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THE PULSE: Lakers can't live without Shaq, Kobe

Originally Published: January 13, 2004
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Kobe Bryant hurt his surgically repaired shoulder last night against the Cavs, joining Shaquille O'Neal and Karl Malone on the sidelines. Gary Payton and Co. eked out a win at home, but most opponents won't be as kind as the Cavs.

In the last four seasons, the Lakers have won three titles without Karl Malone or Gary Payton. Without the Lakers, Malone and Payton have won a grand total of zero titles, though they do have three NBA Finals appearances on their collective resumé, each having ...

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