After revamping their roster over the past few months, the Lakers are expected to be one of the better teams in the NBA this season. They have added a true point guard who knows how to win in veteran Steve Nash. With Dwight Howard, they get what most feel will be an upgrade over Andrew Bynum, who had a tendency to throw in the towel when things weren’t going his way. Metta World Peace expects L.A. to be even better than we think.
“We definitely want to beat the Bulls record and go 73-9, that’s definitely something that I want to do,” World Peace said during an interview with ESPN L.A.’s Max and Marcellus (via Sports Radio Interviews). “Whoever is out there at the beginning of the season then we gotta get it. It’s as simple as that. We just have to go get it.
“No question (we’re thinking about it). You try to snatch records before you leave this earth. You gotta try to do a lot of great things so it’s definitely a goal. With Dwight Howard, Nash, Kobe (Bryant), myself, Pau (Gasol) and then (Antawn) Jamison and a lot of great additions, it’s something that’s possible.”
I disagree. Steve Nash will turn 39 during the upcoming season. Kobe Bryant will be 34. World Peace and Pau Gasol are both 32. The Lakers roster is filled with experience and Hall of Fame potential, but it is not loaded with youth. Older players need rest, and Mike Brown will be far more focused on preserving the health of his guys than some regular-season record. You can’t fault World Peace for aiming high, but it ain’t happening.
H/T Ball Don’t Lie
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