Who's afraid of the big, bad champs?

With only a few weeks left until the playoffs Page 2's Charley Rosen sizes up the suitors looking to dethrone the Lakers.

Updated: March 13, 2003, 6:33 PM ET
By Charley Rosen | Page 2 columnist

After losing to the Kings last Christmas, the Lakers fell to 11-19, and even the possibility of qualifying for the playoffs seemed like a pipe dream.

"We've lost our aura of invincibility," Kobe Bryant moaned. "Nobody's afraid of us anymore." Since then, the Lakers have gone 24-7, and are back in the hunt for a four-peat.

Most recently, Shaq has regained much of the mobility he'd lost to his preseason surgery, and Kobe has been playing with patience and discipline. ...

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