meanwhile, compare the nuggets record to that of the lakers since kobe owied his pinkie, while billups sat out 8 games, and melo 11, the nuggets have been the hottest team in the league in that time span for the same reason they will over take the lakers this season. they actually HAVE depth. get any of the lakers top five (not starting five, fish is no longer an n.b.a. player)in foul trouble and they are doomed. i guess thats why kobe is continuing to hoist up 30 shots a night converting 35% of them since his injury. cause who else can take his place? shannon brown? thats a joke. b.t.w. one l in carmelo.