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Lakers hope their lottery season is as good as one Spurs had in 1997
Lakers hope their lottery season is as good as one Spurs had in 1997

If the Lakers ever need inspiration during their darkest season ever, they can always look to one of their sworn enemies. The San Antonio Spurs were there too, not that long ago. They lost future Hall of Famer center David Robinson for almost an entire season, finished 20-62, got lucky in the lottery and won Tim Duncan with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1997 draft. The Spurs have taken four championships since then and own the NBA's best record this season with Duncan still a huge factor, averaging 15.1 points and 9.9 rebounds at age 37. As a casual reminder of the importance of lottery picks, San Antonio (50-16) plays the Lakers (22-44) on Wednesday at Staples Center. Their...

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