Kobe Bryant Divorce Impact on LA Lakers NBA Championship Odds

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The 2010-11 NBA season ended very poorly for the Los Angeles Lakers as they were swept in the Western Conference semifinals by eventual champions the Dallas Mavericks four games to none.

With a new NBA season beginning on Christmas Day we will take a look at the LA Lakers odds to win a championship and the impact of the Kobe Bryant divorce may have on the team.

The current odds at Oddsmaker, the sportsbook where players get the best bonuses, have the LA Lakers at +200 odds to win the 2011-2012 NBA championship.

The odds for the Lakers to win the Western conference finals are set at +150 odds.

They are favored to win the Western conference with the upstart Oklahoma City Thunder second favorite at +200 odds.

With the Kobe Bryant divorce making news on Friday December 16th there was no reaction by the bettors in the LA Lakers NBA championship odds.

Kobe Bryant was very close to his two daughters. Will it impact his play on the court?

It should be interesting to see how the NBA superstar will handle going home at night with his daughters sleeping in another home and not there to greet him when he returns home from road trips, games and practice.

There will also be different men around his daughters when his ex-wife starts hitting the market.

Bettors must wonder if Kobe, now a free man, will he lead a reckless lifestyle off the court in Los Angeles with the breakup of his family?

Speaking of breakup the Lakers have gotten weaker on their bench as the team traded away Lamar Odom to Dallas.

Odom had trouble dealing with the nixed trade of him and Pau Gasol to New Orleans.

Odom felt disrespected so he was sent away to cash checks signed by Mark Cuban.

The Lakers starting five remains intact at press time.

It will be Derrick Fisher and Kobe Bryant at the guards, Pau Gasol and the Matt Barnes at the forwards with Andrew Byum at the center position.

The NBA player formally known as Ron Artest has been moved by new Lakers coach Mike Brown to the bench and will likely be the sixth man this season.

Artest has changed his name to Metta World Peace.

The second player off the bench last year in Devin Brown opted out of his contract and is now with the Phoenix Suns.

Phil Jackson retired following the Lakers elimination from the playoffs last season.

Former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown has taken over as head coach.

Brown has experience coaching a superstar as he had Lebron James during his tenure with the Cavs.

He won’t enjoy the depth Phil Jackson had. There is no Lamar Odom and Shannon Brown on the roster.

At first glance here the Lakers are a terrible bet to win the NBA title this season.

They have gotten weaker and appear be in a mode to clear salary this season to make a move on Dwight Howard at season end when he becomes a free agent.

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