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Season preview: Los Angeles Lakers

Time's not a luxury for this squad; character, experience will drive its success

Updated: October 31, 2012, 2:26 AM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- A little less than three months ago, the Los Angeles Lakers sent out a media advisory inviting to whomever was around on a Friday afternoon and available on four hours' notice to come down to their training facility to meet Dwight Howard.

After a long, sometimes tortuous courtship between the Lakers and their next great franchise center, the wedding reception was a rather low-key affair. No disco lights, no dancers and absolutely no proclamations about how many titles he ...

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