Los Angeles Lakers: Can They Repeat with Kobe Bryant’s Bad Knee?

After starting the 2010-11 NBA season by winning their first eight games, the Lakers have had their fair share of ups and downs as of late.

Kobe Bryant, the Lakers' star shooting guard, has been plagued by injury for much of the year, and just doesn't look like the Kobe Bryant that fans have been accustomed to seeing. Recently, Bryant went on record as saying that he hasn't had a full-strength practice all season because he has very little cartilage under his right knee cap.

Bryant has had three separate operations on the knee, and it has noticeably slowed him down at times. Nonetheless, we are talking about one of the best players to ever play the game who, regardless of injury, always seems to be at his best when the postseason roles around.

I'm going to break down five reasons why the Lakers can repeat with Kobe's bad knee, and five reasons why they will not repeat as NBA champions.

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