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Jerry West thinks Lakers’ days are numbered; Celtics may be best this year

Jan 21, 2011, 10:22 PM EDT

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Do you have any idea how much it pains Jerry West to say the Celtics are the best team in the NBA? To say that the Lakers’ window is closing because they are getting old?

But West is nothing if not a straight shooter, and it was that speaking to the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association, as reported by the Orange County Register.

So when one of the dealers asked West who would win the NBA title this year, he told it as he saw it.

“I think Boston is a very dangerous team,” he said of the Celtics. “I would not want to play them every other night.”

As for the current Lakers, they are in the mix, too. For now.

“I don’t think the Lakers will be good for much longer, ” he said.

“You can keep a car running for a long time by changing the tires, etc. You can’t change a player’s tires.”

West said many of the Lakers’ current players are “getting long in the tooth.”

“If there’s a loose ball now, how often do they get it?” West pointed out to the crowd, which was relishing the sports talk.

  1. zackd2 - Jan 22, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    “If there’s a loose ball now, how often do they get it?”
    -Enough times to be 32-13

  2. frankvzappa - Jan 22, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    the celtics have been the best team for the last 3 years, but just crippled by key injuries…with KG two years ago and Perkins last year, the celtics would be three time defending champs

    • ljp305 - Jan 22, 2011 at 3:53 PM

      Sir, NBA Rules neither award point nor determine champions based on “what if” scenarios of either competitor. Otherwise even you must accept plausibility of the argument that the Laker were the best team three years ago (and the Lakers would have had their 3-peat) but for Bynum’s injury. Or, would you accept that the Lakers were better in 1984 but for Game 2 of the NBA Finals? In that game, the Lakers led 113–111 with 18 seconds left and Gerald Henderson stole a James Worthy inbound pass to score a game tying layup and the Celtics eventually prevailed in overtime 124–121. If Worthy makes a better inbound pass, say to B Scott who had a possible break-away opportunity toward the front court rather than passing into the back court which enabled the Henderson steal, the Lakers go up 2-0 for the series after the first two games in Boston. What if there was no NBA “junior eligible” rule that existed in 1978 which allowed a collegiate player (Larry Bird) to be drafted when the player’s original “entering” class was graduating and giving the drafting team (Boston in this case) one calendar year to sign the player, even if they went back to college as Larry Bird did? And what if the St. Louis Hawks didn’t trade Bill Russell to Boston for Cliff Hagan and Ed Macauley in 1956? I could offer more what ifs, but I also heard that someone smart said “if frogs had wings, they wouldn’t bump their rear ends when they jump”. Your arguments about “KG two years ago and Perkins last year” have as much weight and validity as me saying I won the lottery but for changes in 1 or 2 numbers.

    • raiderdave - Jan 22, 2011 at 4:08 PM

      Woulda, coulda, shoulda. Key injuries happen to teams each and every year in every sport. It’s the teams that make moves and rally around them that succeed and become champions. Andrew Bynum has had a major injury in each of the last three years, and Kobe has severe knee and finger injuries, but they have found a way to come out on top. While the Celtics are a very good team, they aren’t deep enough to deal with major injuries to key players.

    • zackd2 - Jan 22, 2011 at 4:22 PM

      Fact: Celtics are the only team to have injuries, ever.

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