Scenes from the bumpy road

The seven-game Grammy Trip was typical of the Lakers' difficult season

Updated: February 14, 2013, 11:59 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLA.com

The 2013 Lakers were supposed to travel like rock stars, surrounded by adoring fans. Instead, onlookers have gawked at the team like rubberneckers at a car crash.

Jan. 30 -- Phoenix -- Day 1, City 1

Suns assistant coach Ralph Sampson, all 7-foot-4 of him, watched from the sidelines as the Lakers went through their pregame routine in Phoenix. It was no surprise his eyes focused on Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol.

Nearly 30 years ago Sampson teamed with Hakeem Olajuwon in Houston to form ...

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