Roger L. Simon

Lakers back! (be careful what you wish for)

My sympathies go out to frequent commenter and Houston fan David Thomson – it’s NBA season time again and things are looking might good for the Los Angeles Lakers. As Mike Bresnahan reports in the LAT: “Kobe Bryant says he feels better than ever. Just what the rest of the NBA wanted to hear.”

Bryant seems to have gotten about six weeks rest for the first time in a decade and has come back refreshed to join his partner in crime Pau Gasol, fresh off the European championship. And the Lakers now have Ron Artest into the bargain. Scary. You’re not going to make a lot of money in Vegas betting on the Lakers… Still, be careful what you wish for, as the saying goes. It wasn’t too many seasons ago the Purple & Gold had Karl Malone, Gary Payton, Shaq and Kobe all on one team and imploded. But I’m not banking on it. I’m looking forward to the season. We all need at least a few hours of distraction with this looming.