Here we are again. The most enthralling part of the NBA postseason is upon the Lakers.
No confetti. No Game 7s. Just 14 ping-pong balls in a plastic drum that bounce around via air current, blowing franchises into or out of contention for the world's top three amateur players.
It's another mid-May, and instead of trips to purple-and-gold-hating arenas, the Lakers will send General Manager Mitch Kupchak to a New York hotel for Tuesday night's draft lottery.
It's routine these days, the third trip in a row to lotteryville for the Lakers. The stakes seemingly increase every year, and the key number this time is 55.8% — the chances the Lakers...