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Saturday, January 30, 2010
Greatest Laker of all time is not who you think


The same way I can make a distinction between "best player" and "most valuable," I don't assume that Kobe Bryant becoming the leading scorer in Lakers history automatically makes him the greatest Laker of all time.

Even though three of the top four scorers in NBA history -- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone and Wilt Chamberlain -- set their final numbers while wearing Lakers uniforms, this franchise is about more than just points.

In a city that runs on show business and demands championships from its teams, the Los Angeles Lakers are defined by entertainment and winning. Mere victories aren't enough. They must be delivered in style.

It's the people who grasped that concept and delivered on their potential who get the accolades here. It goes beyond performance on the court. It's more about impact on the city, the people who did the most to turn the Lakers into the team that defines Los Angeles.

So here's my 5 greatest Lakers of all time: