Los Angeles Lakers: Why Success in 2012 Will Depend on Role Players

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Los Angeles Lakers: Why Success in 2012 Will Depend on Role Players
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Every offseason discussion about the Los Angeles Lakers has revolved around the possibility of making a blockbuster move, making the team the unquestioned and unrelenting favorites entering the regular season. 

Whether the talks are about acquiring Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic, or signing former-free agent Deron Williams, the hype seems to grow exponentially. 

The mere fact that the Lakers haven’t made a type of move that would cause shock waves around the league speaks about their focus in role players. Yes, role players are often overlooked, but they can often be the difference between the postseason and a lottery pick. 

Here are a few reasons the fate of the Lakers’ 2012-2013 season will depend on the role players. 

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