Originally written on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 12/7/12
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The Lakers certainly have been a lightning rod team of sorts for most of their history, but more so in this past offseason than at any other time in recent memory. Obviously, being dragged into the Dwight Howard saga--and eventually trading for the center-- along with trading for Steve Nash and firing head coach Mike Brown after just five games are just some of the more prevalent headlines surrounding Los Angeles so far in 2012. And that's not even taking into account the ridiculously poor start the NBA's next "dream team" has gotten off, situating them in just 3rd place in the Pacific Division, behind the in-state rival Warriors and Clippers. As naturally comes with the territory when a super-hyped team plays well below expectations throughout the (almost) 1st quarter of the whole season, there has been significant gossip, media coverage, speculation, etc surrounding LA, even more so than in normal seasons. Granted, 9-10 isn't a "sky is falling" record, but it certainly isn't nea...
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