When looking at the big, season-long picture, there's a lot to like about the Los Angeles Lakers. They have an excellent starting five, an improved bench and the playoff experience necessary to contend for an NBA title.
But there's no doubting that L.A. has gotten off to a slow start. And it's not just about their subpar record. There's been an injury preventing the team from building chemistry, some of the new acquisitions haven't hit the ground running and the defense has yet to fire on all cylinders.
That's expected with a team that has had as much roster turnover as the Lakers did this offseason. We knew it would take time to get everybody on the same page. Nonetheless, there are some areas of this team that could become worrisome as it goes forward in the season.
Speaking of which, here are five troubling signs from the L.A. Lakers' early season games...
Note: To be clear, this isn't a projection of what will or won't happen going forward. It's simply a reflection of what's happened so far. So while some of these signs may be troubling through the team's first five games, their inclusion doesn't necessarily mean they're something that'll plague the team all season long.