We're only 19 games into the Los Angeles Lakers' season and most people are ready to write them off as championship contenders already. The media, and even some of the more loyal fans, are calling it a lost season for the team that had won two consecutive titles just a season-and-a-half ago.
While younger teams have continued to develop throughout the NBA, it's been speculated that the Lakers no longer have the energy or talent to compete. The 11-8 record has rightfully been referred to as a disappointing start, but it may not be as serious as many people are making out to be. Just a season ago the Miami Heat faced a similar problem after starting 9-8; they came within two games of winning an NBA Championship.
Here are a few reasons why the Lakers still have as good a chance as any team to add another Larry O'Brien Trophy to their collection.