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The Lakers' armor is tarnishing

Before you hand another NBA title to the Lakers, Ralph Wiley reveals several chinks in L.A.'s armor.

Updated: June 1, 2004, 12:34 PM ET
By Ralph Wiley | Page 2

This seems as good a time as any to examine the Laker Myth -- the premise that this is one the great basketball teams in recorded American history (if not the greatest team in history) because it is perhaps (and perhaps not) about to win its fourth NBA title in five years with Kobe and Shaq, the Irresistible Force and Immovable Object of basketball, and various supporting players.

That is the premise. Everything -- the great wheel of NBA commerce (of which ESPN and I are happy partners) ...

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