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Lakers play out another drama

Los Angeles has seen strange days before, but this one had a very different script

Updated: December 10, 2011, 11:51 AM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The day began the night before. In a dizzying span of about eight hours on Thursday evening, the Los Angeles Lakers had been torn apart, shoved back together again, and told to go on about the business of beginning a new season together as if nothing had happened.

Digestion was out of the question. Acceptance was impossible. Only laughter felt good. And basketball. Definitely basketball.

New Lakers coach Mike Brown had instructed his players to report to training ...

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