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Despite Media Criticism, Los Angeles Lakers Are Very Confident About 2013

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

With ESPN coming out with their predictions, Los Angeles Lakers fans were eager to see what the critics had to say. Full of  doubt, the NBA analysts foreshadowed a disastrous season once again for the Lakers. With a supposed demise on the horizon, most Lakers players seem to think differently.

“We definitely could be in the top three in the West,” Jordan Hill recently said in a phone interview. “I don’t see why not. Kobe [Bryant] 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.”

The Lakers believe that with a healthy core of Pau Gasol, Bryant and Steve Nash, they can carry the team for the time being. Although with their age a concern, the adequate rest may prove to be the biggest asset the Lakers have. The team now has more experienced depth at all the positions to give the aging stars proper rest.

The biggest issue for the Lakers is their defense. With the hiring of Kurt Rambis, the Lakers are really focusing on that side of the ball. While Mike D’Antoni is working on the offense, Rambis will be putting his defensive knowledge to work.

The Lakers may not be serious championship contenders, but a disrespected Bryant is not to be trifled with.

“12th I see..” Bryant tweeted.

Nugesse Ghebrendrias is a Sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @NugasayWhat24, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.