Posted by on Jun 22, 2013 in Dwight Howard, Jim Buss, Kobe Bryant, Mike D'Antoni, Mitch Kupchak, Phil Jackson, Podcast |

p>The 2012-2013 season, she is now officially 24 hours in the books… meaning we should waste no time in analyzing the 2013-2014 season! We take a look at what just went down, what lies ahead, and where the Lakers fit in. Among the talking points:

  • , the Miami Heat successfully defended their title and LeBron James led the charge in spectacular fashion. (37 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, dagger J with under a minute remaining.) Does back-to-back titles mean the Heat roster, periodically vulnerable throughout the postseason, will require no tweaks for a Threepeat? Will LBJ”s now-iconic Game 6 and 7 showings silence once and for all those still questioning whether he”s “clutch?”
  • Was this the last realistic shot at a championship for the Duncan/Parker/Pop-era Spurs?
  • Vegas has the Heat as a 2-1 favorite to win the 2014 title, with the Lakers at 22-1, and squads like the Pacers, Clippers and Rockets in between. Sound about right, degenerate gamblers?
  • Phil Jackson is serving as a quasi-consultant of sorts for the Lakers? Can he and Jim Buss maintain a copacetic relationship? Is The Zen Master actually ideal for such a role?

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