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we keep saying either we get a quality big a a good pg, or get cp3 and either one of those makes us contenders. i dont know about that....NOT because we're not immensely talented, but because teams out there are or will be just as much if not more.
lets take some of the best teams out there it one be one
MIA - already have 3 stars (yes ru paul is a star, sadly) and will have the same financial capabilities as us after we sign our 3rd max or a quality big and quality pg. they'll have played together longer, plus south beach isnt too bad local either
CHI - just as much as people say 'oh veteran's will be willing to take less and come to play with stat and melo', CHI is probably even in a better position to stake that claim. they have a mvp ,a great defensive coach, and players that truly bought into the team and unselfishness concept
OKC - they have their roster set for the next 5 years and depth
MEM - young, under contract (gasol most likely resigns), will have rudy gay back
LAL - still very talented and big, still have kobe
DAL - yes they are aging but they are freakin deep and dirks game is not athletic, so they def will be there in the next couple of years.
Anyone feel free to add/debate these. My point is this, im all about being excited about the fact that now we'll be able to compete, we'll be a top 4/5 seed most likely. But honestly it will be brutally tough even to make it to the finals and winning it even tougher. The playoff teams, usually the top 12 record wise are loaded with talent.
but we'll def have some good battles in the upcoming years tho i guess i can look forward to that.