With a record of 14-23, the Lakers are now only 2 1/2 games ahead of the last-place
With injuries sidelining
The Lakers' 123-87 loss on Friday night to the
While that may be good news for fans who want the Lakers to "tank" for a better position in the 2014
Both the Knicks (who lack a draft pick in 2014) and Cavaliers (who recently acquired
With the road trip looming, the Lakers could finish January with the third- or even second-worst record in the
While it may be difficult for fans to watch, the draft could make the current disaster a vital step in the Lakers' rebuild. This year's crop includes a number of intriguing prospects including
Bryant, Nash and the rest could return near the end of the month, but by then the Lakers may be long out of the playoff hunt with nothing but lottery position to consider.