Lakers' Hollywood soap opera seemingly never ends

Lakers' (left to right) Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard talk to coach Mike D'Antoni....

Lakers' (left to right) Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard talk to coach Mike D'Antoni. (REUTERS)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:59 PM ET

We don’t try to lead Courtside every week with the Lakers. Honest.

They just don’t give us much of a choice most of the time.

How do you ignore this soap opera? This team should be one of the best in the league — with or without Steve Nash — yet, looks like a disaster.

Dwight Howard has been poor, by his standards. Pau Gasol has been ineffective and miserable. Nash has been hurt and Kobe Bryant has been spectacular, but seems to be at his wit’s end with what has been going on.

The star-studded Lakers are a miserable 8-9 following a humiliating loss to the franchise Howard deserted, the Orlando Magic. Howard had 28 points and 20 rebounds but missed 12 free throws.

Orlando scored 40 points in the fourth quarter, many of them going right at Howard, the perennial defensive player of the year.

Yes, there are a lot of problems in la la land.

Where to start? Kobe might have preferred a Phil Jackson return engagement over Mike D’Antoni, but he has g


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