It's too soon to tell

Ira Winderman

Sun Sentinel

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.

Only when Kobe Brant, Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard and Steve Nash are together on the court, playing in whatever style D'Antoni is supposed to be delivering, can we appreciate the level of desperation.

Like Howard's free throws, we have no idea where this is going, and we won't until it's whole.

iwinderman@tribune.com

Wait for Nash's return

Brian Schmitz

Orlando Sentinel

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.

bschmitz@tribune.com

Lakers are a mess

Lisa Dillman

Los Angeles Times

Underwater and sinking fast. Welcome to the injury-riddled, befuddling Lakers season, checking in at an underwhelming 8-10.