With only eight games left in the season, Lakers’ fans have acquired an unusually long list of worries about this team.
Usually a team improves over the span of a season unless crippled by injuries. The Lakers have been surprisingly injury free considering the age of their starters. Perhaps the inability to run fast or jump high has saved players from injuries suffered by younger more athletic players.
On Sunday, the Lakers lost to an undermanned, inferior Suns team by 20 points without Kobe Bryant. This would be alarming on its own, except the Lakers had a miracle comeback against an even more undermanned last place Hornets team in New Orleans two nights later.
With the help of the struggling and generally inept Clippers, the Lakers will win their division once more. But the Lakers are on a pace to lose more than 25 games in a truncated season, which is more than you would expect of them in a complete 82 game season.
All this despite only one change in the starting lineup, Ramon Sessions at point guard, that was an upgrade over the aging and slower Derek Fisher.
Why is this team playing so poorly? And why are Lakers’ fans so worried about this team? Here are five things fans are worried about that are unlikely to change before the end of the season or in the playoffs.