While the 2012-13 season is still over a month away from tipoff, many NBA fans and pundits have been quick to name the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat the participants of the 2013 NBA Finals.
If only it were that easy.
Among those that are skeptical of the Lakers' Finals chances are former San Antonio Spurs forward Robert Horry, who had a few Finals appearances in purple and gold.
While the Lakers had a big offseason, bringing in Steve Nash for practically nothing and getting the best of a blockbuster deal netting them Dwight Howard, Horry, part of deep teams in San Antonio, spoke to India Today noting the Lakers weakness on the bench.
"I don't think the Lakers are going to be in the NBA Finals, despite Howard and Nash. To go deep into the play-offs, you need a strong bench, not just a great starting line-up. I still believe (last year's runners-up) Oklahoma City Thunder are the favourites in the Western Conference, and (champions) Miami of course have just gotten stronger with Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis.You pick up history and you'll see the bench that outplays its opponents usually wins," Horry told Mail Today.
Not sold on Lakers either. Just frustrated with the Lakers getting veteran all-star players AGAIN AND AGAIN when they are supposed to be in worse salary cap shape than the Spurs.
@jaws3 They happened to have a sizeable trade exception stemming from Odom trade to get Nash and sent out the 2nd best NBA C + McRoberts, Eyenga and draft pick to get DH..otherwise, they couldnt have just signed these guys if they were FA being over the cap. They had assets to give up, and two players that very much wanted to move to LA. The Pau deal was and always will be a highly suspect deal, but these moves, not so much. DH pretty much forced Magic to move him to LA and THAT'S what really sucks to me. But if ever a player fit in a certain city, its this drama queen and plastic land LA..