mattb47 wrote:About to sign Ilgauskas from Cleveland too so there's another piece. I don't think it will be "a walk in the park", it never is, but I definitely think they'll be there and I don't know that LA is definitely a more complete or better team if you really think about it. I mean I really don't see LA being able to defend those 3 guys consistently at all...Artest is no longer as elite a defender every night as he once was and while Kobe is a good defender, they generally try not to put him on a great offensive player to keep him from wearing down as much.
I don't know how it will all play out...but if these guys play as well together as I think they can, then I don't see anyone stopping them.
For a couple years down the road, you're probably right, but I don't agree if you're talking about this year. The Lakers have had the nucleus of their team together for a few years now, whereas the Heat are going to have to get used to playing together. Also, at the end of the game, when someone needs to take over, I would take Kobe over any of the 3 on the Heat. Also, I do think Bosh is very good, but he is not as good as the hype would make you believe. I would take Pau Gasol over him, especially given that Bosh has not proven he can win. Also, while we're discussing inability to win, Lebron hasn't been able to either, meaning out of these 3 elite players that they have, only one of them has shown any ability to win.