The L.A. Lakers—who began the season a pathetic 1-4—gave new meaning to the expression "slow start". More than a facilitator for their offense, this bunch needed a resuscitator.
It wasn't so much about things going wrong. It was that nothing seemed to be going right for an organization that's quite accustomed to having its way on and off the court.
Expectations have been higher than usual in championship-hungry Los Angeles, mainly because the team added Dwight Howard and Steve Nash to a starting lineup that already included perennial All-Stars Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant.
The Lakers finished last season getting dumped on by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second round of the playoffs. Surely, they'd come out of the starting gate this fall and quickly establish themselves with their new-look Princeton offense led by their new superstar point guard and center.
Even a winless preseason couldn't dampen coach Mike Brown's enthusiasm for what he envisioned once the real season got under way. What he didn't see coming was a 1-4 start and his own dismissal, the second earliest firing of a head coach since Dolph Schayes of the old Buffalo Braves resigned after just one game in 1971.
Quicker than you can yell "Metta, don't shoot that three-pointer", the Lakers came roaring back after the Brown firing to win five of their next six games.
As Mike D'Antoni made his debut Tuesday night, a 95-90 win over Brooklyn, it's become obvious that after their very slow beginning, the Lakers are speeding up in more ways than one.
Let's take a look at why the Lakers are coming together so quickly after such a slow beginning.