I can just remember when we couldn't get a dunk in our series with Phoenix two years ago. That first dunk came on the third game played in Los Angeles. And then we ultimately lost that series in 5 games.
My, how things change.
This has been the best Lakers that I have seen with the most fist-pumps, most awe-struck fans going oohh and ahh, and the most fun they have had in the playoffs in a long while.
This is a Laker team that boasts a myriad of talent, unbeknownst to opponents where that nightly threat will kill them and in what category. Simply put, a pick-your-poison type of team.
You can't double anybody because everybody is that good and so deep into the offense that no one is really just another player to fill the five man rotation. Unlike what the Lakers had the years before (see Parker, Smush and Brown, Kwame), this team is deadly at all corners of the court.
What makes them even more dangerous is that new found trust they have with each other and that everybody is accountable at all costs. And this attitude has led them to the best record in the mighty West and had teams scrambling before the trade deadline just to matchup with the Laker juggernaut.
These Lakers can now challenge for a title because, led by MVP Kobe Bryant, are not looking into the past. Everything they seem to do has been forward and advancing, not to mention successful. When the season began, they started from scratch, after the tirade that their star player went through. Good thing about this team is that they shared the fire that their leader had in winning. And it has shown all season long.
The Lakers didn't just improve themselves, they destroyed the landscape of the NBA. You ask....