Purple and Gold take on a new color

The Los Angeles Lakers have accumulated five American-born white players

Originally Published: January 5, 2012
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

If you've noticed something unusual about the Los Angeles Lakers' roster this season, well, the players have, too.

"It's ... different to walk in the locker room and see four or five other white guys in there," Luke Walton said.

Amid a long-term decline in the number of American-born white players in the NBA, the Lakers have accumulated five on this season's team: Walton, Steve Blake, Jason Kapono, Josh McRoberts and Troy Murphy. Flipping through the pages of the Lakers' ...

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