So far in this 2010 NBA season, there are three undefeated teams. The Lakers, Hornets, and the Hawks. Kobe is playing in midseason form, and his age, nevertheless his knee problems, would never be apparent to someone watching. On the flipside, there are the Hornets. Led by Chris Paul and a slew of new players, they have looked pretty good so far in this young season. But if you watch the Hornets, one thing will stand out to you. Chemistry. The way the Hornets have played together so far this season would have you thinking these guys have been playing with each other forever. When Chris Paul drives, he knows where to go with the ball, and his teammates know where he wants to go with the ball. This understanding has really helped the Hornets get off to a quick start.
With the Lakers, their offense has looked the best it has in a while, and with Kobe playing up to his MVP potential (and he insists that he’s not fully healty yet), the Lakers look to build on what they have going, and attempt a 3-peat, which would put that group of players up with some pretty impressive company (The Bulls twice in the 80s, and the Celtics 8-Peat in the 60s, which probably will never be touched. Also, the Lakers have done it before, although it was when the Lakers were in Minneapolis, back in 1952-54). So with so many positives on their side, are the Hornets even worthy to be in this discussion?
Honestly, the answer is yes, which may surprise a lot of people. The way the Hornets are built, they can be a streaky team, which can cause problems if they reach the postseason, and I don’t see why they wouldn’t. With players like Chris Paul: a proven all-star, Trevor Ariza: a key players in the Lakers championship run 2 years ago, David West: Proved how valuable he is after Paul went down with an injury last year, and Peja Stojakavic: a sharpshooter and when he gets hot, his team gets hot.
Do both of these teams really belong in NBA Title talk? Sure they do. Although I think that the Hornets will go in as more of a dark horse, but a contender nevertheless.
Written by: Jackson Fust