How Good Are the 2010-11 LA Lakers? Just Ask Dr. Jerry Buss

Everyone knows the two-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers will be very good next season, but according to Lakers' owner, Dr. Jerry Buss, that's only the tip of the iceberg.

In a recent AP interview conducted during the NBA Hall of Fame inductions, Buss said if the Lakers remained healthy, they had a chance to be the best team he has ever owned.

I'm a firm believer in the power of a positive approach, but think about that for a second.

Buss didn't say one of his best Lakers' teams ever. He said the best ever, period.

Buss has a much clearer vantage point of the situation than the majority of those who would offer an opinion, but I've seen quite a few great Lakers' teams since my purple and gold inception in 1980.

In fact, Buss took over the reins of the franchise in 1979, and the very next year, the Lakers won the NBA championship with a brash, young rookie point guard by the name of Magic Johnson, and a legend in the making at the center position named Kareem-Abdul Jabbar.

That was a great team, but if I were making a list of the top five Lakers' championship teams since 1980, that team would not be included.

The Showtime era Lakers' teams of 1982, 1985, 1987, and 1988 would make my list, as would the Phil Jackson-coached team of 2001.

Magic's Lakers are arguably one of the greatest professional basketball teams ever assembled, while the 2001 Lakers had the best postseason run in the history of the NBA.

Do the 2010-11 version of the Lakers really have a shot at being mentioned in the same breath as the previously mentioned Lakers' teams?

Next season's Lakers team will be the deepest of the Kobe Bryant era, and quite possibly the most complete roster Jackson has coached during his tenure.

In his interview, Buss said that he and general manager Mitch Kupchak immediately turned their attention to improving a champions...

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