The Lakers (18-50) ended Week 21 with a win over the Philadelphia 76ers, breaking a four-game losing streak.
Despite the recent losses, the Lakers have been competitive against quality teams.
With the NCAA Tournament in full swing, the Lakers are getting a glimpse at some of the prospects they might have a shot at, presuming they finish in the top five (otherwise the selection is conveyed to Philadelphia).
Center Jahlil Okafor was powerful for Duke, looking every bit a candidate for the top overall pick in June.
Despite the Lakers' dismal season, Coach Byron Scott said the team is still playing like professionals.
Meanwhile, Steve Nash officially announced his retirement.
Jordan Clarkson's rebounding has been a pleasant surprise.
Rookie forward/center Tarik Black, who is on nonguaranteed contract, doesn't take for granted he'll be back with the Lakers next season.
Former Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni has put his Manhattan Beach home on the market with an asking price of $9.8 million.