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The Lakers Need To Stop Restarting The Season

"It's okay, guys, the real season doesn't start until February."

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One cliché that underachieving teams often cling to is the idea that a that, in the middle of a depressing streak of terrible results, it's never too late to turn over a new leaf. The hope is that, with enough hard work and determination, a team can rediscover its true form. The 17-25 Los Angeles Lakers are still waiting to find that form, and they've rebooted the season at least five times already.

Lakers' first-season record: 5-5

November 20th: The Lakers begin a de facto second season under new coach Mike D'Antoni.

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D'Antoni wins his first game at the helm in Brooklyn, but the Lakers continue to flounder, dropping nine of the next 12 games.

Lakers' second-season record: 10-10

Lakers' third-season record: 2-10

Lakers' fourth-season record: 2-3

Lakers' fifth-season record so far: 0-1

In not a single one of the Lakers' five seasons is their winning percentage good enough to make the playoffs.

The Rockets hold the 8th spot in the Western Conference at 22-22, but they own a tiebreaker against the Lakers.

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