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NBA.com: Los Angeles Lakers offseason is never boring. There was the Kobe Bryant saga: does he want to be traded? Or, does he want to stay? Bryant will stay put even though the Lakers did not fulfill his wishes of acquiring a big name free agent.
Last season, the Lake Show jumped out to a 26-13 start before Kwame Brown, Luke Walton and Lamar Odom all missed significant time with injuries. These absences, though costly to the team, allowed rookie point guard Jordan Farmar and second year center Andrew Bynum to gain valuable experience.
Barring a major trade — which isn’t out of the question if another star whose team starts out slowly demands a trade — Los Angeles should be in the hunt for one of the West’s bottom four playoff spots. A team led by Bryant has a shot to win any game but the Lakers will need a healthy Odom and unprecedented improvement from at least one half of their two-center rotation if they expect to advance past beyond the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2004
The Lakers welcomed back Derek Fisher back when he decided to leave Utah so his daughter could receive medical treatment for a rare form of eye cancer in L.A. Fisher may not get the assists you would expect out of a point guard (only 3.3 for Utah last year) but he knows how to run the triangle offense and that counts for a lot in Phil Jackson’s book.