Popovich would rather avoid L.A.

Updated: April 4, 2010, 4:08 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Recent road struggles and an injury to starting center Andrew Bynum have left the Los Angeles Lakers searching to regain the swagger of a defending champion.

That hasn't stopped their competition from regarding them with any less respect.

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, speaking before Sunday's game in Los Angeles, knows his team is the seventh seed in the West thanks to its two-game winning streak and wants no part of falling back into the eighth seed ...

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