Mark Cuban Won’t Admit It, but He Fears the LA Lakers

Mark Cuban said this week that he's not expecting the newly-revamped Lakers to win a title come June. Citing the 2003-04 Lakers as his primary example, Cuban stressed that it takes "chemistry" to win a title. 

"It takes great chemistry," said the Mavericks owner in a recent interview, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas. "I don't know if all their guys want to be there.

"The Lakers have done this before," he continued. "Gary Payton and Karl Malone and Kobe and Shaq were all together, and it didn't work."

In an attempt to dismiss the Lakers' blockbuster acquisitions, Cuban ended up making his fears transparent as he purposely downplayed an obvious threat to his former title-contending team.

It's clearly delusional. Choosing to ignore the obvious talent of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash while devaluing the proven mettle of Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, Cuban unmistakably showed how alarmed he is by LA's moves.

"A lot of teams do a great job of winning the summer," he went on, "but I never get so antsy about what happens over the summer. I just want to know what happens during the season."

He's right about one thing: What happens in August doesn't always reflect what happens in June. But not even Cuban's assuming confidence can overshadow the fact that LA has one scary team. Also, as evident by recent history, big moves lead to big seasons.

Cuban is a smart guy. He knows what happens when superstar players get together to form a colossal team. Recent NBA history is there to remind him.  




Rewind the clocks a bit. In 2010 the Miami Heat formed a title-contending team when it added LeBron James and Chris Bosh. The Heat eventually reached to finals twice, winning it once. Three years before that, the Celtics added Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett to form a still-relevant Bost...

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