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Lakers thrilled to finish No. 2 as balls fall in NBA draft lottery

Lakers thrilled to finish No. 2 as balls fall in NBA draft lottery

The most backward of all Lakers seasons appropriately ended Tuesday with the most unique of giddy chants.

"We're No. 2 …We're No. 2 …"

For a franchise that bases its entire self-worth on championships, never before has finishing second felt so much like winning. The magic they haven't been able to summon with a basketball just happened with four ping-pong balls. The seven months worth of beatings they just endured have ended with them standing and grinning.

For an upcoming NBA draft that has exactly two potential franchise-changing 6-foot-11 stars, the Lakers were awarded the second pick Tuesday, jumping up from their designated fourth spot in the...

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