Point guard, small forward, the bench, and outside shooting were the main problems. They also need a player that can take some of the pressure off of Kobe Bryant.
It was also suggested that they get younger and more athletic to compete with teams like the Thunder and Miami Heat. That way, they could keep up with the up-tempo style of play the top two NBA teams have.
But younger is also less experienced, which cost the Thunder against the Heat in the finals. If the Lakers are going to win another title during the Kobe Bryant era, they can't wait for younger players to come around.
So out of dead nowhere, the Lakers made the ultimate win-now move and got Steve Nash. Nash increases the age of the Lakers point guard position by 12 years over former Lakers point guard Ramon Sessions.
But he also increases the Lakers chances of winning an NBA championship.
Turn the page to see how and why.