No team since the 1960s, not Jordan's Bulls or Magic's Lakers or Bird's Celtics, has won four straight conference titles.
The LA Lakers have to enter the 2010-2011 season feeling pretty confident they will be the first.
Since the Pau Gasol heist in 2008, LA has dominated the Western Conference unchallenged. In an instant, one of the most competitive conferences in league history, where all eight playoff teams won 50 or more games, became one of the most one-sided.
LA has been the No. 1 seed in the West the last three seasons and rolled through the playoffs with a 36-13 record against conference foes.
Their biggest competitors have been either too old (Dallas and San Antonio) or too young (Portland and Oklahoma City) or just too injury-prone (Houston). Can anyone find just the right formula for beating them?
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