They've gone from a Championship Team to a mediocre, unpredictable club in a few short years. Once feared as the two-time Defending Champ, the Los Angeles Lakers have turned into just another middle of the pack team in the deep Western Conference.
Oh, how they have fallen.
The Lakers face a myriad of problems, issues, and challenges if they want Kobe to hoist another Larry O'Brien trophy.
They are inconsistent. They are hard to predict. The Purple and Gold have always had a strong bench. Check that, they used to be known for their strong bench. They used to have some of the top coaches in the game, but the current one is struggling to find his way among the glitz and glamor of Southern California. Their Hall of Fame superstar has put the team on his back, sure, but he is pressing and drastically needs some help. The man making the personnel moves has made some moves that haven't moved anyone. And the "chosen one", Jim Buss—talk about big shoes to fill.