The Los Angeles Lakers need to make an end-of-year resolution. One that starts now. Before Steve Nash returns.
With a payroll that exceeds $100 million, the Lakers should not be playing like a sub-.500 team. And yet, here they are—losing.
A paramount illustration of said struggles came against a clearly inferior Houston Rockets team. Up 13 with less than 10 minutes left, the Lakers allowed the Rockets to drop 30 points and ultimately win the game.
That can't happen. None of this should be happening, and that includes waiting anxiously by the mess that has become Los Angeles' loss column in hopes that Nash—who is due back in 10-14 days as of December 2nd—will save them.
Simply put, the Lakers need to begin to get their act together now, leading into 2013. Yet with games against New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors, among others, on the horizon, regaining their footing in the standings is not going to be easy.
Will the Lakers be able to keep themselves afloat until Nash returns? Will they be able to head into the New Year without despising themselves?
Will they be able to begin to right an ever-growing list of cumulative wrongs before it's too late?
Let's find out.
All stats in this article are accurate as of December 5th, 2012 unless otherwise noted.