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Where Does Dwight Howard Rank Among Failed LA Lakers Star Stopovers?
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Dwight Howard's one-year stint for the Los Angeles Lakers was a complete swing-and-a-miss both for the franchise and Howard, but it's not the first time the Lakers have fumbled with a star player.

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.

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