The Lakers Need To Stop Restarting The Season

“It’s okay, guys, the real season doesn’t start until February.”

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.

2. October 30th: The Los Angeles Lakers open the actual NBA season with a loss against the Mavericks.

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3. November 9th: The Lakers fire coach Mike Brown after a 1-4 start and win a few games under interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff.

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Lakers’ first-season record: 5-5

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

7. December 31st: The Lakers’ third season begins.

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Via Dave McMenamin of ESPN.

8. Next game: The Lakers begin a six-game losing streak.

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Lakers’ third-season record: 2-10

10. January 11th: After losing to the Thunder, the Lakers’ fourth season begins.

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Via Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.

11. Next game: The Lakers beat Cleveland! And Milwaukee! Then lose three straight.

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The Lakers followed up two wins with losses to Miami, Toronto, and Chicago.

Lakers’ fourth-season record: 2-3

13. January 23rd: Dwight Howard says the Lakers will begin a fifth season.


Via Dave McMenamin of ESPN.

14. Later that day:

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

16. 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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