Friday September 26th, 2014

Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said Friday that the team expects to win a championship.

The Lakers finished last season with the second-worst record (27-55) in the Western Conference.

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This offseason, the Lakers added power forwards Carlos Boozer and Ed Davis and guards Wayne Ellington and Ronnie Price. The team also re-signed guards Xavier Henry and Nick Young and forwards Wesley Johnson, Jordan Hill and Ryan Kelly.

The Lakers also drafted former Kentucky power forward Julius Randle with the No. 7 pick in the draft.

The team lost multiple players in free agency, including guards Kent Bazemore, Jodie Meeks and Jordan Farmar, power forward Pau Gasol and center Chris Kaman.

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Kupchak also said that star shooting guard Kobe Bryant, who missed all but six games last season due to injuries, has lost 10-12 pounds. Bryant is ranked No. 24 on SI.com's list of the top 100 players for 2014-15.

- Chris Johnson

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