The Los Angeles Lakers enter the 2010-11 season as the reigning NBA champion, and are returning all of the key pieces from last season's championship run. The Lakers even have the luxury of not facing the most scrutiny or media attention in camp—even as the two-time defending champions.
That honor is held by the new look Miami Heat and their Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh.
The Lakers are more than happy to just cruise through the preseason and into the regular season with as little fanfare and hype as possible. The possibilities are endless for stories regarding this team. Kobe Bryant is aging and battling lingering knee issues. Derek Fisher feels that the Lakers underpaid him. Lamar Odom spent his summer playing for the US team, what impact will that have on him?
Phil Jackson is going for his 12th career ring—could this be his last season win or lose?
With all of these story lines and more there is a lot to talk about with these Lakers, but even with the uncertainty many consider them the favorite to repeat as NBA champions for the third season in a row. Now for a closer look at the Lakers, and 10 Bold predictions for their upcoming season.