Lakers at a glance
His ego is the size of Mount Rushmore, but Kobe Bryant's still the most competitive and talented player in the NBA. No longer a title contender, the Lakers will make the playoffs on Kobe's shoulders.
When none of that works, they'll hand it over to Kobe.
|The starters: With no Shaq, just a bunch of perimeter guys ... everywhere.|
|PF||Lamar Odom||Heat is on for him to duplicate last season||7|
|SF||Caron Butler||Performance will dictate final value of Shaq trade||6|
|C||Vlade Divac||The Showtime Era really is back||7|
|SG||Kobe Bryant||Higher number: Laker victories or Kobe's shots per game?||10|
|PG||Chucky Atkins||Think Gary Payton in the playoffs was rough?||6|
|BENCH||Postseason faves Luke Walton and Kareem Rush join Devean George and newcomer Brian Grant to provide surprising depth.||8|
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