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Thank goodness for Lakers vs. Kings

Shaq vs. CWebb, Kobe vs. Bibby. It's Lakers vs. Kings, and we should be glad we have it.

Originally Published: October 25, 2002
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

You accept that the teams are from the same conference, same division, same state even. You deal with the cities being separated by 300-some miles, as opposed to 3,000.

Reason being: Lakers vs. Kings is the best rivalry we've got.

There's no sense waiting for a Lakers vs. Celtics reincarnation because there isn't one coming soon. No one in the Leastern Conference, where 2002's top three teams didn't even reach the playoffs in 2001, is close to the Kings' level. Upgraded or not, New ...

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