The thought of the Los Angeles Lakers playing anything but a full 82-game schedule can certainly be discouraging. But with the way the current labor negotiations are going, a shortened season is very much a possibility.
There are, however, potential benefits from the Lakers playing a shortened season.
I know what you are thinking. "Potential benefits? That’s impossible." But let’s take a look at five ways the Los Angeles Lakers could possibly benefit from a shortened 2011-12 season.