Lakers swept into season of uncertainty

The Lakers‘ season ended amid a firestorm of "Beat L.A." chants and a complete undoing at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks in a surprisingly early phase of the NBA playoffs.

The Mavericks won Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals Sunday,
122-86, and it could only get worse for the Lakers in what will surely
be a long, agonizing off-season.

Their roster is aging. Their team looks slow. Their spending power is
hamstrung by salary-cap guidelines that might get tighter with 22 of 30
teams claiming to lose money this season.The Lakers checked into training camp last September with the potential
for a rare "three-peat" after winning two consecutive championships.

Instead they were swept away by Dallas, failing to win a game in the
series as Mavericks fans joyously sung along to a goofy scoreboard
ditty, "Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be Lakers fans.",0,5392186.story

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