NBA Playoffs 2011: Larry Bird and the LA Lakers' Biggest Playoff Tormentors

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NBA Playoffs 2011: Larry Bird and the LA Lakers' Biggest Playoff Tormentors

The Los Angeles Lakers have a storied history of playoff success, but while their legacy as an elite NBA franchise is indisputable, many times their championship hopes have been thwarted by players and teams. After the Game 1 loss on Sunday to the New Orleans Hornets, the Lakers again were tormented by one player—Chris Paul.

The list of the Lakers' tormentors is long and covers the team’s entire history. Sometimes it is an entire team, an opponent the Lakers could never overcome. Other times, it is one specific player who is the thorn in the Lakers’ side.

While Chris Paul emerged as the latest LA tormentor, here’s the list of the Lakers' top 10 all-time tormentors.

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