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Kobe is very happy. AP Photo/David J. Phillip
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Everywhere you go, there’s a hell of a lot of sentimentality going on. Best of 2009 lists, best of the decade lists despite the fact that the decade doesn’t end until this year. It’s just a bunch of mushy nostalgia served to cheapen the events that actually happened. As Thom Yorke crooned on “Let Down” on OK Computer, “Don’t get sentimental it always ends up drivel.”

Not here. I prefer to look forward to what can be expected so when things fall short I can properly be disappointed. Having said that I don’t see there being too much to celebrate.

The lone bright spot will be the Lakers. They are hands down the best team in the league right now despite their recent struggles. Lakers fans will blow every struggle out of proportion, but it’s always best to keep things in proportion - the Lakers recent losses were to Cleveland and Phoenix, two pretty decent teams. It’s not like they lost to the Clippers and Warriors. Oops sorry Boston (not really).

The Lakers will make another run to June and will be in the Finals. I’m not going to sit here and anoint them NBA Champs quite yet. There are just too many variables with injuries, motivation and amount of energy. But if they hold it together, I don’t see anyone in the West challenging the defending champs.