Los Angeles Lakers: Assessing the Top 7 Expectations for 2012-13

September 25th, 2012 by Darius Soriano Leave a reply »
The Los Angeles Lakers enter the 2012-13 season with a revamped roster and renewed purpose. 

While the Lakers are always a team looking to finish the season winning their last game, heading into 2012-13 they've built a roster that can actually achieve that goal. From starters to bench, the team offers both top-end talent and dependable depth that can guide them through an arduous 82-game campaign. Combine this group of players with an improved coaching staff, and the front office has also added the sideline leaders the team needs to improve upon past season's failures.

But, with such talented new additions come expectations. 

This team will be expected to achieve certain milestones throughout the season in order to be viewed as a group that reached their ceiling. Not doing so means falling short in some way—it means they've left something on the table that was theirs to be had.

And make no mistake, these expectations come with burdens attached—burdens that can weigh heavily and serve as distractions ready to derail the Lakers off their path to reach their ultimate goals.

Will this team be mentally str ...

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