Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant may have already guaranteed that his team will make the playoffs (per Jack McCallum of Sports Illustrated), but the Lakers still have a variety of hurdles they need to overcome to enable a legitimate playoff push.
There’s no question that the Lakers’ 2012-13 campaign has been a disaster thus far. Coaching changes, injuries and an overall lack of team chemistry has all but destroyed the championship hype this team attained after trading for Steve Nash and Dwight Howard.
With that said, the Lakers still have a chance at reaching the postseason. In fact, the Lakers may be able to make some noise in the playoffs if they can find an identity moving forward.
Before any of that can happen, however, the Lakers need to overcome some evident obstacles.