The Los Angeles Lakers are fervently hoping that 2013 is kinder to them than 2012 was. Even after assembling a star-studded cast of four future Hall-of-Famers, the Lakers are currently under .500 after a New Year's Day home loss to the Philadelphia Sixers.
All that is about to change.
Every day that passes is another day that the Lakers become more familiar with Mike D'Antoni's system and build chemistry with their maestro Steve Nash. It's also one day further removed from the injury hampering Dwight Howard's usual dominance.
With more cumulative reps and perhaps some tinkering by their ever-resourceful front office, the Lakers will be heard from in 2013. Here are 10 bold predictions for the new year.
Note: All statistics accurate as of January 2.