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I may not be a Los Angeles fan, but I definitely expect the Lakers to finish the 2012-13 season with a much stronger record than they've started with.
The West Coast team is transitioning into their new celebrity roster, and finding a chemistry between Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Dwight Howard will be tough.
Nash's nagging leg injury has kept the point guard sidelined for a majority of the first month. When he returns to form, it will immediately improve LA's offensive game.
Besides a new lineup and Nash's injury, the Lakers are obviously dealing with the league's top coaching drama of the season.
L.A fired head coach Mike Brown only five games into the 2012-13 season, and Bernie Bickerstaff is currently serving as interim head coach. Former Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni accepted the coaching position last week, and he is slated to take the floor Tuesday night against Brooklyn.
I don't think D'Antoni will be the fix-all solution for L.A., but his strict coaching style will help the veteran-filled squad re-orientate and begin working together toward the 2013 postseason.