Kobe not thrilled with Lakers' preseason ranking

Kobe Bryant reacts to preseason ranking that predicts Lakers to finish 12th in Western Conference.

— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) August 14, 2013
After losing Dwight Howard, they're also hamstrung by the salary cap this summer, and their team is more an assembled cast of mercenaries, mediocre players under contract for a year, than any kind of title contender. It's all about 2014-15 in Los Angeles, and that's no secret.

Of course, if Bryant is healthy and some of the team's aging stars – Pau Gasol, Steve Nash – remain healthy and step up, the Lakers could do better than these projections, though it's hard to see them winning a playoff series, much less making the postseason.

And shhh, don't tell Kobe, but we didn't project much better for his team here at FOX Sports West: I picked them to finish 10th, with 39 wins.

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