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Friday, October 26, 2012
Updated: October 29, 12:12 PM ET
Lakers-Clippers: Your vote counts!

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Tired of political polls and pundit-speak? Us, too. With the nation about to head to the voting booth, we ask you to weigh in what matters most in Los Angeles: hoops, of course. We're just days away now from the start of the NBA season, so you tell us: How do you see things playing out for the Lakers and Clippers in the months to come?

Issue No. 1


Slow start

The Lakers went winless in the preseason, but how much does that really matter? We'll soon find out. ...

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Which of these statements best describes your feeling about the Lakers' 0-8 preseason record?

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    35%
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    45%
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    20%

Discuss (Total votes: 13,953)

Issue No. 2


The Kobe effect

What exactly does No. 24 have to do to get the Lakers to No. 1?

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For the Lakers to win the NBA title this year, which of these things is most true?

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    75%
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    25%

Discuss (Total votes: 13,604)

Issue No. 3


Clippers' chances

The Clippers will look to establish themselves as a postseason team to be reckoned with.

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Which of these statements best describes your feeling about the Clippers' prospects this season?

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    5%
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    68%
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    27%

Discuss (Total votes: 12,722)

Issue No. 4


Championship traits

In a title push, you need skill and luck. Just how much of each the Clippers will need remains to be seen.

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For the Clippers to win the NBA title this year, which of these things is most true?

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    42%
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    18%
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    40%

Discuss (Total votes: 12,535)

Issue No. 5


Bigger concern?

No team is perfect, but which team's imperfections are a bigger concern?

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Which team's weakness is a greater concern for its fans?

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    38%
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    62%

Discuss (Total votes: 13,010)

Issue No. 6


Mr. Clutch?

Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant have had great late-game success in their careers, but right now, who would you give the ball to in the final seconds?

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At this stage in their careers, who is more likely to deliver a win for his team with the clock winding down and the game on the line?

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    74%
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    26%

Discuss (Total votes: 13,125)

Issue No. 7


Brown's job so far

After a lockout-shortened first season, Mike Brown is back with a fully stocked Lakers team.

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Do you approve or disapprove of the job Mike Brown has done so far as head coach of the Lakers?

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    43%
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    57%

Discuss (Total votes: 13,355)

Issue No. 8


Del Negro's job so far

Vinny Del Negro has had the challenge of creating chemistry amid big-time arrivals and injury.

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Do you approve or disapprove of the job Vinny Del Negro has done so far as head coach of the Clippers?

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    56%
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    44%

Discuss (Total votes: 12,416)

Issue No. 9


Under pressure

After the wear and tear of a long season, who is best prepared for the glare of a big game?

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Which of these players would be most likely to come through under the pressure of a Western Conference Finals Game 7 this year?

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    22%
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    4%
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    7%
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    19%
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    48%

Discuss (Total votes: 12,974)

Issue No. 10


Great expectations

Big things are projected for both L.A. teams. Is the weight too much to bear?

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Which of the following players is most likely to not live up to his teams high expectations this season?

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    24%
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    50%
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    26%

Discuss (Total votes: 12,847)

Issue No. 11


What's next: Lakers

Kobe Bryant is nearing the end of his career. What will that mean for the Lakers' future?

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How concerned are you about the future of the Lakers in the post-Kobe Bryant years?

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    50%
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    34%
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    16%

Discuss (Total votes: 12,475)

Issue No. 12


What's next: Clippers

Chris Paul signing on long-term could be a game-changer in L.A.

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How optimistic are you that Chris Paul will stay with the Clippers and the team will continue to be a contender?

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    29%
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    42%
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    29%

Discuss (Total votes: 11,974)