NBA First Quarter Report: The Lakers and the Best of the Rest

Posted: 16th December 2009 by Dan Smith in NBA
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The Los Angeles Lakers are right on track. They kept Lamar Odom and upgraded from Trevor Ariza to Ron Artest in the offseason. Meanwhile,á Kobe Bryant is still the leader of this team on the court and Phil Jackson isápushing all of the right buttons as the coach. Andrew Bynum has not been hurt yet, but Kobe does have a broken finger. And while the Lakers have not played a lot of road games yet, there are only a few negatives so far in what has been a dominant first quarter of the season. Only the Lakers can stop the Lakers this season. The Nuggets, Suns, andáMavericks round out the top four in the West. The Spurs have struggled with their rotation and are the eighth place team, a half game ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder, led by Kevin Durant. The intrigue in the West might be in who ...

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