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The easy thing to write here would be, "Bwahahahahaha!!!!" and leave it at that.
After all, the Lakers here are pretty much a comedy.
First they pulled the Lucy with a football stunt on their fans. They went out and dealt to get Steve Nash and Dwight Howard, two future Hall of Fame players, to add to two others, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. They also had Ron Artest, a former Defensive Player of the Year.
The Lakers were going to feature a starting lineup that had combined for three MVPs, four Defensive Players of the year, 35 All-Star appearances, 30 All-NBA teams and 18 All-Defense teams. The Lakers weren't just title contenders, they were contenders for the greatest team ever assembled.
Enter Charlie Brown. Kick the ball Charlie Brown. Fall on the ground Charlie Brown. Laugh Lucy.
As the collective Lakers Nation stands, wiping the proverbial grass from their stained pants, they realize, this is really happening.
The Lakers were losing like Smush Parker et al were in the lineup.
They thought it was the coaching staff, so they fired Mike Brown and hired Mike D'Antoni. The Mike swap hasn't helped though. The Lakers still stink.
The legendary starting five have won none of the whopping five games they started together.
They are proud owners of the 18th best record in the NBA at 21-24. They just got their doors blown off by the Boston Celtics. It was their worst regular season beatdown in Beantown since 1991.
Gasol is out with an injury. Howard is playing injured.
The team which was once favored to win a title is now considered a team which may not even have a realistic shot at the playoffs.
Bryant and Howard are sniping at one another and denying the sniping. The reality is that it's hard to see those two working things out, and with Howard entering free agency, he might not stick around in the pleasant climes of SoCal because he doesn't like the heat in the locker room.
The Lakers looked just two months ago like the empire would continue. Now the 2013 Lakers look like the 410 version of Rome. Every empire must eventually end. It looks like the Lakers' "Aleric 1" is at the gates.