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Today we tackle the last two Western Conference divisions: the Pacific and the Southwest. As usual, the teams are listed in order of last year’s final regular division standings.
Los Angeles Lakers
Last year: 65-17, league champs
One champion plus
one Ron Artest equals one
repeat — but of what?
Last year: 46-36, missed playoffs
Nash plays soccer, Frye
blogs: Suns have fun off-court but
want more on-court time.
Golden State Warriors
Last year: 29-53, missed playoffs
Stephen Jackson wants
new team, to fight Kobe (or
not). Fans want quiet.
Los Angeles Clippers
Last year: 19-63, missed playoffs
Clips may finally
have that Amazin’ season:
could just be Griffin.
Last year: 17-65, missed playoffs
cise ball fells starting forward
Kings already doomed?
San Antonio Spurs
Last year: 54-28, lost in first round of playoffs
Spurs healthy this year
but will it last? Old knees, backs
may need boost from Blair.
Last year: 53-29, lost in second round of playoffs
Old center: 7′
6″. New center: 6’6″. Will
small box mean good things?
Last year: 50-32, lost in second round of playoffs
Can aging Mavs reach
50 wins for 10th straight year?
Yes. Champs? Not so much.
New Orleans Hornets
Last year: 49-33, lost in first round of playoffs
I’m sorry, I know
Hornets are more than Chris Paul
but I do not care.
Last year: 24-58, missed playoffs
Who’s getting the ball:
AI, Randolph, Mayo, Gay?
Poor, poor Mike Conley.
Thanks for indulging my taste for short form poetry. Feel free to try your own in the comments!