The Lakers began the 2013-14 NBA season with a 2-2 record, playing four games in six nights.
Playing without Kobe Bryant, who is recovering from Achilles' tendon surgery, for an unknown stretch may make it difficult for the Lakers to finish the season much higher than .500.
Oddsmakers don't give the Lakers much of a chance to have sustained success this season.
At the close of training camp, the Lakers chose to take 15 players to the season, including rookie Ryan Kelly.
Coach Mike D'Antoni started Shawne Williams at power forward, going smaller next to center Pau Gasol. He also wants to groom forward Wesley Johnson for a Shawn Marion-like role.
On opening night, the Lakers' bench fueled the team's 116-103 victory over the Clippers. The next day, the Golden State Warriors routed the Lakers, 125-94.
After the game against the Clippers, DeAndre Jordan's foul on Nick Young was downgraded from a flagrant to a standard foul.
The Lakers hosted the San Antonio Spurs on Friday -- a chance to beat a Western Conference powerhouse missing its star (Tim Duncan was out with a chest injury). Instead the Lakers ran out of gas, falling, 91-85, to Tony Parker and the Spurs.
Impressive play from Jordan Hill prompted D'Antoni to reconsider his rotation, although the move he made on Sunday was at small forward with Xavier Henry taking Nick Young's spot in the starting lineup.
To close the week, the Lakers gave up a big lead to the Atlanta Hawks but held on to win, 105-103.
Bryant received a balloon payment of $24,363,044 from the Lakers on Friday, 80% of his season's salary -- the Lakers All-Star likely taking into account the future value of his salary sooner than later.
Former Laker Shannon Brown went from the Phoenix Suns to the Washington Wizards, who in turn waived the veteran guard.
Phil Jackson said he's concerned about former Laker Lamar Odom.
Likely to be a free agent in 20014, Carmelo Anthony said he wants to retire in New York with the Knicks.
Finally, the Lakers visit to Dallas on Tuesday against the Mavericks was voted for broadcast on NBA TV on "Fan Night."
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