And their new starting point guard appears to be
Marshall was hanging out in a hotel room in Texas when the Lakers called him two weeks ago. He was waiting for his Delaware 87ers to play an
Marshall hasn't done much in four games, averaging 5.3 points and 2.5 assists. Assuming Coach
Before the depth of Farmar's injury was known, D'Antoni answered with humor when asked what he'd do if Farmar missed significant time.
"You looking for a 10-day [contract]?" D'Antoni said to a reporter. "How's your jumper?"
The Lakers did not practice Wednesday. Their next game is Friday against Utah.
Farmar left in the third quarter of a painfully boring 94-79 loss to Milwaukee. He missed 10 games with a different hamstring tear in the same leg last month.
Injuries have a way of making a team ineffective. And unwatchable.
The franchise that has provided so much entertainment to Los Angeles over the years is four games ahead of 15th-place Utah and five or six games behind Dallas for the eighth and final playoff spot.
Kobe Bryant (fractured knee) and
Even the normally ebullient Young seemed less upbeat Tuesday after the Lakers lost to the team with the
"We get down on ourselves too much if anything's not going our way. We kind of let that affect our game," he said. "We've got to still have that swag, have that up-tempo energy and have fun out there. We ain't had fun in a while."
Losing six consecutive games will do that to a team.
The Lakers (13-19) lost six in a row last season too, but that team, for all its shortcomings, had too much firepower to miss the playoffs, even though it came down to the final week of the season.
This team? Good luck.
Young had one final thought before leaving the Lakers' locker room on the final day of December.
"I'm glad 2013 is over," he said.