The Biggest Concerns Facing the Lakers Title Defense

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IOctober 7, 2009

The Biggest Concerns Facing the Lakers Title Defense

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    ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 14:  A reflection off of the Bill Russell MVP Trophy of Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the post game news conference after the Lakers defeated the Orlando Magic 99-86 to win the NBA Championship in Game Five of the 200

Injuries

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    LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 12:  Trainer Gary Vitti examines an injury to the shoulder of Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 12, 2004 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: U

The Artest Factor

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    EL SEGUNDO, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Ron Artest #37 of the Los Angeles Lakers holds a baseball bat and wears a mask while taping a public announcement for the Los Angeles Dodgers during Lakers media day at the Lakers training facility on September 29, 2009 in E

Complacency

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 17:  Pau Gasol #16  waves to the crowd from the top of a double decker bus at the start of Los Angeles Lakers NBA championship victory parade outside the Staples Center on June 17, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen

The Weakness of this Squad

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    LOS ANGELES - 1987:  Magic Johnson #32 of the Los Angeles Lakers posts up Dennis Johnson #3 of the Boston Celtics during an NBA game at the Great Western Forum in Los Angeles, California in 1987. (Photo by: Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Penetration Kills

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 06:  Aaron Brooks #0 of the Houston Rockets moves the ball against Derek Fisher #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 6, 2009 in Los Angele

The Biggest Challenger to the Thrown

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 29:  Tony Parker #9 of the San Antonio Spurs goes to the basket in between Derek Fisher #2 and Luke Walton #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs on May 29, 2008 at Sta

Dr. Clutch

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 29:  Tony Parker #9 of the San Antonio Spurs reacts in the final minute alongside Derek Fisher #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs on May 29, 2008 at Staples Center

The Young and the Restless

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    SAN ANTONIO - MAY 25:  Tony Parker #9 of the San Antonio Spurs drives past Jordan Farmar #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Three of the Western Conference Finals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs on May 25, 2008 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOT

The Great Unknown

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    LOS ANGELES - JUNE 7:  Jameer Nelson #14 of the Orlando Magic drives against Shannon Brown #12 of the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Two of the 2009 NBA Finals at Staples Center on June 7, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  The Lakers won 101-96 in overtime.

The Big Experiment

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 23:  Tony Parker #9 of the San Antonio Spurs drives on Sasha Vujacic #18 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the first half of Game Two of the Western Conference Finals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs on May 23, 2008 at Staples Center in Los A

Lack of Concern

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 29:  Los Angeles Lakers legend Jerry West and General Manager Mitch Kupchak of the Los Angeles Lakers talk together after the Lakers defeated the San Antonio Spurs in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals during the 2008 NBA Pla

Captain Crazy

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    MIAMI - NOVEMBER 03:  Ron Artest #15 of the Indiana Pacers complains to an official after he was fouled going the the basket against the Miami Heat November 3, 2005 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledge