Few teams carry as much promise into the 2012-2013 season as the Los Angeles Lakers.
While it's a completely different year and team, comparisons to the 2004 Lakers squad that featured Shaquille O'Neal, Karl Malone, Gary Payton and Bryant are inevitable.
That team, despite all of its star power, ultimately fell short of the NBA title, collapsing in the Finals against the Detroit Pistons.
This Lakers team, which should be even better, can avoid the same problems that the 2004 squad faced.
Each player on the team carries certain expectations and must avoid certain factors or situations that could inhibit the team's success.
The 2012-2013 Lakers have a chance to be very special, if only these players can avoid the following pitfalls.