No. 89: Los Angeles Lakers

Ultimate Standings 2012

Updated: September 7, 2012, 12:14 PM ET
By Max Klinger | ESPN The Magazine

Last year's rank: 56 Title track: 16 Ownership: 44 Coaching: 103 Players: 85 Fan relations: 85 Affordability: 112 Stadium experience: 38 Bang for the buck: 94

What happens when you take the biggest payroll in the NBA, add a multibillion-dollar cable deal, mix in a couple of All-Stars, sprinkle with 41 wins and garnish with possibly the most blindly loyal fan base in all of sports? A recipe for success? Wrong. Too big to fail as they may be, the Lakers still experienced a franchise ...

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