Wherever rock bottom may be, the Los Angeles Lakers can only hope they've found it.
A 100-94 road loss to Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers leaves the Purple and Gold at 9-13 through their first 22 games. The Lakers have lost their last three, five of their last six and seven of 11 since Mike D'Antoni first debuted on the bench on November 20th.
Steve Nash, Pau Gasol and Steve Blake remain sidelined by their respective injuries, but absences can only excuse the poor play of those able-bodied Lakers so much. Simply put, a squad built around a pair of All-Stars as prolific as Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard shouldn't be losing to the likes of the Cavs, the Orlando Magic, the Houston Rockets, the Sacramento Kings, the Portland Trail Blazers and the Utah Jazz (twice).
Of course, that doesn't change the fact that the Lakers have lost to teams with lesser talent on an all-too-regular basis. Six of their 13 defeats to this point have come against opponents who currently own sub-.500 records. They're also 2-7 on the road and 1-12 in games decided by 10 points or fewer.
However you slice it, the Lakers are in disarray right now. With the dearth of good news for Angelenos ongoing, let's have a look at who's to blame—and, proportionally, how much—for the Lakers' frustrating start to the 2012-13 NBA season.