Well folks, we now have another former Los Angeles Laker who is high on the 2013-14 Lakers squad.
Former Laker Vlade Divac was recently asked for his opinion on his expectations for the Lakers this new season when this happened.
Via LA Times:
"The Los Angeles Lakers are an elite team and I'm sure they're going to do better than last year. It's not going to happen two years in a row to have a bad season," Divac told Express Sports. "The Lakers are going to be definitely one of those teams that can win the championship next year."
To his credit at least he didn’t take the ultimate leap of faith like Metta World Peace did and put them in the Finals.
Now Kobe Bryant's individual talents cannot be disputed, but with his recovery from knee surgery and also dealing with an Achilles heel injury, the Lakers will have a rough time this season.
Add the fact they lost Dwight Howard, good or bad, he still was a presence in the paint, have an aged Steve Nash, a often injured new center with Chris Kaman, a shoot-first player with Nick Young, and a head coach - Mike D'Antoni - who has never won when it counts and one has the makings of a sub-par team not capable of capturing the NBA crown this season.
Can they sneak in the postseason at spot eight or seven? Sure but in conference with teams such as the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City, Houston, Golden State, the Clippers, and a rising Minnesota squad, no way the Lakers will even sniff the Finals.
Now I have been a Divac fan since the days he was learning to speak English while watching the Flintstones, but I have to say “Not So Fast My Friend”.
So Spurs’ fans, how absurd do you view Divac’s statement to be?
From these statements I have come to the conclusion that Vlade Divac has no idea what he is talking about and he is now on my list of professional athletes that should never be taken seriously again. Go away Lakers and mire in your mediocrity.
Okay, this is getting silly now. First, it's Ron Artest, now it's Vlade Divac? No way in hell should the words "Lakers" and "title contenders" be in the same sentence this season. If people want to call them playoff contenders, fine but even then, I still don't think they'll make the playoffs this season.
Vlade Divac, known for his flopping and smoking a pack of Lucky's before every game and another pack during half-time.
Known for his ability as a prognosticator? Notsomuch
Last season, they were a 7th seed with a virtually healthy Kobe. Now Kobe is coming off a severe injury, they lose arguably the best big man in the NBA, they keep grandpa Nash, and get a bunch of no names in the offseason.
Yes Vlade, they are definitely better than last year.
@JeffProjectSpurs I agree with Emicris on top 6 and last two are tough for me. In Denver I think Gallo would have to come back strong for them, so not sure. I'm thinking Wolves 7 and dogfight between Nugs, Pelicans and Wavs for 8..and hoping Pelicans get it
For me, the top 6 seeds are locks for the Spurs, Thunder, Clippers, Rockets, Warriors, and Grizzlies. As for the final 2 spots, I feel it will be between the Nuggets, Timberwolves, and the Trail Blazers (maybe the Mavs and Pelicans too). I would pick the Nuggets and T'Wolves as my final 2 teams to make the playoffs.
@Emicris Unless swaggy P (ugh) morphs into MJ, Nash gets a hot tub time machine and KobMe has his chucker gene removed, no ships for LA
@gymbear Not nearly as cool as Artest taking shots of Hennessy in between quarters!
@ryankxlu yeah, the artice could have been :
"Well folks, we now have another former Los Angeles Laker who is high"
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