Does anybody else remember Gary Payton and Karl Malone? Injuries killed their first "super team" attempt back in 2004.
Oh, and how about the weird period in the mid-'70s when they went ahead and gambled on old veterans just for the fun of it?
While the Lakers have always been a well-run franchise (well, save a few coaching decisions here and there), they also have a strange affinity for names.
Generally, this goes well. It's why they landed Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O'Neal.
However, every once in a while they go after a 40-year-old Malone, simply because he is who he is.
So let's take a long, hard look at the quick-stop star players they've housed over their decades of basketball and figure out who just didn't work out.