The Los Angeles Lakers are 0-5 in the young 2014-15 season, making this their worst start since the 1957-58 Minneapolis Lakers started the season 0-7.
Kobe Bryant is back on the court after missing most of the 2013-14 season with a left knee injury. The veteran first tore his left achilles tendon in April of 2013, forcing him to miss the rest of the season. After almost eight months of rehab, Bryant returned to the court in December. He played in six games with the Lakers before suffering a left knee injury that ended his season.
Bryant is doing everything he can to get the Lakers on track this year. He is averaging 27.6 points per game and scored a game high 39 points in last night’s 112-106 loss to the Phoenix Suns.
The Lakers have lost rookie forward Julius Randle for the season after he broke his leg on opening night. Their starting point guard coming into the season, Steve Nash, is also out for the year due to a back injury.
The Lakers had a couple of big-name acquisitions in the offseason, bringing in Jeremy Lin from the Rockets and Carlos Boozer from the Bulls. Lin is averaging 10.8 points and 5.0 assists per game so far, while Boozer is averaging 10.4 points and 5.6 rebounds.
Whether it’s a lack of team chemistry or a lack of talent, the Lakers need to find a rhythm soon. They have the next four days off and will resume play on Sunday night against the 1-3 Charlotte Hornets.
If the Lakers can't right their ship soon, they might find themselves in the record books this year – for all the wrong reasons.