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Lakers' three-peat trek starts in Europe

L.A. is the perfect squad to represent the NBA on an international tour

Updated: October 1, 2010, 8:57 AM ET
By Andrew Kamenetzky | ESPNLosAngeles.com

One of the many upsides of playing for the Los Angeles Lakers is the franchise's high profile, which offers plenty of opportunities for exposure. This makes the Lakers the perfect squad to represent the NBA for a pair of exhibition games in London and Barcelona against the Minnesota Timberwolves and FC Barcelona, respectively next week.

That these contests exist for no other purpose than marketing is hardly a secret, but it does serve as a serious interruption in training camp. Last Friday ...

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