Originally Posted by plutoblue11
I would say maybe with on the surface, but take a look who those Showtime teams beat in the Finals (or played against).
The Lakers never really played any team, like the 80-83 76ers, 81-87 Celtics, 87-90 Pistons, or 86 Rockets. The same thing with San Antonio.
Another thing with the Lakers, their rosters were always stacked.
The thing with Shaq and Kobe, they had enough overwhelming talent to beat most teams in the modern NBA. Just take at team like the 03-04 Pistons and look how effective they were against the Lakers. Even though people questioned the Lakers effort and heart in that series, the Pistons still did everything right to slow the Lakers down. That Detroit squad was built, like an 80s team with slightly less stars on.
Other teams that gave the Lakers trouble - the Kings, the Trailblazers, and Spurs, all in odd years. All those teams had good depth.
Now, you take a team with good depth and put some of the best players in history on their team.
I agree with most of what u said but i think the kobe/shaq lakers is the closest thing we have seen to having a dream/mj team. while depth is important, sometimes sheer talent just overwhelms all competition. The detroit series was more of the lakers beating themselves. Shaq had his primadonna issues as well as kobe and he was already shopping for kobe's replacement (going to lebron high school games and scouting dwade).
i hated that lakers team with a passion but (aside from webber/adelman's kings) they really couldnt be beat by anyone.