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Showtime Lakers weren't built overnight

Many pieces came together to make the Lakers much more than just basketball

Updated: February 18, 2011, 11:57 PM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Ernie Vandeweghe is sitting off to the right of the lighted stage. He's three rows back and invisible to the dignitaries seated atop the dais to honor Jerry West before the unveiling of West's statue outside Staples Center on Thursday.

When the names of guests such as Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor and Jerry Buss are read during the ceremony, fans cheer loudly, causing a momentary pause before the next name is read. The crowd offers only a respectful ...

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