- Chris Palmer, ESPN the Magazine
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.
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.