Looking to bounce back from their worst season in franchise history, the Los Angeles Lakers have endured an up and down offseason.
Buoyed by the exciting pick of D'Angelo Russell with the prized number two lottery, fans of the franchise have since had to sit back and watch as a host of this year's top free agency talent turned them down.
Things hit rock bottom last night, though, during a truly abject first quarter of NBA Summer League basketball. So bad was the Lakers performance that their own fans booed them off the court.
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Now, we all know summer league results don't exactly define a team's prospects for the upcoming season but those in attendence still expect to see at least some signs of cohesion and talent on display.
Instead the Lakers mustered just five points, turned the ball over seven times and made a depressingly impressive two-of-17 shots attempted in a first quarter that would be enough to depress even the most enthusiastic of supporters.
The Los Angeles Lakers' official Twitter feed did their best to put a generous spin on things...
But the Lakers fans weren't going to let the lacklustre effort slide - even if it was only a Las Vegas warm-up game:
The Lakers did rally in the remainder of the game to come away with just a 10-point defeat to the New York Knicks. The stat line for new star D'Angelo Russell meanwhile will be one he wishes to forget this early in his pro career.
The number two overall pick managed only eight points and one assist all night while coughing up eight turnovers to the Knicks roster.
It wasn't only the point guard who struggled however, and with a roster that included another top lottery pick in Julius Randle, as well as Jordan Clarkson, Tarik Black and Jabari Brown the abject performance is a worrying start to life after the dismal 2014-15 season.
Lakers assistant coach Mark Madsen placed some of the blame on giving the players a day off yesterday. Whether it takes more than extra gym sessions to turn the Lakers' situation around remains to be seen.