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James Worthy says Heat still have advantage over Lakers

Sep 24, 2012, 7:04 PM EDT

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There is a segment of the Lakers nation out there that seems think they have Oklahoma City in the bag. Not a problem. Even though the Thunder took the Lakers out in five games last year (don’t get me started on the L.A. convinced they should have won that series). The Lakers have upgraded and those fans are now looking past an improved Thunder team to the Heat.

Where they may not have an advantage either.

Don’t take my word for it, take the word of James Worthy, Lakers legend and studio analyst for the team on their new Time Warner Cable SportsNet network (speaking to the Los Angeles Times, hat tip to SLAM).

I would have to say Miami still has a little edge simply because they won last year. It will be so much easier for them to win again because they know how to do it. With them adding Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis, they have tremendous scorers and three-point shooters off the bench. Then they also have the greatest player in the game with LeBron James. I give them the edge because they’re defending champions.

Okay, how about the Thunder vs. Lakers, Big Game James?

Oklahoma City is younger. But with Dwight in at the same time with Pau, with Steve Nash, that makes a big difference. Last year, Ramon Sessions was young. Before Howard, the Lakers were second or third in the West. But with getting a 38-year-old point guard that still has some left and bringing in a franchise player, that puts them right back at the top. I don’t think too many people will bet against the Lakers against anybody in the West, assuming they’re a healthy team. But they still have to make it happen.

The Thunder are going to be better, too. Because they are young and still improving, because they have the experience of having been to the finals and lost (that made Kevin Durant more hungry). The matchup challenges go both ways — Steve Nash can’t handle Russell Westbrook (and Kobe can’t be on Westbrook when James Harden is on the floor). Kendrick Perkins will go after Dwight Howard. OKC will struggle to stop Kobe Bryant, because everybody struggles to stop Kobe Bryant.

It’s fair to say that the Lakers, Thunder and Heat are the three best teams in the league heading into the season. I can grant you that. From there it’s a coin toss, at least right now. Saying one has an advantage over another before training camp opens is premature, to say the least. It will be premature until around the All-Star break, when the Lakers have had time to come together and we see how the Heat and Thunder are playing.

Until then it’s a fun barstool argument. Nothing more. No matter who is making the observations.

  1. paulhargis53 - Sep 24, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Kurt: Prepare for a deluge of Lakers fans getting on you and calling you a “hater”.

    The drivel spewed forth should be good for some comedy…

    • 00maltliquor - Sep 24, 2012 at 8:05 PM

      Kurt’s actually 100% right, imho…don’t know what your’re talking about.

      • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Sep 25, 2012 at 10:14 AM

        Same here. I don’t see anything wrong with what Worthy is trying to say. O.o

    • bozosforall - Sep 24, 2012 at 10:59 PM

      As opposed to the kind of spew that pudhummer53 is used to getting from his fellow loser Puh C fans.

  2. 00maltliquor - Sep 24, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Big Game James just deflecting some of the attention away from the Lakeshow so they won’t have as big a target on their back. It’s all psycology. Good job!

    Ahhh pauly….lol…this guy^! Up to his cute little antics again, it’s his schtick. PBT wouldn’t be the same without your Laker trolling ways, my friend. Always good for a laugh, keep up the good work, it’s adorable!

    • loungefly74 - Sep 24, 2012 at 11:49 PM

      thats right…EVERYBODY loves the thunder and the heat…let them. the pressure is on them. im okay with that. really, in the end, doesnt mean a thing though…its all talk…but its fun. im looking forward to a great fun year.

      hehe…yeah, trolls are funny. they are the comic-relief of the site.

      • progress2011 - Sep 25, 2012 at 1:28 AM

        Trolls VS some rott gutt-cheap maltliquor and fly larvae…..U’m rolling with the trolls !

        In one breath, Faker fans are staking claims, they are the favorite in the West. In the same confused breath, they want to claim they are the underdog….take more antidepressants !

        Somebody has gotta pour out that sour liquor and spray some pesticides to prevent the spread of the drunken and infected Faker fans.

      • 00maltliquor - Sep 25, 2012 at 3:01 AM

        Oh sh!t son!, progress, is that you? Maaan, it’s been a while my dude, where have you been hidding, underneath paulyh’s nutsacks? Good to see you’re still around! I missed you! Hey, Fakers…say, that’s pretty original, did you come up with that yourself? Man, that’s pretty clever. Go ahead and pat yourself on the vag’ for that.

        Hey, by the way, what you got against maltliquor? Can’t hang with the big boys? Gotta stick to your Mike’s Hard? Your Smirnoff? your Appletini’s? It’s all good broski, we cool! Don’t get too bent out of shape, don’t want your daddy Paul to the H to get mad at me for getting you in that position! Oh, uhh , wait (you got a little something on your chin there buddy)…yeh, yeah, you got it off.

        #neverdepressedbecauseimalakersokeepyourpillsyouneedthemmorethenidoyousorryexcuseforainternettroll

      • progress2011 - Sep 25, 2012 at 6:47 AM

        ahahahahaha…..pushed the right button that time!

        What a friggin retard ! ahahahaha

      • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Sep 25, 2012 at 10:10 AM

        Gazooks, progress. You’re really a character, I tell you.

        Fakers? LMAO! Really, it doesn’t compute. 16 vs 2… with those two not even a back-to-back.

        But ONE-HEAT WONDERS? LOL! That’s right between the eyes.

  3. anythingbutyanks - Sep 24, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    I really want to watch James driving the uncrowded lanes that he’ll be seeing with Allen and Lewis on the court and taking it to Howard over and over again. Really…just beat the stuffing out of Howard for at least one game.

    • bozosforall - Sep 24, 2012 at 11:01 PM

      James will be too busy abusing the old Boston Puh Cs during the regular season.

  4. miamatt - Sep 25, 2012 at 7:47 AM

    Yet another complete non-story. This is why they play the games.

    This season can’t possibly start soon enough.

  5. paulhargis53 - Sep 25, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    progress: They are, fish. in. a. barrel.

    They can’t help responding…..too funny.

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Sep 25, 2012 at 10:32 AM

      I don’t get it, paul. Your first post indicates that you’re expecting a lot of Laker fans go ballistic just because Worthy thinks that the Heat has the edge (although little, he claims) over the Lakers.

      Guess what? Many of us Laker fans do not have a reading disability as you anticipate that we will do some knee-jerk reaction without even reading or understand what Worthy was trying to say.

      And now, where’s that vitriol from Laker fans directed at Worthy? Nada. May-mee. Mei-yo. Nas-hi. Keiner. Wala.

      Why shouldn’t we respond in the first place? Who said anything that we think the Lakers are underdogs? Progress, dude, you put too much meaning in what the others wrote. Methinks you are one of them paul was referring to: reading disability. You know what that means? XP

      Simple really. OKC are WC Champs. Heat are the NBA Champs. They are SUPPOSED to be the teams to beat by default.

      • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Sep 25, 2012 at 11:05 AM

        edit: “And now, where’s that vitriol from Laker fans directed at KURT?”

    • progress2011 - Sep 26, 2012 at 12:32 AM

      Paul, you are correct….Ahahahah !

      It’s not even psych 101. More like psych for the mentally challenged.

      We can just say anthing to get the 50-60 faker fans to swarm. Ex: Those are some terrible, ugly mustard and girlie purple uniforms the over-rated, fakers wear. Plus the wanna-be like mike, ball-hog can’t walk on the same side of the street as M.J., let alone walk in his shoes.

      watch, how many thumbs down this draws…ahahahaha !!!

      • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Sep 26, 2012 at 12:25 PM

        Regress2011, you can’t even make a decent rebuttal on an argument slapped against your clearasil face. When faced with conflict that they can’t intelligently put up with, doofuses like you resort to ad hominems instead. You prolly haven’t even finished highschool, little boy. Don’t even try to pretend you’re aptly educated.Talk about mentally challenged… lol!

        Give me one franchise at least in the past 30 years that has been more consistently successful than the Lakers. You can’t say the Bulls. They were only SIGNIFICANTLY great for roughly a decade at the most. Spurs? Did they even get to defend their crown at least once? Celtics? Aside from Russell’s teams has the franchise defended any of their crowns?

        16 rings 32 Final appearances = overrated? ROFLMAO!!! Of course! You sure have a funny way of using the word “overrated.” Who is your teacher in vocabulary? Do you know what overrated means? What a pretender. You keep on using words you don’t even know what they truly mean. So freakin’ pathetic.

        If the Lakers are overrated what does that imply then to the rest of the teams?

        Try again little boy. Apparently you have been exposed to the kind of fake brain that you have …

        Some bottom feeder in a quagmire full of bovine fecal matter. LMFAO!!!

      • progress2011 - Sep 26, 2012 at 8:40 PM

        ahahahahaha….Paul, it’s too easy !!!

        Foul Dimwit has gone on a tangent…about his “overrated” FAKERS, in the plastic city, home of MC Hammer & them infamous baggy pants, MC Hammer and kobe fake wanna-be like MJ, Harlem Globetrotter.

        Aren’t Hammer and kobe cousins or something…or atleast like minded fashion-ista’s !

        Oldman bad knee’s kobe, Gandpa-bad back Nash and Wonder Woman bad back howard are gonna get RAN OUTTA THE GYM !!!!

        I can’t wait, til the season starts…so I can rub faker fans nose in the ‘ish, eeeryday ! About the “overrated” FAKERS ….FAKER !

  6. paulhargis53 - Sep 25, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    ok foul, maybe all the turd fans circled the bowl.

  7. paulhargis53 - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    I’m just elated that I chased that idiot lakerluver off of this site. There are a few others, but none in his league.

    Malt and loungefly are inept, but not in that other turds stratosphere.

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