Contenders Profile: L.A. Lakers

Are the Lakers for real or are they just real old?

Updated: August 31, 2012, 9:59 AM ET
By Chris Palmer | ESPN the Magazine
Bryant-Howard-NashGetty ImagesHow much better are the Lakers with Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and Steve Nash together?

Editor's note: This is the latest installment of a 12-part series this summer that will profile six Eastern Conference teams and six Western Conference teams that could knock off the Miami Heat. Today we profile the Los Angeles Lakers.

Overview

There's a reason ESPN.com's Summer Forecast predicts the Lakers to win the Western Conference. Any season that doesn't end with the combination of confetti, champagne and the Larry O'Brien trophy is considered a failure in Lakerland. So you know what that makes last season. As many banners as there are in the rafters at Staples it's understandable that standards are quite a bit different in Tinseltown.


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