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Lakers' world begins, ends with Kobe

As long as its franchise player is out, Los Angeles will be different kind of team

Updated: December 24, 2013, 4:39 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

To this day, Jordan Farmar is not entirely sure the call really happened. It was early, and he was still emotionally spent from the excitement of the day before. The Los Angeles Lakers, the team he'd grown up rooting for as a boy in the San Fernando Valley, had made him the 26th pick of the 2006 NBA draft, and now, first thing the next morning, his phone was ringing and Kobe Bryant was on the other line?

"I thought I was dreaming still, to be honest with you," Farmar said. ...

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