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.
In the days after Bryant's retirement announcement three weeks ago, ticket resales to see the...