Well, not exactly. Brian Kamenetzky from the ESPN Los Angeles “Land O’ Lakers” blog pulled a Forsberg and assembled their own panel of Laker experts. The question the Kamenetzky brother’s posed to the panel:
Which Eastern Conference team has the best chance to beat the Lakers in a seven-game series?
Boston: 9 votes
Miami: 3 votes
Orlando: 1 vote
Some interesting quotes from the panel:
“Maybe I’m just trying not to grant too much, too fast to the Heat, but the playoffs are about matchups, and Boston still lines up better against the Lakers.” – Brian Kamenetzky
“And with all sincere respect to the tough Finals Boston just provided, they’re looking old to me. Thus, I’ll take Orlando…” – Andy Kamenetzky
“Yes the Celtics have aged a year and adding the O’Neals [Jermaine and Shaquille] doesn’t make them any younger. But that team defines the term “tough out” and we all saw how hard the Celtics pushed the Lakers in last year’s Finals.” – Darius Soriano
“The biggest threat would be a healthy Celtics team.” – Kurt Helin
“Though the Celtics’ window of opportunity is closing, they still have the pieces to try to avenge the 2010 Finals loss.” – Mark Medina
“ Boston. The C’s were about a half a quarter away from beating L.A. to win the championship last June and added the O’Neals in Shaquille and Jermaine. They have the size, they have the experience and they have clutch guys in Paul Pierce and Ray Allen who can match Kobe Bryant shot for shot. Miami and Orlando would be formidable Finals foes as well, but Boston is better equipped to unseat the back-to-back champs.” – Dave McMenamin
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So there you have it. Not every Laker fan/blogger/appreciator is a troll on this blog saying something about how the Celtics suck. The bottom line is that the Finals next season will most likely be a rematch and it would be behoove all of us to respect the Lakers. Their fans-in-the-know certainly have their eye on the Cs.