The NBA has cancelled the first two weeks of the season, so in theory, there isn’t much to celebrate NBA-wise right now. As far as the Lakers are concerned, losing games will either keep them rested or, as the LA Times’ Mike Bresnahan reported, hasten the end of this run by forcing an old team to play more games with little rest.
Despite the lockout, though, there are still a few reasons to be optimistic about the Lakers’ future. Most expect that after the 2011-12 season, the team will be back in rebuilding mode and wondering what the future will hold.
Kobe Bryant will probably see his skills start to decline a bit more. Derek Fisher will eventually transition into the coaching ranks. Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol will be one year closer to leaving their primes while still being productive players. Metta World Peace will unfortunately become more of a spark plug than one of the league's top defenders.
Here are five signs the Lakers will be all right this next decade and why the future isn’t so bleak.