Stephen Dunn/Getty Images
If you don't box out, don't put a hand in your defender's face, let the man you're guarding walk around you and stand pat in one spot on offense, you're going to lose the game 90 percent of the time.
Simple fundamentals like these are so easy to understand, yet the Lakers just can't seem to grasp them. This has been a problem in years past, and it seems to be a problem again now.
I thought the addition of Steve Nash and Dwight Howard might light a fire under the Lakers, but that wasn't the case at all, at least not during this game.
If the Lakers plan on enjoying any success this season, they'll need every player—not just Metta World Peace—to look like he actually wants to be on the court on a nightly basis.
I don't want to hear that the Lakers are a playoff team and the regular season doesn't matter to them. These athletes make on average $5 million a season, and being in better condition than 99 percent of society, I'm sure that they won't land themselves in the hospital if they break a sweat.
If the Lakers believe that they'll coast through the regular season and turn their energy meters on once the playoffs roll around, they are in for a rude awakening.