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This story is part of ESPN The Magazines Oct. sWell Marble Water Bottle Canada . 31 NBA Preview Issue. Subscribe today!Los Angeles LakersOverall: 109 Title track: 29 Ownership: 73 Coaching: 72 Players: 109 Fan relations: 112 Affordability: 116 Stadium experience: 80 Bang for the buck: 120 Change from last year: -8Coming off their worst season in franchise history and after missing the playoffs three straight seasons, is it any wonder the rebuilding Lakers continue their Ultimate Standings slide? The (somewhat) bright side: Kobe Bryant and Byron Scott are out, which gives Luke Walton and the Lakers kids a chance to start anew.Whats goodThe Lakers boast the most wins in NBA history and the second-most titles (16). With their Hollywood allure and deep pockets, history has shown that this franchise is always one big move from greatness, so the title track remains strong (29 overall). Fans are hoping those big moves might have already happened: The teams all-under-24 core, headlined by Brandon Ingram and DAngelo Russell -- the past two No. 2 overall picks - offers hope. But the Lakers will still get crushed most nights, especially in the merciless Western Conference. The good, old days grow ever distant. For now, fans can count on another draft lottery appearance -- the teams fourth straight.Whats badBryant and his two-year deal for $48 million are out the door, but beyond the unproven potential of fledgling talent (with a 109th-place ranking in players, fans clearly arent convinced), there isnt much to be excited about on the court. With Bryant departed, the Lakers bang for the buck ranking fell to last among NBA teams and third-worst overall. Even if the Mamba wasnt always his old self, he was appointment viewing (reference: his 60-point finale). The Lakers tickets remain pricey -- an average $103 a ticket, cheaper only than the Knicks -- so their affordability is also quickly approaching rock-bottom.Whats newThe Lakers lost a franchise-worst 61 games in Byron Scotts first season, then lost four more than that in his second. Along the way, his old-school rhetoric -- such as lambasting the deluge of 3-pointers -- and penchant for roasting young players wore fans patience thin. Enter Luke Walton, a former Laker who played (and won titles) under Phil Jackson and coached alongside Steve Kerr. Walton is a rising star and a much-needed upgrade (hence the 29-point boost in coaching, up out of the triple digits), but the leagues youngest coach (age 36) has a long road ahead to return the cellar-dwelling Lakers to contending status.Next: Brooklyn Nets?| Full rankings Swell Wood Bottle Canada . 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TROON, Scotland -- Theyve been waiting a long time for a home winner in these parts.Hoylake had Rory McIlroy in 2014, while Royal St Georges had Darren Clarkes emotional victory in 2011. But you have to scroll back to 1923 and Arthur Havers to find a British winner at Royal Troon.In fact, its the Americans who have Troon all sewn up, winning the last six Open Championships staged at the South Ayrshire course in a run dating back to the great Arnold Palmers victory in 1962.While Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and the rest of the present crop of leading Americans are sure to be in the mix for the Claret Jug come Sunday, theres reason to be hopeful of a home victory this year -- hopes hinged, as usual, on Northern Irelands McIlroy.The 27-year-old is due for another major. Not since the 2014 PGA Championship has he topped the standings in one of golfs biggest four events, and hell be relishing the chance to reignite his career with a fifth major on home shores.Theres a problem, though. While McIlroys third place at the Open de France earlier this month hinted at a return to form following a miserable U.S. Open tilt, his preparations in Scotland have been far from straightforward.Regardless of whether he set out to be deliberately provocative, his comments on Tuesday about the irrelevance of golf in the Olympics caused a stir and ensured his face was splashed across Wednesdays newspapers for reasons other than his Troon challenge.The furor is sure to come as an unwelcome distraction as he navigates the week ahead. Will fans be a little more muted in their campaigning for him after he revealed he does not feel a responsibility to grow the game? Thursdays tee shot on the first could be a revealing moment.Two men who are going to Rio are Englands Justin Rose and Danny Willett, and both look in good shape coming to Troon.Rose has been camped out in the town for a week already, taking in the sea air and acclimatising ahead of what could be a strong challenge on the weekend. While he used a press conference on Wednesday morning to affirm his commitment to the British cause in Rio, hes firmly focused on the Claret Jug this week and theres a determined glint in his eye.The 35-year-old finished in a respectable tie for sixth at St Andrews last year, but three misseed cuts in the last six Open Championships means he comes to Troon with a record to set straight. Swell Water Bottle Wood. .Obviously my Open Championship form is something Ive definitely been conscious about, and really doing my best to turn around, Rose said on Tuesday. I think last year was obviously a nice step in the right direction.Im at the point where Im focusing on my performance rather than just trying to get fit. So I feel like its about the right time for me to start turning into a couple good results and Im excited about it.Of course, Roses Team Great Britain teammate Willett comes to Troon with a major already under his belt, having claimed the Masters title in stunning fashion earlier this year. But where did he finish at St Andrews 12 months ago? Neatly tied for sixth, with Rose.Being British, this is one you want to get your hands on, Willett said on Tuesday. I had a bit of a taste of it at St Andrews last year. Playing the last few holes, I was obviously in contention, and then being able to win at Augusta was awesome.To be able to come here as a major champion and get the crowds with us would be fantastic on Thursday morning. It will be really, really special.Beyond that big three of British golf, dare we mention the chances of someone such as Lee Westwood? The perennial nearly-man of major golf tournaments on both sides of the pond, Westwood was in contention at last months U.S. Open before a closing-round 80 saw him plummet to a tie for 32nd.Second at St Andrews in 2010 and third at Muirfield in 2013, if Westwood could just make it stick on Sunday then Troon could be the venue that sees him break his duck at age 43.As for a truly home winner, the Scottish challenge is likely to be led by Inverness Russell Knox. He missed the cut in his open debut last time out but has since claimed a World Golf Championship and turned in a strong performance at last weeks Scottish Open.While Knox has since become something of an adopted American, playing almost all his golf in the States, the fans will be rooting for him as a true blue Scot if hes in contention on Sunday. But a British winner of any sort would be special this year. ' ' ' 
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