Over their first 65 years, the Los Angeles Lakers missed the playoffs a grand total of five times. Then they missed the next five in a row.
The embarrassments on the court were coupled with embarrassments off it, with management failing to woo one star after another.
The franchise that once boasted rosters littered with Hall of Famers was relegated to throwing money at secondary free agents in the hopes of claiming some kind of victory, no matter how small.
"I think it's important as an organization that people understand what you stand for," Lakers owner and president Jeanie Buss said Monday night at the NBA awards ceremony. "There was a while there where...