Who's the most indispensable Laker?

Originally Published: March 12, 2004
By Bill Walton | Special to ESPN.com

In another time's forgotten space -- like way back when the current NBA season began -- most everyone expected the Los Angeles Lakers to mow all comers down. With the addition of Karl Malone and Gary Payton to a squad already featuring Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant -- giving L.A. four franchise-level players on the same team -- the Lakers were merely required to show up as they cruised through the interminable season on their way to the predictable conclusion of yet another NBA title.

But ...

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