It's too soon to tell
Who knows? We haven't seen the real Lakers yet.
This is not LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh working through their growing pains during a 9-8 Heat start to the 2010-11 season. This is a Lakers team that has yet to play a single game intact under the D'Antoni system. For now there is nothing but chaos, chaos exacerbated by Pau Gasol's knee issues.
Like Howard's free throws, we have no idea where this is going, and we won't until it's whole.
Wait for Nash's return
The best (and worst) thing about an NBA season is that it is 82 games. We figured that by now, the Lakers would just be bored with it all, the only real entertainment provided by Dwight Howard and Jack Nicholson yukking it up.
They'd be largely marking time until the playoffs.
Instead, there has been high drama, coaches coming and going, offenses installed and stalled, Dwight a fright at the line. If Steve Nash had been playing during this slow start, I'd say the Lakers should sound an alarm.
But let's see them after Nash returns from injury in a week or so. The offense will run smoother and Mike D'Antoni will be a much better coach.
Lakers are a mess
Underwater and sinking fast. Welcome to the injury-riddled, befuddling Lakers season, checking in at an underwhelming 8-10.