Some thought 86 Lakers Might be the Best Ever

Entering the January 22, 1986 game against the Boston Celtics, the Los Angels Lakers looked like world beaters.

The Lakers were loaded and deep. Their average victory margin was 14 points. They hadn't lost two straight in over a year, and their then current 32-7 record entering the game was the second best in franchise history (the 1971-72 Lakers were 36-3, and won 69 games including 33 straight). The Celtics entered the game with a 30-8 record.

"We have matured," said Worthy.

"We are blessed with depth," added Cooper.

The "best ever" debate started early. There was talk and type devoted to the possibility that that Laker team may be the best ever to lace sneakers (even though an LA loss in Boston would have given the Lakers as many losses as the Celts).

LA's arrival in Michigan was greeted by cover pieces in both Detroit dailies dealing with the "best ever" question.

Abdul-Jabbar took time to debate the LA dynasty issue with Wilt Chamberlain in a nationally televised half time spot Sunday.

"We have confidence in ourselves," said Worthy. "We still have to go out and make it work, but I think we have the potential to be one of the best teams there's ever been."

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