is why the Thunder are still stronger than the Lakers out West.
#6 Dwight's attitude
Dwight is known as a happy-go-lucky guy. He has always been much stronger and more talented than his competition. Unfortunately, this has made him weak. Dwight is not tough. He does not have the heart of a lion like Kobe. He has the heart of a kitty like Pau. This lack of mental toughness will be spotlighted in the playoffs.
#5 Kobe pressing
Kobe want's his sixth championship more than anything. He knows time is running out on both his career and the Laker's ability to hold this squad of players together. Look for Kobe to up in Pau and Dwight's faces early in the season. This could backfire with Dwight who isn't used to being scolded publicly.
#4 Mike Brown needs a spine
The Zen Master not only knew how to win, he knew how to let his leaders lead, but also how to keep them within his system. Mike Brown is no Phil Jackson and doesn't command the type of respect needed to keep massive egos in check. If things get bumpy early in the system look for Mike Brown to start catching some of the heat.
#3 No Toughness.
The toughest player on the Lakers is Kobe followed by Steve Nash. Where LA doesn't have grit is underneath. They lack the big men with muscle that are willing to both hit the floor and set a bone-crushing pick. Their big men are more pretty and gritty. Teams like San Antonio and Oklahoma City that don't suffer from this same prima donna mentality will exploit this lack of toughness.
#2 LA wants results.
Look for the temperature to be turned up as the Lakers struggle early in the season. They may even loose some early games to the Clippers and be threatened with losing the crown of their home town. Los Angeles has extrememly high expectations for the Lakers and if things start going south look for egos to get bruised and fingers to start pointing.
#1 First year together.
The Miami heat didn't win the first year their Big Three united in South Beach. The Lakers are no different. No matter how much talent a team has, it takes time for players to find their roles and fit together. The Lakers have the advantage of having winners already on the roster, but so did Miami. Look for the Lakers to win in year 2, but not their first year with this grouping of players.Read More
LeBron wins first NBA Championship as Miami tops Thunder 106-121.
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Miami made us all believers.
Going into the Oklahoma vs. Miami NBA Finals almost no one picked Miami to win. The world was excited about a new young team and it's wasn't the Miami Heat. No, the Heat had quickly become the most hated team in the world over the last 2 season. LeBron was made out to be the devil and everyone seemed to cheer against him.
Last night he was vindicated. LeBron is one of only a handful of NBA players to ever with the regular season MVP, the NBA Championship, and the Finals MVP. He finished game 5 with a triple-double, 26 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assists. Not he ever needed to prove anything, but he did. He play was passionate and inspired.
The Heat were up by 10 at half-time, but came out in the 3rd quarter on a mission. Miami outscored the Thunder 36-22 in the 3rd to blow the game wide open. Miller was draining 3-pointers like he was 24-years old again, Wade went for 20 points, Bosh 24, and Miller an amazing 23 on 7-8 shooting from downtown.
The Heat simply overpowered the young and energetic Thunder Team. And as things started to slip away from the Thunder they reverted back to bad habits. Westbrook started jacking up tough shots he probably should have passed to Durant or Harden. Westbrook ended up going 4-20 for the game. Tough to win when your point guard is shooting that poorly. Durant had 32 points, but the team as a whole shot just 41 percent.
This is a day for Miami and LeBron to feel the weight of the world lifted. They're finally world champions and earned every bit of it.
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