The [b]Los Angeles Lakers[/b] were beaten 96-80 by the Miami Heat on Christmas Day in front of a packed house at the Staples Center. The revamped Miami Heat crushed the reigning champions with a truly magnificent performance.
[b]LeBron James[/b], Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh marched up and down the floor and scored at will against the lethargic Lakers. There is no dressing up what happened in this one sided affair. The Lakers simply did not show up for one of the most important fixtures in the NBA schedule.
This humiliating defeat has left many people questioning the attitude of this superstar rotation. For the past decade this team has risen to the occasion when they needed to, and have six championships to prove it.
These days things are very different in Tinseltown. Team leader...
[b]The LA Lakers are the favourites from this division and can never be ruled out. Nick looks at the news affecting them and all the other teams in the Western Conference...[/b]
[b]NBA WESTERN CONFERENCE[/b]
The opening tip in the 2010/11 season is a few days away. Below is a preview of the teams in the Western Conference.
[b]Los Angeles Lakers[/b]
The defending champions have made very few changes to last year's rotation. The original starting five is back for another crack at the title. Matt Barnes and Theo Ratcliff were added to strengthen the bench.
The Lakers are still the team to beat in the Western Conference.
Current price to win the NBA championship 4.1
[b]Oklahoma City Thunder[/b]
This young team gave the Lakers all they could handle in the playoffs...