Where will the Lakers' freaky Friday lead?

Updated: June 21, 2004, 1:05 AM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

When the Lakers deliver news, it often comes in thunderbolts.

Magic Johnson stunning the world with his HIV announcement in 1991. Jerry West acquiring Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant within weeks of each other back in '96. Gary Payton and Karl Malone sitting side-by-side for an introductory press conference at Staples Center last July, and Bryant responding to rape charges at his own press conference the next day.

It happened again Friday. The Lakers happened again.

Phil Jackson ...

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