So, by this logic, the West will shape out like this:that's why i said "when healthy"
also if gasol is soft, bynum will be psychologically fucked with. that kid has been through more trauma then a little boy walking in on his mom with his uncle.
also you just made the case for manu being more dangerous if he comes off the bench, his minutes wont be in sync with anyone. and all theo ratliff has to do is body up bynum, theo is still a big body and space eater despite giving up a few inches to bynum.
and this upcoming year, kobe should be even more tired as his competition will be way harder. he's not going to get easy ass bs utah in r1 again. and let's not get started on if they have to face blazers before getting to the spurs.
healthy spurs will win on top imo
So we should be worried about the Blazers.... but the Spurs get past the Mavs easily? The Mavs are a way harder matchup then the Blazers are. Plus, Kobe wont be as tired as you think. He had said to only be getting about 3 hours a sleep on those games when it was every other day. With the help hes got now, he can afford to take a few plays off. Ratliff wont be able to contain Bynum. Trauma or not he came back the first time improved from the knee injury. He was still solid when he came back the last few games, but was not there mentally in the playoffs. Its expected, hes only 21. Hes gonna come back this year looking to knock some people around. If it takes some time, we still have Odom to slide in making the Lakers easily one of if not the best starting 5 in the league. Plus, Utah was still not an easy team to play rd 1. The Lakers just made it look easy