The 2012-13 Los Angeles Lakers will be entering the new season with more expectations than any Lakers team since 2003-04. That season, the Lakers boasted a lineup featuring four future Hall of Famers (Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, Gary Payton and Karl Malone) and were expected to easily win the championship but came up short against the Pistons in the NBA Finals.
This current edition of the Lakers may be even more talented with Bryant, Steve Nash, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol as the NBA's new "Fantastic Four." Throw in Metta World Peace in great shape and Antawn Jamison and company off the bench, and you have a roster that the sky is the limit for.
Although the Lakers may have the best lineup on paper, fans should approach the season with realistic expectations. For example, expecting the Lakers to post a 96-0 record in the regular season and playoffs is more than a bit far-fetched, to say the least.
Here is a list of 10 realistic expectations for the Lakers for the 2012-13 season, progressing from the least bold to most bold.