Lakers swept away, begin transition

Originally Published: May 8, 2011
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

DALLAS -- For a franchise that's coming to grips with a season ending on Mother's Day, not closer to Father's Day, with getting swept into the dustpan instead of holding a broom, to losing with classless cheap shots instead of winning with grace, you can add another foreign concept that the denizens of Lakersland will have to swallow: patience.

The last time a Los Angeles Lakers championship reign ended, in 2003, the Lakers responded by adding two Hall of Fame-bound players within ...

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