Los Angeles Lakers fans may be a little hesitant to expect a title this year and for good reason. A 16-12 record is nothing to brag about, and with so many contending teams in the Western Conference this year, a playoff bid is no guarantee for Kobe Bryant and company.
If the playoffs started today, the Lakers would just barely make the cut in the sixth playoff slot so fans can breathe easy for now. However, there is still another half of the season left to play, and anything can happen.
Second-half meltdowns have ruined seasons for countless teams in the past, so it's not unheard of for a good team to miss out on the playoffs late. All that aside, Lakers fans shouldn't lose hope on the thought of another championship.
Here are five reasons fans should still have title aspirations.