10 Games That Will Decide Whether the L.A. Lakers Have Any Shot at an NBA Title

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10 Games That Will Decide Whether the L.A. Lakers Have Any Shot at an NBA Title
Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

Despite criticism from the legendary Magic Johnson, the Mike D'Antoni era of Lakers basketball is about to begin.

After the expected transitional period, the Lakers will either live up to the hype or not.

Every new coach has a certain grace period to implement his system after being signed to a new team. However, D'Antoni is going to have a shorter-than-ordinary grace period given the intensity of the spotlight that hovers over this franchise.

Though there is no doubt that the reincarnation of 'Showtime' basketball is an exciting prospect for every NBA fan, consider the fact that the old Phoenix Suns teams that D'Antoni used to coach had a very different skill set than the imposing Lakers roster this season.

Regardless, the Lakers are expecting results from their new head coach.

Henceforth, 10 games on the NBA schedule will determine whether Jim Buss has made a controversial yet genius decision, or another extremely costly mistake.

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