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Basketball by Association: Are the L.A. Lakers a Top-5 Team With a Healthy Steve Nash?

January 2nd, 2013

Sitting under .500 and out of the Western Conference Playoff picture, the L.A. Lakers still have a lot of questions to answer.

They're certainly not going to get any younger.

Yet, with Steve Nash's return, Dwight Howard's continuously rehabbing back and the chance to finally play together as a group, the Lakers still have one of the highest potential ceilings in the NBA.

On this episode of Basketball by Association, NBA Assistant Editors Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes welcome NBA Lead Writer Jonathan Wasserman to debate whether the Lakers are elite in the NBA, their conference or anywhere just yet.

And if not yet, then when?

Check out compelling NBA coverage from these guys and more here.