Chances For A Lakers’ Three-Peat & The Top NBA News

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Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (R) holds the MVP trophy as Derek Fisher holds the Larry O'Brien championship trophy after the Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals basketball series in Los Angeles, California June 17, 2010.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

The Los Angeles Lakers have just won their second straight NBA Championship, and are looking for a “three-peat” next season.  The Lakers have added valuable pieces to the team, and a third straight title looks very likely.  A recent poll showed that 96.15% of Laker fans are confident that their team will win it all next season.  The number may be high, but Laker fans have a reason to be optimistic.  A newly revived bench and a new hunger to win, give us fans something to feel good about. So Lakers Nation, how confident are you in the Lakers’ ability to “three-peat?”

Laker fans are very confident in their team next season: LA Times

POLL: LA Times

The Latest on the Lakers

Andrew Bynum delayed his knee surgery so he could travel to South Africa and watch the World Cup.  Yes, Bynum had fun during the summer, but the delay of the surgery is back firing.  The Lakers announced that Andrew Bynum will miss training camp and perhaps part of the pre season, due to therapy on his right knee.  Bynum will start another season banged up and he may take some time getting back in shape for the season. [ESPN Los Angeles]

NBA TV will air the start of the Lakers’ 2010-2011 training camp.  The event will take place on Monday, Sept. 27 at 5:00 p.m. EST. []

The Lakers are suffering because of Andrew Bynum’s decision to delay his knee surgery. If Bynum had decided not to go to South Africa, he would have been 100 percent ready and would have participated in training camp. [OC Register]

Former Laker trainer Frank O’Neill died on Tuesday due to congestive heart failure; O’Neill was 81 years old. [Yahoo! Sports]

Kobe Bryant has the top-selling jersey in China.  LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) round out the top three. [Slam Mag]

From now on anyone who attends a Laker (or Clipper) game at Staples Center, will see a newly re-designed scoreboard. []

Steve Blake was not a marquee name entering free agency, but he will no doubt help the Lakers this season.  He is a proven point guard, who can lead a team and knock down big shots. []

The Latest on the NBA

Does Josh Smith have a chance in taking away Dwight Howard’s Defensive Player of the Year crown?  Both players can block shots and make tremendous plays, but can Superman be beat? [Dime Magazine]

The Philadelphia 76ers have traded Willie Green and Jason Smith to the New Orleans Hornets for Craig Brackins and Darius Songaila. []

Dwight Howard is not going to give the Miami Heat any credit.  “They [Heat] haven’t played a game yet so what makes them champions?” Said Dwight Howard. [Sporting News]

David Stern had a talk with the Washington Wizards and Gilbert Arenas, and he gave both parties some advice. []

Let’s take a look back at the evolution of the NBA Jersey. [Dime Magazine]

Number 27 in Dime Magazine’s list of Top NBA Go-To-Players is…[Dime Magazine]

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