Fan: Will the Lakers and Heat Meet in the 2013 NBA Finals?

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LeBron James and Kobe Bryant seemed to get along fine at the 2012 Olympics, helping Team USA secure gold in men's basketball. They probably won't be as chummy once the 2012/13 NBA season starts.

After struggling during the 2012 postseason - getting manhandled by the Oklahoma City thunder in the second round, the Los Angeles Lakers made some pretty big moves during the offseason, adding Steve Nash and Dwight Howard to their lineup.

"Well, it looks like Superman has found a home," Bryant posted on his Facebook page after Howard was picked up. "I wish nothing but the best for Big Bynum. I hope he follows what was a great season last year with an even better one next year. I know LA is excited about the deal and rightfully so. The Lakers landed a piece that will hopefully carry the franchise long after I'm gone. I have spoken to Dwight Howard already and we are locked and loaded to bring back the title."

Obviously, Kobe and the Lakers want to add a few more championships to their impressive collection, and I wouldn't be surprised if they earn a spot in the NBA Finals.

However, the Heat have also been busy during the offseason, and the addition of Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis to their lineup gives them more than enough firepower to deal with any team that dares to oppose them.

While I'm pretty confident the Heat will make their way to the 2013 NBA Finals, the Lakers will have a much tougher path. The Western Conference is still the dominant conference in the NBA, and the Lakers will have to go through powerhouses like the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs on their way to the finals.

Even though some basketball fans thought that LeBron's move to Miami would be bad for the NBA, it's actually had the opposite effect. The Heat's constant efforts to sign the very best players in the league, has forced other teams to do the same.

I know it's a little early for predictions, but I think the NBA is about to have one of its best seasons in a while.

David is a Miami Heat fan that has followed the team for 16 years. Follow him on twitter @davidkingwriter and check out his blog.

Sources:

ESPN.com, "Sources: Dwight Howard to Lakers"

Player and game information from ESPN.com

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