Not a lot has gone right to start the Los Angeles Lakers' season. That's reflected in their win/loss record and the fact that they replaced their coach, Mike Brown, after a 1-4 start.
Beyond the spotty play on both sides of the ball, one thing that's been noticeable is that the players haven't seemed to be on the same page.
A lot of that is due to unfamiliarity, especially in the starting unit, but it has also been because the players seem to be thinking about what they should be doing on the floor as individuals rather than how they fit into the larger team concept.
Basketball can't be played at its highest level when this is the case. Basketball requires that all the players see the floor the same way and react to the circumstances they face together while moving in the same direction.
In essence, the players need a chemistry on the floor that can connect them to perform at their best.
Variables like not playing together, learning a complicated offense or off-court distractions can make building those connections harder. But ultimately, teams need to bring the focus back to building a solid foundation together in order to become the best team they can be.
This is especially true for the Lakers. They've had a whirlwind start to the season, but things are about to settle down for them.
They've hired a new coach and should now try to put all the distractions behind them in order to win games. And to do just that, it will require they find some of that chemistry that's been missing to start their season.
Let's explore some ways the Lakers can get it done.