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Basketball moments that define L.A.

Updated: February 14, 2011, 8:16 PM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Defining moments are like college recruits. Some are no-brainers from the second you see them and others take a few years to become memorable.

Everyone knew when the Los Angeles Lakers signed Shaquille O'Neal in 1996 he was one of the biggest free-agent signings in NBA history. But how many people knew the Lakers' trade of fan-favorite center Vlade Divac for 17-year-old high school guard Kobe Bryant three weeks earlier would become one the NBA's greatest trades?

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