Lakers focused, not the focus
With the heat on a certain team in the East, L.A. can stay under the radar
In other years there has been talk of monuments and records. Mile-markers on the lonely road toward individual and franchise greatness: Seventy-two wins. Passing Red Auerbach's nine NBA titles. Winning more titles than Shaquille O'Neal.
And when the conversation shifted to other subjects, there was talk of revenge and retribution for what had gone so wrong on that warm mid-June night in Boston in 2008.
But this year, at the beginning, there is mostly talk of endings.
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