Despite the success the Los Angeles Lakers' had pushing their way back into the playoff picture, there is no doubt that there are a myriad of issues the Lakers have to worry about during the offseason.
While Kobe Bryant's injury has brought a strange dynamic to the Lakers' choices in the offseason, it is apparent that an end of an era is coming.
With Jim Buss trying to carve a niche outside of his father's shadows, there is no telling how these issues will be handled.
Dwight Howard's future, the lingering amnesty clause and various other issues that cloud the Lakers' future are the breaking points regarding whether or not the Lakers can remain competitive in a very competitive Western Conference.
However, while the Lakers rarely missed the playoffs during the Bryant era, their success in the next era hinges on the moves made during this offseason.