Jordan Hill Believes Lakers Could Be A Top Three Team In West Reviewed by Momizat on . The Los Angeles Lakers are entering the 2013-14 season with a much different perspective than last season. Of course, the goal will remain the same: to win. Aft The Los Angeles Lakers are entering the 2013-14 season with a much different perspective than last season. Of course, the goal will remain the same: to win. Aft Rating:
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Jordan Hill Believes Lakers Could Be A Top Three Team In West

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JordanHillThe Los Angeles Lakers are entering the 2013-14 season with a much different perspective than last season. Of course, the goal will remain the same: to win. After all, they are the Lakers and Kobe Bryant’s mentality will remain on that goal.

However, expectations surrounding this team are drastically lower, as the team is in a rebuilding process and are facing lingering questions that have yet to be answered.

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ESPN recently forecasted the Lakers to finish in the 12th position in the Western Conference, which players like Kobe Bryant found to be dismissive. Jordan Hill recently chimed in with his opinion on the matter in a phone interview with the L.A. Daily News’ Mark Medina. Hill seemed very optimistic, saying:

“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.”

When Medina asked him about the questions and challenges that exist for the Lakers, including Kobe’s return and unknown form, the need to fill the defensive void from the departures of Dwight Howard and Metta World Peace and the fact that the Western Conference is loaded, Hill replied:

“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.”

On paper, a top three seeding for the Lakers in the Western Conference isn’t realistic. This season will have its challenges for the Lakers. However, it is refreshing to see and hear the confidence Hill has in his team and in his teammates.

A lot is unknown with this Lakers team. Only time will tell as the season progresses just how much noise they can make.


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  • Jared

    Probably 4th at best (behind Spurs, Clips, OKC) or at least another seventh finish in West. It will be a tough match with Memphis, GSW, and Rockets for the fourth spot. Portland and Minnesota will fight for 8th spot. Denver and Dallas is not far behind. Phoenix and Utah will probably be lottery teams again. But, too early to say. It’s just fun predicting.

    • Derek Freeman

      Im sorry but spurs will be number 1 memphis will be number 2 golden state 3 clippers 4 OKC 5 if kobe is healthy lakers 6 houston rockets 7 dwight howard is over Rated and dallas mavricks in 8th spot

      • vdogg

        you were probably celebrating the spurs’ title in june, too. right towards the end of game 6… were you not? things don’t always go according to plan.

      • Jim213

        Spurs or OKC will likely be 1 seed but the Grizz have a new HC so best bet would be 4 or 5th seed.

      • Jared

        You don’t have to be sorry. ha. I would love to see Dallas in 8 or 7. Ellis and Nowitzki is gonna be offensive power. But that’s all they have. Health is the key factor for all teams. Minnesota lost Love. A healthy Steph Curry, Bogut, and D.Lee with the addition of Iggy will make noise in the West. Clips improved a little. They’ll be tough. OKC is a big question mark. Westbrook needs to be healthy, but also they never added much and they also lost K.Mart. It’s a tough conference! But I think with a healthy LAL (they were not healthy at all last year), they can finish at least 4th or end up like last year in 7th. They’ll make it to playoffs for sure.

  • Paytc

    And they could be number 1 too.It is far better to aim at the top and let your drive and determination have the final word.The year the 49ers won their 1st Super Bowl they were coming off a 2-14 year or somewhere in that range?Joe Montana was clearly an under dog that became an over achiever.That is the mark of greatness… Exceeding expectations not succumbing to them.
    Over coming great odds,that’s what the great individuals and great teams do.We have greatness on this team.I will ride with greatness all the way to the bank.

    As Les Brown’s teacher once told him…. “someone else’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality”

    Go Lakers !

  • Daryl Peek

    Respect needs to be the galvanizing calling card this season. Not for Kobe but the young vets like Farmar, Hill, Johnson & Young. They all have much to prove in this league and nothing could further that more than being the X-factors in making Hill’s words truth.

    Blake, Gasol, Kaman and Nash need to be fueled by redemption! They have all been written off the last couple of seasons. Kobe needs to be the gravy this year. Coming off this injury we cannot and should not expect Black Mamba meat and potatoes. Once chemistry gets us into serious contention as a team, I fully expect Kobe’s return to full health to be a playoff, MVP ascension theme…


    • tara myricks

      hi sweet heart lol.. so much swagger in your posts!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.lazaro123 Eddie Lazaro

    Positive mind leads to positive result. I am liking his mental approach to the season and his confidence with his team mates. It is a team effort and training camp can do that.

  • ra

    Yes, and we need Jordan Hill to make this happen. He has a great energy, and hopefully there will be no more injuries to hamper the upcoming season.

    • Daryl Peek

      J. Chill Hill = Kevin Love lite this season; 14 pts, 10 boards, 2 assist, 1 blk, on 48% FG & 34% 3pt.

      Wishful thinking but not impossible. *looking*

  • LAL918

    Even if all of them are healthy; realistically I can see them in the top 4, the Lakers probably taking the 4th seed. The Lakers for this year may have low expectations but if they can prove everyone wrong; ESPECIALLY BSPN (Bullshit Sports Network), then they can shut their critics up.

  • Jim213

    Possible if KB24 returns back healthy and everyone manages to stay injury free thus increasing the odds of better chemistry. Still waiting on the 13th spot pickup and a likely trade to alleviate cap tax.

  • Uncle Drew

    The team is underrated. Chemistry will bring success to this team. They will have a far better chemistry this year. If they are on the same page, this team can be really really good.

  • Aaron Ellington

    We will definately be better than expected. Even if we dont have Metta, dewite or Jamison. We still have Gasol, Nash and Kobe, when ever he comes back. Three super star, we”ll do better than a projectedd 12th in the west. This year we have a sefensive coach and youthful acquision we got over the break.

    We may of lost good players but we still have a slew of good players. All we need is more time to get on the same page. Truth be told half these new acquisition wont be here neext season, were still rebuilding.

    As good as Kobe is he is 35, a senior citizen relative to nba standards. His will may be there but how long can his legs carry him. Iwould like to see Kobe winning more championships with the Lakers but is it to late?

  • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.lazaro123 Eddie Lazaro

    I am not worried about our playoff seeding, once we are there and we are all healthy, BEWARE NBA, WE ARE DANGEROUS!
    We have more VENOM this year than that red rat snake that went to Houston. WE WILL DECIMATE THEM ALL!

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