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December 15, 2008

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Wow! When I miss, I miss big. If you read my NBA preview, you will notice that I did not have many good things to say about the Lakers. Now I would like to take back all the things that I previously said, or thought about the Fighting Kobes.

Andrew Bynum has come on to be a force. He is now one of the top centers in the West. If he continues to play like a young Hakeem, the Lakers will be the team to beat in a few years. This year, I would not be surprised if they make it super far in the playoffs. If they were to make the finals, it would not startle me.

Luke Walton is becoming a vital role player for them and is learning to be more of a passer. His ability to find open cutters makes him useful when playing good defensive teams like the Spurs. Jordan Farmar and Derrick Fisher give Kobe players he can trust at the Point.

There is no chance that we will hear Kobe ask for a trade again any time soon. This young, talented team is exactly what he wanted. They are impressionable enough that he will still be the leader, but he trusts them enough to not have to take every shot. This is the team that could challenge the Spurs for Western dominance.

The Cleveland Cavaliers should be removed already from any discussion of potential Eastern Conference championship teams. They have done nothing this season other than take enormous steps backwards. However, Lebron James has proven to me once again that he is a grown man and a force to be reckoned with.

If the Cavaliers had any other scoring threat, or if Drew Gooden could learn to catch the ball, they might be a good team again this year. People are making ht excuse that they are without one of their starters, Anderson Varejao. That is a moot point because he may be the most overrated player in the league. He doesn’t shoot well, pass well or play good defense and he isn’t as good a rebounder as people think he is. He brings nothing except energy and turnovers to the table. He is also now asking for something like $9 mil. a year. WHAT? He is lucky to not be playing in Spain. If he didn’t have Lebron clearing the lane out and dropping dimes to him, no one would know who he is.

Michael Redd is the player that the Cavs should have traded for a few years ago. His skill-set complements Lebron’s perfectly. Also, Lamar Odom would be a good fit for the Cavs as long as Daniel Gibson continues to improve. If Gibson becomes the outside threat he could be, Lebron will be O so thankful.

At the moment the Cavs really don’t have a deadly three-point shooter off the bench, and don’t talk to me about Damon Jones. He is still surviving on the season he had in Miami when Shaq and D-Wade were creating his shots for him. Now he is an aging, short swingman that can’t create his own open shots.

If the Cavs don’t improve this roster in the next two years, no one could blame Lebron from forcing a trade. If the Celtics can add great players, why can’t the Cavs. James is faced with an impossible task in trying to get this team deep into the playoffs. If they finish anything other than the seven or eight seed, give Lebron the MVP trophy immediately. At the moment he is the basketball version of Benny “the jet” Rodriguez, doing great playing with a bunch of rejects and fat kids.