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Will the Real Lakers Please Step Forward?

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Let me present you with a multiple choice question:

How does one write about the Lakers without sounding ___.
a. Like Chicken Little panicking about the end of civilization as we know it.
b. Like an oblivious douchebag.
c. Bored.

The Lakers have not looked like a championship caliber team for quite some time aside from brief spurts. They crushed the San Antonio Spurs on the start of their previous five-game road trip a couple of weeks ago, but that was an aberration as we saw with how the rest of the trip unfolded.

While last season these swoons were just written off by Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher and head coach Phil Jackson, this season there seems to be more uneasiness. Kobe is punching chairs and cussing out his teammates. Fish is saying things like, “Guys are genuinely concerned.” And Phil has said that the way the bench plays “makes me want to throw up sometimes.”