By halftime of Game 4 against the Dallas Mavericks, legendary head coach Phil Jackson knew his career was at the end of the ropes. Thanks to incredibly hot shooting from not only the Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki but the reserves as well. Not to mention a rare inability to close in the fourth quarter from the back-to-back defending champs.
Early on it was easy to see that Laker star Kobe Bryant was the only player that wanted to keep Jackson from going out in such a horrific fashion. But one versus five isn't easy, especially for an aging Bryant, who in his youth could score at will.
The disappearance from perennial All Star Pau Gasol devastated the Lakers offense as well as the inability to knockdown an outside shot.
The one positive that can be taken from this postseason is the progress of center Andrew Bynum. When healthy Bynum has the talent to be an offensive and defensive force, but healthy is the key word.
There is also the lack of chemistry that seemed evident for most of the season. Players having putting agenda's off the court ahead of playing together. Odom for example, being the star of his own TV show making his life more public then it already is.
The following are just a few ideas on what Lakers management could do to fix their collective issues.