Watch out, L.A.: Contenders are coming

Updated: March 4, 2011, 11:02 AM ET
By Stephen A. Smith | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Contenders don't faze Kobe Bryant. Past champions don't concern him too much, either. In the world of the man known as the Black Mamba, known as much for his ability to demoralize with enjoyment as for winning titles, any threat to the Los Angeles Lakers' supremacy in the Western Conference is purely a figment of someone's elaborate imagination fueled by ignorant pundits and destined for exposure and humiliation in April, May and June.

But make no mistake, the contenders are coming. ...

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