The Los Angeles Lakers' season has certainly provided the rest of the league's teams with plenty of valuable lessons. Ironically, though, most of the instructive takeaways from L.A.'s epically disappointing campaign have been cautionary tales.
Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak, at the direction of out-of-his-depth owner Jim Buss, has put on a clinic on how not to run a franchise. Nobody would have suspected that to be the case a few months ago.
If the Lakers somehow put together a run that helps them sneak into the playoffs, it will almost certainly be because their top four players (all of whom are unaccustomed to losing) sort out the current mess amongst themselves. Whatever success the team might squeeze from this rotten season will have little to do with the disorganized front office.
Buss and Kupchak have officially lost the benefit of the doubt, and they may be falling behind the times.
The NBA is changing. Salary cap rules and analytics are forcing intelligent teams to make tough decisions. And while it might still be the case that the best collection of talent ultimately produces the best team, we're seeing that accumulating that talent without considering how it'll work together can produce results that are less than ideal.
The season isn't over, but, right now, there are a whole bunch of valuable lessons the rest of the league's teams and GMs can take from what has, so far, been a disastrous Lakers season.