Are The Los Angeles Lakers Really All That?

The Los Angeles Lakers finally got on the board last night with an easy win over the Detroit Pistons. After an offseason of hype, centered on the acquisitions of Steve Nash and Dwight Howard, then the belief of many that key rival Oklahoma City weakened themselves by trading James Harden, all was right in Lakerland. Until they had to play games and a 1-3 start has followed.

TheSportsNotebook isn’t going to overreact to what amounts to less than 5 percent of the regular season schedule, but we will take this opportunity to expand on what was written about the Lakers in last week’s Western Conference preview.