Well it’s time to forget those harsh nightmares filled with Boston Celtics slam-dunks, threepointers, and celebrations (they actually dumped Gatorade on their coach — I thought that only happened in football). A new N.B.A. season is upon us and the Los Angeles Lakers are revving up for another run at the World Championship.
Most N.B.A. fans and analysts would agree that this is the Lakers’ year. They have the best player in the world in Kobe Bryant and a strong supporting cast led by Lamar Odom, Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol. The team gelled together last season and made an incredible run after the All-Star break. Now they’re comfortable playing together and set to achieve what they couldn’t quite pull off last year — N.B.A. supremacy.
Kobe, with “Olympic Hero” added to his resume, seems truly content for the first time in his spectacularly tumultuous career. He finally has the added weapons it takes to climb the N.B.A. mountain and the mindset it takes to be a true team player. So everyone get your popcorn ready (T.O. stole that from me), because the Lake Show is underway.
– SCOTT CAMPBELL