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Lakers' weak team remains a strong draw, thanks to Kobe Bryant's farewell

Lakers' weak team remains a strong draw, thanks to Kobe Bryant's farewell

Followers of the Lakers are painfully aware of it: Their team is one of the NBA's worst.

Trackers of leaguewide popularity are acutely aware of a different notion: The Lakers are among the NBA's best.

Win or lose, the Lakers are a strong draw in many basketball corners because of Kobe Bryant's final season.

The Lakers are a weak 2-15 away from Staples Center but own the NBA's best road attendance with an average of 19,223 fans. Cleveland is next at 18,979.

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