James Worthy might be one of the greatest Lakers of all time but he hasn't seen enough of Los Angeles' new players to pick them as champions. Worthy told the Los Angeles Times that the Heat still has the edge based on experience together.
"I would have to say Miami still has a little edge simply because they won last year. It will be so much easier for them to win again because they know how to do it. With them adding Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis, they have tremendous scorers and three-point shooters off the bench. Then they also have the greatest player in the game with LeBron James. I give them the edge because they're defending champions."
Worthy's analysis might be a minorty opinion when the season begins. The Lakers' projected starting five -- Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest, Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard -- has the look of a major contender. Here's a link to the Los Angeles Times' full Q&A with James Worthy.