The Los Angeles Lakers have been a mess over the last couple of years. Once an elite team, the Lakers are now one of the worst teams in the Western Conference and need to make changes for the future.
At the start of the 2012-13 NBA season many believed that the Lakers roster could match or possibly be better than the Miami Heat.
The biggest move was when the Lakers brought in Dwight Howard via free agency. On top of that they were able to acquire veteran point guard and two time MVP Steve Nash to improve their backcourt. These new players were paired up with the current Lakers stars Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol.
This team looked amazing on paper but don't judge a book by it's cover. The Lakers had a horrible season compared to what everyone expected, barely making the playoffs and seeing a first round exit by the hands of the San Antonio Spurs.
Since the horrible season Dwight Howard has moved on to Houston. Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash have hardly played this season due to injury and Pau Gasol was once again rumoured to be traded, but wasn't.
The Lakers need to look at things in the long term. If Steve Nash returns next season he won't be anywhere near the talent he was when the Lakers picked him up from Phoenix.
Pau Gasol will likely join a new team through free agency and a coaching change needs to be made as Mike D'Antoni hasn't been able to do anything with the team.
Kobe Bryant has been a Laker since he joined the league, however, he may be fed up with the organization and even his teammates. The future of the Lakers hangs in jeopardy, will they make the necessary moves to return to an elite level? Stay tuned.
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