The Lakers entered the 2012-13 season as championship contenders in the eyes of fans and media members following a summer that added marquee talents Dwight Howard and Steve Nash. In fact, some fans and pundits were calling for a 73-9 record, which would eclipse the best regular-season record ever (72-10) by the Chicago Bulls.
In September of last year, I wrote that the Lakers would finish third in the Western Conference with a 59-23 record. That stance led fans to call me an “idiot” and a “joke." As it stands, even my modest prediction of third place in the Western Conference is laughable given how putrid the Lakers have been at times this season. I predicted that the Lakers would have a difficult time finding team chemistry, but nobody could have predicted just how inconsistent this team would eventually be.
Not only will the Lakers have an extremely difficult time competing for a championship, but they are also on the outside looking in at a playoff berth. There’s still a chance that the Lakers will grab a postseason seed, but it’s now fair to call their dream season dead for a variety of reasons.