Double trouble for Lakers in West?

PER Diem: Feb. 5, 2010

Updated: February 5, 2010, 6:19 PM ET
By John Hollinger |
Chauncey Billups, Deron WilliamsGarrett Ellwood/NBAE/Getty ImagesChauncey Billups' Nuggets and Deron Williams' Jazz pose the biggest threats to the Lakers out West.

Try as we might to avoid discussing the Lakers every day, we can't help ourselves for one very good reason: Any discussion of other contenders in the West automatically takes us back to L.A. as a reference point.