Weight of the Lakers on Shaq's girth

The Lakers have one big roadblock if they want to return to the top, writes Charley Rosen: Shaquille O'Neal's weight.

Updated: May 20, 2003, 12:06 PM ET
By Charley Rosen | Page 2 columnist

The Lakers' conference semifinal loss to the Spurs is much more than just a bump in the Yellow Brick Road. It signifies nothing less than the absolute, irreparable, and undignified termination of their hopes to win another championship in the foreseeable future.

For sure, the team's talent level next season will be boosted by a gang of free agents. P.J. Brown is one likely possibility, and among the longshots are Gary Payton and maybe the ghost of Scottie Pippen. Karl Malone is ...

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