A RIVAL SCOUT SIZES UP THE LAKERS
Their backcourt depth is going to be a strength, but I don't like their depth in the frontcourt apart from Antawn Jamison. That is important because Dwight Howard is coming off back surgery.... Steve Nash is 38, but he's still getting it done. He won't have to play a ton of minutes, because point guard is their deepest position.... I think the pace for the Lakers is going to be slow. If Howard ran the floor on every possession, can you imagine how impossible they would be to defend? ... If Kobe Bryant isn't among the top five players in the game, he's surely among the top seven. I don't expect to see any conflicts between Kobe and Nash.... Howard is a big upgrade over Andrew Bynum. Is Bynum a more skilled offensive player? Yes, but that's the only place he has an advantage.... The guy who could really upset their whole thing could be Metta World Peace. His game is going downhill faster than any other Laker's. What they need there is a guy like Thabo Sefolosha, who can shoot the three when he's open and can guard whoever is on the perimeter. World Peace can't handle that kind of defensive role as well as he used to.