On the struggling Lakers, who were 10-15 at week's end:
"First, they're getting killed in transition. Part of it is that Rick Fox, Robert Horry and Brian Shaw are a year older, and after winning three titles they don't have that urgency to bust ass in November and December. Another part is that you can't ignore those role players at the offensive end, then expect them to get back and do all the dirty work defensively. Plus, they're probably tired of Shaq and Kobe saying that it's everyone else's fault. With Shaq being overweight, he can't cover as much ground as normal; teams are also figuring out ways to zone him. Put it all together and it means they're more vulnerable than they've ever been, but I still think they can get to the conference finals from the seventh or eighth position, and I can see them winning it all. They're in their comfort zone in the playoffs, not during early-season games."