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Lakers aren't crazy, they just got real

Franchise sends message to Kobe, fans that loyalty is still hallmark of organization

Updated: December 1, 2013, 8:03 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES – It sounded like a brilliant plan. Bold and brash, just like all the Lakers' power plays over the years. Dwight Howard didn't want to be a Lakers legend, so fine, they'll just cast TWO more leading men for the job in the summer of 2014. Kobe Bryant will recruit, then train them to take over for him one day and hopefully win his sixth title along the way.

LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade. Or if you prefer a younger guy, how about ...

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