The Lakers' chemistry has been questionable over this season. The defending champs did their best to hide their inner team issues. Although towards the end of the regular season they began to fall apart.
The "Lake Show" entered the playoffs on a downward spiral. They showed further regression against the New Orleans Hornets. There was no energy from the Lakers, and little communication. Still, despite their inconsistencies they prevailed.
The second round brought their biggest inner conference threat, the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavs and Lakers battled in the regular season for the top spot in the Western Conference.
Both were beat out by the Spurs, but both proved they were forces to be reckoned with. L.A.'s team chemistry, team communication, and team energy was worse than ever in this series.
The Lakers' slow decline reached it's peak the minute Dallas stepped on the floor. The Lakers finally collapsed. "Zen Master" Phil Jackson lost his control and resorted to hitting Pau Gasol in the chest, to get him to play better.
Ron Artest was ejected and suspended one game for knocking down Jose Barea, Lamar Odom was ejected in the final minutes of game four for shoving Dirk Nowitzky, and finally Andrew Bynum was ejected at the end of Game 4 for elbowing Barea in the air sending him head first into the hardwood.
The champs were no more, and they were swept by the once "soft" Mavericks.
As tragic as this all may sound it could be just what the franchise needed. The Lakers organization shouldn't have too hard a time making decisions this off-season, because their players have seemingly decided their own fates.
Here is a list of off-season moves to make this summer perfect for the Lakers, and to bring the franchise back to it's top of the crop status.