Ever since the Los Angeles Lakers’ season came crashing to an end, the consensus has been that 2013-14 will be just as disastrous. Kobe Bryant is hurt, Dwight Howard is gone and Mike D’Antoni’s system has yet to live up to the hype.
But while people love to hate the Lake Show, lowered expectations have given this squad a chance to prove every critic wrong.
Defining success is tough at this point in the process. While players will surely aim for a championship, cynics will automatically count them out of the postseason.
The truth is, we don’t know exactly what to expect, but we do know what must happen to turn things around. This group is talented, and if the stars align, making the playoffs will prove they’re still a team no one wants to see late in the year.