Disappointment is a part of the NBA, but there comes a point when it's excessive, demeaning and outright depressing. Just ask the Los Angeles Lakers.
Kobe Bryant and his current crew are off to one of the most disappointing starts in league history. Yes, there have been teams with much worse records, but have any of them come into the season generating as much hype as this year's Laker squad did?
And yet this degree of disillusion is no foreign concept. Plenty of teams have fallen victim to lofty expectations over the years.
I'm not talking about mediocre entities fighting for a playoff spot either. I'm talking modern and past super teams and convocations that were coming off glorious seasons. I'm talking about incredibly talented brigades that couldn't even begin to live up to the early season bars that were set for them.
But do any of those disenchanting starts compare to the nightmare the 2012-13 Lakers have been? And were any of them able to right their ship, thus providing some semblance of hope for the Lakers of today?
Let's find out.
All stats in this article are accurate as of December 12, 2012.