words & images_Nick DePaula

It might not seem like it, what with all of the other decent offseason moves and controversies of the summer, but it's really true -- the Los Angeles Lakers are actually the team to beat. They won the last two titles even, you may recall.

Even Michael Beasley says so. And SuperCoolBeas is usually right about these things, even if it takes him awhile to come to a conclusion.

Way back in June, when the Lakers won their fifth title of the decade, somewhat of a proving mark of a dynasty to most, Kobe Bryant broke out a yet-to-be-seen version of the "Big Stage" Zoom Kobe V with added hits of purple for the team's frenzied Championship parade.

Enjoy a closer look, and of course, enjoy the new season kicking off today!!