Originally written on Crossover Chronicles  |  Last updated 10/20/14

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 4: Former NBA player Magic Johnson attends game one of the NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Orlando Magic at Staples Center on June 4, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
The Los Angeles Lakers are at one of those rare moments in their franchise's history where the team is at a crossroads. The team has a new coach, is eyeing its next superstar acquisition and is dealing with the reality of their star's mortality. The failure in the Western Conference Semifinals sweep to the Mavericks is enough to throw any team into chaos and uncertainty. The Lakers certainly are not immune to the ebbs and flows of a franchise and are in the ultimate quandary for title-contending teams: Do you let the championship core slowly diminish until you reach mediocrity, do you try to reload or do you blow everything up and hit rock bottom? That last option is not in the Lakers psyche nor in their plans. One of those first two options will have to do. And if Dwight Howard is not in their future -- it likely would cost the Lakers both Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum and that deal is unlikely for the moment -- and having lost out on Chris Paul, the Lakers are forced to see...
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