The landscape of the NBA was shaken up this summer when the Los Angeles Lakers went out and traded for Steve Nash and Dwight Howard making themselves legitimate title contenders over night.
It’s even got some Miami Heat players saying some interesting things. Chris Bosh said on a radio interview that he thinks the Lakers have the “best team on paper” now, even better than the Heat. He then said that the Heat need to “start over” to defend their title.
The Lakers do have an impressive team on paper now with a starting five that includes Nash, Howard, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. But you’d still think the defending champions would say they have the best team.
Bosh is a weird guy though so it’s not a total surprise a comment like this is coming from him. If it was Dwyane Wade speaking, you could expect him to say something like, “We are the champions. We’re the best until someone beats us.”
Kevin Durant and James Harden were asked about the Lakers when they appeared on the Jimmy Fallon Show and they replied with silence at first and then finally Durant added coldly, “Good for them.”
Everyone will be gunning for the Lakers and their new All-Star team next season. That means a lot of the pressure is now off the Heat. That will be a good thing for them but winning two straight titles is no small task either.
The Lakers may not be playing with their “best team on paper” lineup at the start of the season either. Howard is still recovering from back surgery and may not be ready until January.