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Monday, August 26th, 2013 at 10:20 am  |  32 responses

Jordan Hill Says Lakers Can Be a Top-Three Team in the Western Conference


Kobe Bryant isn’t the only Los Angeles Laker who thinks the team will be a lot better than the so-called experts predict. Teammate Jordan Hill says the Lakers, despite losing out on free agent center Dwight Howard, can still be an elite team in the brutally tough West next season. Per the LA Daily News: “Kobe Bryant immediately bristled at it. Nick Young found the evaluation ‘disrespectful.’ Considering the Lakers still boast Bryant, Pau Gasol and Steve Nash, Lakers forward Jordan Hill also said he was ‘shocked’ and ‘couldn’t believe it’ when the ranking released. What else do you expect a team to say that’s used to winning championships? Well for Hill, that’s proclaiming something that falls short of championship aspirations but still above the general public’s expectations. ‘We definitely could be in the top three in the West,’ Hill recently said in a phone interview. ‘I don’t see why not. Kobe is making progress with his rehab [surrounding his left Achilles tendon]. I wouldn’t be surprised if he comes back at the beginning of the season or in training camp. I don’t know if he will. But I wouldn’t be surprised. I have faith in everything he can do. I believe in the Mamba. The sky’s the limit for him.’ [...] ‘It’s going to be tough, I’m not sure,’ Hill said. ‘We don’t know when Kobe is going to come back. But I’m confident we can make some noise. We still have so many good pieces with Kobe, Pau, Nash, Kaman, a lot of good bench pieces. We can surprise some people and make some noise.’”

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  • Max

    lmao.

  • Smits#45

    I do think the Lakers can do better than last year. If Bryant can be the player he was before the injury and he, Gasol and Nash find their chemistry I really think they can but top three is just bullshit.

  • LLC#12

    Gotta like his confidence, hope he can stay healthy for the year. They can certainly be better than they were last year, if everyone can stay healthy. Pau/Kobe/Nash is still a decent core to have. Doesn’t seem too long ago that Nash was in conversations about being one of the NBA’s best pg, now he’s not even close just a few seasons later. Rapid decline.

  • Caboose

    Are there any defenders ANYWHERE on the Lakers’ roster? No, Jordan Hill doesn’t count.

  • spit hot fiyah

    HAHAHAAHA my jokes are so funny

  • shockexchange

    So Jordan Hill has a backbone huh? SE’s question is, “When LA underachieves again, who is going to be held accountable?” LA’s typical posture is when they lose, somebody gets traded or thrown under the bus. When they win, “Look what Horry Jr did son.”

  • Chris Callihan

    lol

  • Bobby Bittman (How are ya?)

    And the Cleveland Browns can win the Super Bowl.

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Jordan Hill has been hanging out with Lamar Odom huh?

  • Conor

    If he’s Horry Jr., you’re Rafael Araujo Jr..

  • hambone

    drug test coming your way

  • danpowers

    i would co-signt that if steve nash wouldnt turn 40 this season

  • shockexchange

    And after another vicious attack against his person, the Shock Exchange stands corrected. When LA underachieves, Horry Jr won’t position himself so that someone else takes the fall. Thanks for clearing that up.

  • LakeShow

    Offensively? Yeah….

    Jordan is the only above average defender on the team anymore now, with MWP and Dwight gone..

  • patrick

    Lol no way..I bet the while Kobe is on the Lakers they will never make the Western Conference Finals again

  • MUBWAR

    the worst pick in raptors history.

  • Junkie

    Dude… He’s almost 40 and before last season he averaged a double double still…

  • Najee Fareed

    he is 100 and ten percent right

  • Najee Fareed

    stupid… just stupid

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  • Interdico Scriptor

    lol

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Can u go a post about the LAL w/out that Horry Jn bs?

  • Interdico Scriptor

    What about Nash? Talk about Nash? Former dual MVP? What upside is there there? Nash and Gasol could be picture perfect, for real in the P/R game. Is it just me imagining a triangle O run through Kobe and those guys in LAL land this season? If the rest of the back-court can run the O via someone who knows the system (which it does in Vujacek/Farmar) well I can see Da Antoni’s technique might actually work better than it did last year…
    there i said it

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Okay, u said it first but I still say it. LAL can be better.

  • LakeShow

    No upside career wise, but there is upside from last season. He has very little wear from last season. He had his most relaxing season in decades. So I expect him to play 30mpg and play 70 games to be honest.

    I think he’ll be in the 8-9 assist area and he will enjoy the young guys and shooters and more willing big men he has around him this year.

    Another thing… As beautiful as Nash+Gasol could be in the p’n'r… I actually am more excited for seeing Nash run a more PHX in the 07 era offense. Farmar/Young/Meeks/Johnson/Hill can all run and jump. They could be incredibly exciting as a 2nd unit this year.

    Gasol should have the offense ran through him on the block imo. He is such a great and willing passer he just needs to be given the ball in the right spot and let him go to work offensively with the shooters all around him.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    rest last season really means absolutely nothing when you are 40 years old. The reason he had his most “relaxing” season is because he couldn’t stay healthy. Little reason to believe that changed. I seriously don’t understand your optimism that Nash is at all going to reflect the guy he was in Phoenix.

  • LakeShow

    Dude I f*cking watched the season…I know, go away.

    He’s a phenomenal athlete conditioning wise and he’s averaged 30mpg during his career, so he has comparable mileage or less than Kobe, KG, Paul Pierce…. etc. (right? I didn’t actually check)

    There is a chance he puts up close to a 10-10 on 50-40-90. That’s not out of this realm of possibility. I don’t know why you think he has no chance. But I don’t care.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    “He’s a phenomenal athlete conditioning wise and he’s averaged 30mpg during his career, so he has comparable mileage or less than Kobe, KG, Paul Pierce…. etc. (right? I didn’t actually check)”

    - None of those guys have a bad back…..Nash does have to lay down on the floor instead of sit on the bench for a reason. His back tightens up almost immediately. He was so healthy in Phoenix because of how much work the medical staff did to keep him that way. That medical staff being the best in professional sports.

    You obviously care too much. You care so much that you don’t want to hear anyone else’s opinion. It’s like telling a 6 year old Santa Clause doesn’t exist.

  • LakeShow

    Someone still has to give the kiddo’s presents.

    Nash might not be Ole Saint Nick, but he’s still one of the best present deliverer’s.

    Steve Blake, Jordan Farmar, and Kobe will be giving Nash plenty of rest. I’m sure that Nash know’s what the phx medical staff did to him and is having the Lakers staff do the same.

    I just want to say, I would much prefer to live in a world of hopeful expectations rather than analyzing everyone’s syntax and pessimistically looking upon each situation, but as always, do you man.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it’s not pessimistic to stay Steve Nash is not going to be what he was 6 years ago.

    .

    “I actually am more excited for seeing Nash run a more PHX in the 07 era offense”

    - That is not hopeful expectations. That is unrealistic expectations. If me looking at things from a realistic perspective is “analyzing everyone’s syntax – (a word i’m not sure you know the definition of, considering it’s only related to sentence structure) and pessimistically looking up each situation” then sure. That’s what I do.

  • LakeShow

    You’re right.

  • Derek Cooper

    Eh maybe if they pick up odom cheap and help him off the drug habit+he can be productive and if they have exceptionaly good health and chemistry__then they could suprise us __quite a long shot….would be fun to see lakers +lamar make up though___no offense to their current coach but id give them better odds with phil jackson too.

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