From the looks of things, it seems as though the Los Angeles Lakers are going to the playoffs. However, this accomplishment is bittersweet. Kobe Bryant, the mainstay of the team for the better part of a decade, is out for the season with a fractured Achilles tendon.
Despite the sudden loss of the Lakers' captain, L.A. must move forward, and with the postseason coming around the corner, the team will need to move rather quickly.
Bryant's absence forces L.A. to rethink its strategy, namely when it comes to who will be on the court come playoff time. Who will step up? Who can step up? Who will be the key role players?