The Lakers (25-52) lost all four contests through Week 23, gaining ground on the Utah Jazz (24-53) in the lottery standings.
Nick Young may relish the "player hater" role, but the Lakers didn't get much spoiling done.
Currently slotted sixth for May's NBA draft lottery, the Lakers now have a chance to at least tie the Jazz for fifth -- assuming the Lakers don't win any of their final five games on the schedule.
The week began with a resumption of the debate -- should Pau Gasol and Chris Kaman play on the court together?
Gasol said he believes it's something that could have worked for the team this season, although it clearly wasn't Coach Mike D'Antoni's preference.
The two seven-footers got their wish on Tuesday against the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday, although Gasol wasn't quite himself as he tried to return from a bout with vertigo.
Kaman took up for D'Antoni before the game, a departure for the often frustrated center.
With his fellow bigs out, Jordan Hill stepped into big minutes, but noted he was unlikely to return to the Lakers next season under similar circumstances (based on D'Antoni's preference for small ball).
The Dallas Mavericks pulled away in the second half to beat the Lakers on Friday, 107-95.
The Lakers also fell to the Clippers on Sunday, 120-97, and Nash sat out the afternoon game.
Injuries to Kobe Bryant and Nash have made their dollars earned per minutes played off the charts.
The Lakers should target Connecticut's Kevin Ollie as their next head coach.
Meanwhile, Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins declared for the June 26 NBA draft.
Finally, the Lakers announced a deal to build a new practice facility near their current El Segundo facility.