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NBA Preview: Lakers look tough to beat

Updated: October 29, 2008, 2:55 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

With the start of the NBA season, everyone wants to know one simple thing: which team will cut down the nets like the Boston Celtics did a season ago?

I look at the Lakers as the team to watch during the 2008-09 campaign. The presence of Andrew Bynum in the middle, coming off of injury woes last season, makes Los Angeles an improved team. Bynum's size, couple with the interior play of Pau Gasol, gives Phil Jackson a big plus compared to last season. There is more flexibility on the Lakers' ...

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