Biggest Questions L.A. Lakers Must Answer in 2013 Offseason

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Biggest Questions L.A. Lakers Must Answer in 2013 Offseason
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Lakers mourned the passing of owner Jerry Buss. A lot of fans are still saddened that Phil Jackson no longer coaches the team.

The Los Angeles Lakers 2012-13 season is about to go down as one of the most over-hyped, over-anticipated, enormously disappointing campaigns in team history.

Forget the tacos:  Los Angeles Lakers management should be offering deep discount refunds to all 19,060 people who attend the Lakers' so-called playoff game today against the San Antonio Spurs.

Friday's 120-89 loss to the Spurs goes down as the worst in Lakers home playoff history—what an utter embarrassment

Granted, the team needed a M.A.S.H. unit to deal with the pile of injured guards, forwards and centers who used to make up the front line of players in Los Angeles.  But injuries are a part of the game, and the good teams find a way to win with deep benches—something the Lakers know nothing of this year. 

Can you name one player on the Lakers who went the entire season without some sort of calamity?  Oh yes, those strangers in Lakers uniforms sitting at the end of the bench who never got into games: Robert Sacre, Devin Ebanks, Chris Duhon and Darius Morris.

And isn't it ironic that even the Lakers' not-so-new-anymore head coach Mike D'Antoni arrived limping in L.A. after having just undergone his own knee surgery prior to getting the call and gig from team general manager Mitch Kupchak back in November?

We can all sit back and place blame for this disastrous season on injuries and a coach with no training camp, but you can also lay blame at the feet of owner Jim Buss and GM Mitch Kupchak for assembling the wrong players in the first place and then not making moves at the trading deadline this past February.

Any way you slice it, the Lakers of today look like Swiss cheese dressed in purple and gold.  With one game to go before we can turn out the lights and shut down the gym for a few months, there are enough question marks to keep management very busy.

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