The Los Angeles Lakers experiment is finally starting to turn the corner as they've won five of their past six games. However, it's been a lot of work to get to this point, and we can all learn a little something from this team's journey.
Los Angeles was a train wreck for a good portion of the season. The Lakers were losing games in bunches, players were getting injured left and right, and the team just never fit together throughout the 2012 portion of the schedule.
They did put together a run of games here and there, but inconsistency has left quite a bit more work on their plate than they could have hoped for at this point in the season.
A lot of us had pegged the Lakers to win the Western Conference before the season, yet at this point we're still speculating as to whether or not they can even make the playoffs.
Given time, they should be able to string together enough wins to make the playoffs—in which case we'll all look back at this and laugh. Until then, there are a handful of lessons to be learned from what the Lakers have done so far this season.