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Lakers take indifferent path

The concerns of many don't affect the back-to-back champions

Updated: December 24, 2010, 3:12 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- It was, thinking back on it, a hell of a thing to say on a random Tuesday in the middle of August.

It wasn't, now or then, an accident.

"As of now," Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss said, "I feel there's a good chance this could be the best team we've ever had."

As messages go, this one was fairly easy to decipher.

Just take out all that wishy-washy stuff about there being a "good chance" and replace the word "could" with "should."

"You hate ...

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