Lakers must prove it on road

A three-game win streak is nice, but L.A.'s identity will be defined by long trip

Updated: January 30, 2013, 3:47 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Through the first 45 games of the season, the Los Angeles Lakers have changed their identity more often than an awards-show host changes his or her wardrobe.

First, they were the juggernaut full of Hall of Famers hell-bent on returning the title to L.A.

Then they were the group going through growing pains with an 0-8 preseason and a 1-4 record out of the gate.

Then a rudderless boat without a captain after Mike Brown was fired and Phil Jackson was bypassed.

Then ...

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