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.
October 30th: The Los Angeles Lakers open the actual NBA season with a loss against the Mavericks.
November 9th: The Lakers fire coach Mike Brown after a 1-4 start and win a few games under interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff.
Lakers' first-season record: 5-5
November 20th: The Lakers begin a de facto second season under new coach Mike D'Antoni.
Lakers' second-season record: 10-10
December 31st: The Lakers' third season begins.
Next game: The Lakers begin a six-game losing streak.
Lakers' third-season record: 2-10
January 11th: After losing to the Thunder, the Lakers' fourth season begins.
Next game: The Lakers beat Cleveland! And Milwaukee! Then lose three straight.
Lakers' fourth-season record: 2-3
January 23rd: Dwight Howard says the Lakers will begin a fifth season.
Later that day:
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.