Despite being 0-6, the Lakers are still the favorites to win the Western Conference according to the NBA GM survey. The survey was recently conducted with all 30 general managers in the NBA to talk about the outcome of the upcoming season. Included were topics about who were the best players in the league at every position, the rookies and the ultimate outcome at season’s end. 60 percent surveyed claimed the Lakers would be the #1 team in the west, with OKC in second place.
According to the poll, Kobe and Dwight both got recognition. With 66.7 percent of votes, Kobe Bryant was the best shooting guard in the NBA while Dwyane Wade came in second place. Howard was dubbed the league’s best center, cinching almost all of the votes. He scored 93.3 percent of voters, while Bynum was second place.
Fans in L.A. were excited to get a taste of Dwight Howard last night, and in the spirit of the momentous occasion, LN has clipped together Bryant’s first lob pass to Dwight in this video. Check out the moment many of you had been waiting for.
If you haven’t heard, the Lakers have cut two more players from their roster, Greg Somogyi and Chris Douglas- Roberts. This news comes after the cutting of Reeves Nelson and Ronnie Aguilar this past weekend. The roster remains at 16.
Lakers Nation brings you yet another fabulous computer desktop wallpaper. With the start of Howard last night, let’s celebrate this center’s return to the court with a Lakers center celebration desktop image featuring Howard himself and former Laker greats.
Lakers Nation News
Forward Jordan Hill (Back) Remains Sidelined [Lakers Blog]
Lakers Prank Dwight Howard [Inside the Lakers]
Lakers’ Success Aside, Blake is Making a World of Difference [OC Register]
Dwight Howard Makes His Debut, Lakers Still Lose [Forum Blue and Gold]
Kobe Bryant leads a shaky shooting guard rotation [Silver Screen and Roll]
Dwight Howard: ‘Happy to be Playing Basketball’ [Lakers Blog]
Will Dwight Howard Stay with Lakers After Season? Yes. Probably. [ProBasketballTalk]
The Other Kobe-LeBron Debate [Forum Blue and Gold]
Ebanks Shines in Another Lakers Loss [Purple and Gold Blog]
Howard Gets Warm Welcome in Lakers Debut [OC Register]
Lakers’ Cashflow is Mind-Boggling [CBS Sports]
NBA GMs: Heat Favorite to Win NBA Championship, Lakers Second [SB Nation]
Kings vs. Lakers Highlights: T-Rob Smashes Dwight [Silver Screen and Roll]
Dwight Howard Looks Great in Lakers Debut [Ball Don’t Lie]
Rapid Reaction: Kings 99, Lakers 92 [Lakers Report]
Lakers’ Jim Buss Isn’t Who You Think He Is [OC Register]
Robert Sacre Gets Up Close with Stanley Cup [Lakers Blog]
World Peace Eats from Stanley Cup [Hoops World]
Metta World Peace has finger injury, Steve Nash turns ankle [Inside the Lakers]
Metta World Peace Injured [Silver Screen and Roll]
NBA GM League Survery [Denver Stiffs]
Deron Williams May Play Nets/Knicks Season Opener with Betty White Tattoo for Charity [Ball Don’t Lie]
Ray Allen Gives Backstory on Feud with Rajon Rondo [ProBasketballTalk]
Jeff Van Gundy: NBA Blocked Stan from ESPN [Hoops World]
Roy Hibbert and Area 55 Deliver with Gangnam Style Flash Mob [Indy Cornrows]
Gregg Popovich Says LeBron has Been Able to Tune Out Critics [ProBasketballTalk]
HoopIdea Guide to Flops [Hoop Idea]
HoopIdea Guide to Flops: Fan Faves [Hoop Idea]
The NBA Creates a ‘Reggie Miller Rule’ [Ball Don’t Lie]
Video: James Harden and Tony Parker Surprise Kids at a Pickup Game [ProBasketballTalk]
Kevin Durant to Make Leap as Playmaker? [Hoops World]
James Harden’s hairy situation [ESPN]
NBA Season Preview: San Antonio Spurs [ProBasketballTalk]
2012 NBA Blog Previews: Dallas Mavericks [Mavs Moneyball]