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Corey Maggette
For Lakers, 'Wait 'til next year' is more, 'Wait, what comes next year?'
For Lakers, 'Wait 'til next year' is more, 'Wait, what comes next year?'

The Lakers won't be sweeping confetti from their hair next June. Figueroa will be bereft of purple and gold. That over-30 wins wager you made last month? Doesn't look so solid right now. These are sad times for Lakers fans who, at the risk of sounding like Clippers followers over the decades, can already adopt rueful "Wait 'til next year" smiles. But what exactly is in store for them? Certainly sunnier skies, no? It's only a maybe. Call it partly cloudy with time needed for hailstorms to clear. Patience and luck required too for a franchise that turned four players into Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, morphed Kwame Brown into Pau Gasol and took a gamble on a...

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