Back-to-back titles. Defeating the Boston Celtics in the Finals. The game's greatest player moving up the all-time list. The greatest coach of all-time proving his brilliance once again.
Those are outstanding accomplishments, to be sure. No one can ever take those things away from the Los Angeles Lakers. However, the moment the parade ended in Los Angeles, the 2010-2011 season began. All that matters in L.A. now is a three-peat.
Nobody doubts L.A.'s ability to three-peat. Their best player was a part of the last NBA team to win three consecutive titles, and their coach has been a part of an amazing three separate three-peats.
However, the competition around Los Angeles appears to be gaining, and with the many major players likely to switch teams this summer, a power shift appears to be in effect in the NBA.
Were the Lakers to win another championship in 2011 with the same exact starting lineup and bench as they did this season, it would surprise no one.
The likelihood of that happening is slim, though.
If Los Angeles hopes to contend with a possible superteam in the East, they will have to shore up their own issues in free agency.
The following 10 players, all free agents, would help give the Lakers the ability to win a third consecutive title. None of these players would change L.A.'s starting lineup from a season ago, but each would have an opportunity to be a significant role players for the world champions.