Los Angeles Lakers' 4 Biggest Threats in Western Conference

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Los Angeles Lakers' 4 Biggest Threats in Western Conference
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For the first time since the start of the 2008-09 season, the Los Angeles Lakers will not be starting the new season as the defending champions. And despite losing Phil Jackson to retirement, trading their best bench player in Lamar Odom and more transactions likely on the horizon, it will still be “championship or bust” for the Lakers this season.

But before the team can start thinking about hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy too much, they must worry about their foes in the always wildly competitive Western Conference.

Here are the Lakers’ biggest threats in the Western Conference this season.

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