Injuries, coaching changes and death in the family. All three factors contributed to the unravelling of the 2012-13 Los Angeles Lakers, who had fewer positive moments to cherish than negative.
Taking a look back through the highlights of a plagued campaign, one can't help but feel a small ping of sympathy for a dysfunctional group that simply got crushed by adversity.
Aside from a few brilliant individual performances and the acknowledgement of two of the city's greatest champions, the Lakers would rather lock this season's memories far away. And, as if the struggles of this season weren't enough, Los Angeles has a very rocky offseason ahead as well.
But before we get ahead of ourselves and plunge into speculation about the future of stars like Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol, let's have one final comprehensive look at the 10 most important moments of the Lakers' year organized in chronological order.