But that doesn't mean they've lost all hope for the future. They still have Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Pau Gasol.
Heck, they might even be a more likable and watchable crew this year after adding some "Mike D'Antoni parts" in Chris Kaman, Nick Young, Jordan Farmar and Wes Johnson.
But will it add up to enough wins and yet another playoff berth? Will Kobe be back as Kobe? Can Lakers fans embrace at least one season of lowered expectations?
Lead Writer Josh Martin joins NBA Assistant Editors Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes for the latest episode of Basketball by Association.
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We look at the best and worst of the Lakers' offseason, along with the biggest questions heading into 2014. We'll also details their keys to a successful year while also predicting their final standing.
Basketball by Association cast members and pro hoops analysis can be found at Bleacher Report's Court Vision blog.