The 2012-13 campaign for the Los Angeles Lakers is going to be a critical season for the veteran team. The Lakers are going into the season with a "win now" mentality, as some of the core members of the Lakers roster are aging and expect to bring home the NBA title sooner rather than later.
Not only are the Lakers aging, but they also have a handful of players only under contract for the short term. Kobe Bryant is approaching the final two seasons of his deal and has mentioned retiring when it expires. Dwight Howard is in the final year of his deal and will be looking for an extension following the season. Offseason acquisitions Antawn Jamison and Jodie Meeks were brought in for one-year deals as well.
Simply put, the current edition of the Lakers has a very small window to win and win now. For that to happen, a number of key steps must be executed throughout training camp and into the regular season.
With that said, let's examine and address the steps that will lead the Lakers to becoming the top team in the NBA in the following slides, in chronological order.