January 9, 2013
No one saw Lakers' nightmare season coming
By RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency
This is quickly turning into the season from hell for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Expected to waltz into the Western Conference final — at least — upon adding Dwight Howard and Steve Nash to a core that already included Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace, instead, L.A. is three games under .500 with a hard road ahead.
There have been reports of a near fistfight involving Bryant and Howard — which the pair mocked on Twitter — Mike Brown was fired early on and Mike D’Antoni brought in and the defence has been poor.
Howard is out indefinitely after suffering a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He already was playing far below his usual form because of lingering effects from back surgery, and now will miss at least a couple of weeks.
Meanwhile, Gasol, who has not fit into D’Antoni’s system, is on the shelf with a concussion and backup big man Jordan Hill will miss at least a week because of a hip injury.