Don't jump off that Laker bandwagon yet

A few early losses is no reason to think the Lakers won't be defending that championship.

Updated: November 17, 2000, 4:00 PM ET
By Scott Howard-Cooper | Special to ESPN.com

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- I saw the defending NBA champions come through town the other night appearing at times like a couple drunk guys in a three-legged race, watched them struggle to beat the Kings with Chris Webber out the whole game and Jason Williams gone for the second half and overtime, stared at the jumble of a team that came in 5-3 and then offered a backcourt of Devean George and Mike Penberthy in the second quarter, wondered about Horace Grant getting zero rebounds in 19 minutes ...

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