Though the Lakers are off to a less-than-flattering start to the regular season, the talent on their docket alone is enough to indicate this team can make a title push. Everything they've done over the last six months, from trading for Dwight Howard and Steve Nash to hiring Mike D'Antoni, has been geared toward making it so.
But right now, names are all Los Angeles has. It doesn't have the chemistry or execution levels necessary to consistently live up to expectations, to lay the groundwork for a championship dynasty.
That, however, stands to change. It has to. The Lakers are too talented to dwell within the confines of mediocrity.
Yet reality will not change on its own; the Lakers have to reverse it themselves.
And the only way for Kobe Bryant and company to assume that championship worthy identity is to correct what has become an ever-growing accumulation of tactical misdoings.
All stats in this article are accurate as of November 23rd, 2012.