The 5 Biggest Lakers Storylines Heading into the Regular Season

Los Angeles Lakers' coach Phil Jackson gestures from the bench against the Boston Celtics during the first half of Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals basketball series in Los Angeles, California, June 17, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

The Last Season
In all likelihood, this will be the final season of Phil Jackson’s illustrious coaching career. No head coach has ever accomplished more, not in basketball or any other professional sport. Since the salary cap was instituted in 1984 as an attempt to ensure more competitive balance, only three teams have been able to accomplish the elusive three-peat.

What do all three teams have in common? They were all coached by Phil Jackson. Even though Pat Riley trademarked the phrased “Three-peat”, Phil Jackson owns it. To put things into perspective, not even the coach/player duo of Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan, the greatest power forward/center of all-time, have ever won consecutive titles, let alone a three-peat. The Zen Master is on the verge of his fourth such feat.

This should be one of the most exciting seasons in recent memory. Let the countdown to the three-peat begin.

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