2010 NBA Preview: The Eminent Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers just made their third straight NBA Finals appearance. Such a thing happened ten other times in the 64 years of NBA history: 1950-53 New York Knicks, 1951-54 Minneapolis Lakers, 1957-66 Boston Celtics, 1967-70 Los Angeles Lakers, 1981-85 Los Angeles Lakers, 1986-89 Los Angeles Lakers, 1987-90 Detroit Pistons, 1990-93 Chicago Bulls, 1995-98 Chicago Bulls, and 1999-02 Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers will enter the 2010-2011 season with an opportunity for a three-peat, the third in franchise history. Winning three straight titles is more difficult than people think; not every dynasty has done it. This has happened only five times in the league’s history; 1952-1954 Minneapolis Lakers, 1959-1966 Boston Celtics, 1991-1993 Chicago Bulls, 1996-1998 Chicago Bulls, 2000-2002 Los Angeles Lakers.

More impressive than the current Lakers having an opportunity to join that select group is Phil Jackson with an opportunity to set the fourth three-peat of his career. Actually, every title Jackson has ever won has been in a consecutive manner. This upcoming season has been reported as Jackson’s last before retirement.

Shooting for history and also to cement their mentor’s legacy as the ultimate in pro basketball’s history, the Lakers have everything to enter the season with their target on their back. However, thanks to the super free agency summer of 2010 that crowned the Miami Heat as the most polarizing team in the league, Los Angeles remains surprisingly underrated.

Their offseason acquisitions are proof that they understand Miami has put together a crushing one-two punch at the wing. The signing of Matthew Barnes, another physical defender, will pressure the perimeter and possibly matchup against either LeBron James or Dwayne Wade.

They still have a considerable size advantage against most of the league, including the main contenders. The news that Andrew Bynum will not be rea...

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