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The Lakers’ Franchise: Five Years Later

Published by on May 8, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

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As we get ready to watch what should be an electric atmosphere in Houston for Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Lakers and Rockets tonight, I took some time earlier to reflect on this years Laker team.

While they had a solid regular season, going 65-17 and finishing with the second best record in the league, there is something missing from this year’s group that I just can’t put my finger on.

It reminds me of how I felt, as I watched the 2003-04 Lakers team cruise through the regular season, finishing at 56-26, which was the third best record in the West that year.

That Laker team was the three time defending NBA Champions, yet t...

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