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Bench exposes Lakers' weaknesses

Notion that L.A. has a deep roster proves to be a myth after latest loss in Atlanta

Updated: April 1, 2010, 2:12 PM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

It's one of the great myths in the NBA -- one that seemingly is debunked on a nightly basis but continues to live on for some mysterious reason that belies all statistical and visual evidence.

At some point in time, someone somewhere decided to label the Lakers as a "deep team." Over the past two seasons, you've heard how good the Lakers' roster is from 1 to 12 and how their bench is able to sustain leads and how everyone on this team knows his role.

Nothing could be further from ...

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