Worse yet, with $100 million in payroll, each of the Lakers’ wins have cost them more than $10 million apiece.
So yeah, this is the perfect time to panic.
Los Angeles is just 4-7 since Mike D’Antoni officially took over. Sure, we’re less than halfway into the season, but time is no longer an excuse. Nor is the absence of a training camp to implement D’Antoni’s seven-seconds-or-less system.
And you know what? The absence of Gasol and Nash are no longer cause for a pardon either.
Los Angeles is posting a record of 6-6 against teams at or under .500 to go along with a 3-6 showing versus teams with winning records. The team is 2-6 on the road and barely over .500 at the Staples Center.
How is that not cause for alarm?
On paper, even without Gasol and Nash, the Lakers are a quality team. We’ve watched both Howard and Bryant carry past teams to prominence on their own, so putting forth a competent effort on a daily basis should be a cinch together.