Even with a healthy frontcourt (something that the Los Angeles Lakers will be without indefinitely following injuries to Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard), this was a franchise in clear disarray.
The Lakers are a good offensive club, but not nearly good enough to mask the defensive deficiencies presented by a starting backcourt with an average age of 36 years old and a hobbled Howard protecting the rim.
Three different coaches have tried their luck with this roster and only one (interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff) has found any sort of success. Bickerstaff's coaching philosophy was based on avoidance, simply letting the players dictate the course of the game.
The Lakers clearly need more than a change in philosophy. They need a massive upgrade in talent—an unimaginable statement some three months ago.
Enter disgruntled Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love.
Like the Lakers, Love's 2012-13 season began with a series of unfortunate events.
Fresh off capturing Olympic Gold with his Team USA mates in London over the summer, Love fractured his right hand during a preseason workout. Clearly bothered by the injury, Love sho ...
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