Can the Los Angeles Lakers pull off the three-peat?

Over the last few years Los Angeles Lakers have been without a doubt the best team in the NBA. No matter who doubts this team year in and year out or what kind of struggles they may face throughout the NBA regular season, Kobe Bryant and company just seem to elevate their game at the right time every single year and make a charge in the playoffs in order to contend for yet another NBA title.

This season Phil Jackson and his squad came into the year with a target on their back once again as they had won two consecutive NBA titles and were favored to have a legitimate shot at winning their third in a row. This is obviously nothing new for Phil Jackson as he has won two three-peats with the Chicago Bulls back in the Michael Jordan era and one three-peat with the Los Angeles Lakers in the Shaq/Kobe era in th

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e City of Angels.

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With that being said, there is no head coach in the league today that is more prepared or experience when competing for an NBA title and a three-peat for that matter. There is no question that there has been plenty of bumps in the road this season as the Lakers have had their fair share of struggles. Not only have they been banged up with injuries as they normally are throughout the regular season as Andrew Bynum missed considerable time and the beginning of the year once again, but they’ve also hit some serious slumps during the year and at one point or thought to not have what it takes to compete for an NBA title.

Fortunately, as they seem to do every single season, the Lakers have hit that proverbial switch in which they just turned it onto another level entirely with the kind of championship swagger that had over the last couple years on the way to beating the Orlando Magic and the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals.

With three straight appearances in the NBA finals, the Los Angeles Lakers are no strangers to playoff time and knowing how to compete in order to beat the best of the best consistently. This year they might have their work cut out for them once again in the playoffs as they will have to almost certainly contend with the likes of one or more of the best teams in the Western Conference.

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Even though last season was no cakewalk for the Lakers as they do have to face a very good Oklahoma City Thunder squad and the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference Finals, this time around it will be even tougher in perhaps their toughest challenge of the last three

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years.

With the San Antonio Spurs playing out of their minds this season and teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Ma

vericks playing at an extremely high level, the two-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers will have their work cut out for them from start to finish the minute the playoffs begin.

Personally, I still believe that no team in the Western Conference can beat the Los Angeles Lakers in a seven-game series, but they will be truly tested this time around as they can’t afford any injuries and must play their best basketball every single game from here on out.

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Phil Jackson tells Andrew Bynum to take it easy

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The defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers came into their title defense season with high hopes of becoming champions once again, but playing in two consecutive NBA finals and more games than any other team in the past two years has really started take its toll on arguably the best team in the NBA.

It is no easy task to get through and 82 game regular season and then try and compete in the playoffs we have to play at least four games each round, but the Los Angeles Lakers have pulled it off pretty nicely up to this point and look like they have a legitimate shot of repeating as NBA champs.

The one big problem the Lakers have had this season has been constant injuries to some of their best players like Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. With these three guys been on the sidelines at separate times during the season the Lakers have had to adjust their rosters and act according as the season must move on the team must continue to win.

Obviously the biggest blow was will lose a player like Kobe Bryant who is arguably the best player in the league right, but ironically the team was able to play much better with Kobe on the sideline hasn’t motivated the team to try and counter those 27 points per game in defense of intensity that Kobe brings every night.

Over the past two seasons the one player that hasn’t been able to stay healthy consistently and is sorely missed when he is out is center Andrew Bynum. At one point in time this kid was the youngest player in the NBA and had a very promising future as he quite possibly could be the future of the Los Angeles Lakers franchise when Kobe Bryant decides to hang them up.

Unfortunately, Bynum just can’t stay healthy and has really hurt the Lakers especially heading into the playoffs as it seems the big kid always gets hurt when the postseason is about to start.

When the Los Angeles Lakers made all the way to the NBA finals in 2008, Andrew Bynum went down with a knee injury that kept him out the entire playoffs and finals which was a huge blow as the Lakers just couldn’t guard the Boston Celtics in the paint and really missed Bynum’s presence.

Last season Bynum went down with a similar knee injury around same time, but was able to get back in the mix for the playoffs and help the Lakers win an NBA title.

This season Bynum has once again gotten hurt and could come back before the end of the NBA regular season, but Phil Jackson has decided that maybe he should stay on the bench for little while longer as the Lakers really don’t need to risk is injury and games that really don’t make any difference as the Lakers aboard eclipse the number one spot in the Western Conference.

So despite being healthy enough to get back on the floor, Andrew Bynum and most likely rest until Lakers really need him when it counts the most.