Different season, the same sad story for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Heading into the 2013-14 NBA campaign there was hope amongst Lakers fans that their team could rise up and perform against odds. Buoyed by the return of Kobe Bryant and the arrival of former Showtime star Byron Scott as new head coach there was even talk of an unlikely playoff spot.
Eight games into the season though and that hope has well and truly evaporated with even Scott now seemingly losing his faith in the players he has at his disposal following a 109-102 defeat against the New Orleans Pelicans that leaves the famous franchise on a desperate 1-7 record.
The 109 conceded by the Lakers marks the seventh time this season that the team have allowed over a century of points and Scott couldn't help but unload on his team in the aftermath of the loss:
"To be honest with you, most of the time, the things that we want to do, they haven't done.
"And I don't know if it's because they're incapable of doing it or not," continued the exacerbated head coach.
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"That was probably the worst defense that we've played from the preseason all the way to this particular point."
Anthony Davis in particular ran riot against a feeble Lakers defense, racking up 25 points and 12 rebounds. In present form the Lakers are allowing anyone they come up against to look like Davis and Byron Scott was at a loss when quizzed about what went wrong.
"They got pretty much anything they wanted in the paint with no resistance whatsoever."
"It was just terrible. That was probably the worst defense that we've played from the preseason all the way to this particular point.
The Lakers rank rock bottom in the NBA in terms of defensive efficiency and have given up a horrific 114.5 points per 100 possessions despite Scott's remit since he took the job focussing largely on playing without the basketball.
And Scott refused to rule out the possibility that some of the current Lakers starters faced losing their spots if form did not improve in the near future.
"We're not even close to our expectations, or at least mine...I want to at least see if they can do it.
"If they can't, then we'll change...We want to see in the next three or four games if we can do that, and if we can't, then we'll change and go to something else."
It won't get much easier in the coming days though. The Golden State Warriors (5-2), reigning Champions the San Antonio Spurs, and Houston Rockets (7-1) make up three of the team's next four opponents.