It remained hard for TNT NBA analyst Kenny Smith to contain his laughter. Of all the storylines entering 2013 NBA All-Star weekend in Houston, there seems to be one topic that he can never avoid addressing. The Lakers entered this season with plenty of hype surrounding big acquisitions in Dwight Howard and Steve Nash. Yet, they enter the All-Star break with in 10th place in the Western Conference with a 25-29 record. The Lakers trail the Houston Rockets by 3 ½ games for the eighth postseason seed, a place Smith remains convinced won’t happen.
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