If Shaq's back, L.A. will return to Finals

If Shaquille O'Neal remains physically fit, the Lakers will be in great shape to win it all.

Updated: October 6, 2003, 11:56 AM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
Editor's note: Here's a glimpse of the good -- and the bad -- that could happen to the 2003-04 Los Angeles Lakers.

Best Case Scenario
To win their fourth championship in the past five seasons -- and maybe even make a run at 70 wins -- these three things need to happen.

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• Began covering the NBA in 1993-94
• Also covered soccer, tennis and the Olympics