The Los Angeles Lakers have been on summer break since early May, when they suffered a sweeping embarrassment with four consecutive losses to Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference semifinals.
And with the possibility of a lockout pushing back the start of the NBA season, it could drag on even longer.
Regardless, everyone on the team—chiefly Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum—has plenty of work to do this offseason to ensure that the transition out of the Phil Jackson era and into Mike Brown's tenure is a smooth and prosperous one.
Or, at least more successful than the short-lived stint of Rudy Tomjanovich.
This group of Lakers has more than enough talent and experience to climb back into championship contention next season. The question remains, what do the players have to do to prepare for another title run after the disappointing early exit from this postseason?