Lakers play Jekyll and Hyde

Not knowing which team will show up is part of L.A.'s charm

Updated: April 28, 2010, 11:18 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- A leopard can never change its spots and the Lakers can't reinvent themselves either, it seems.

It turns out, that's OK.

A year after the Lakers ebbed and flowed through the playoffs, being dubbed a "Jekyll and Hyde" team by coach Phil Jackson and "bipolar" by their star, Kobe Bryant, the purple and gold are back on the seesaw.

As the Lakers chase their repeat championship, the only way to enjoy the sequel is to embrace the highs when they come -- and ...

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