Week 3 saw Kobe Bryant finally return to practice after sitting out since April with an Achilles injury.
The status of Steve Nash, out with nerve issues in his back, is also in question. Though it's expected he'll only be out of a couple of weeks, and he's working diligently to return, the Lakers would gain financial flexibility this summer if Nash retires.
As a team, the Lakers have struggled at the free-throw line (at least through Tuesday) -- no better than a year ago when Dwight Howard skewed the percentages downward.
The Lakers lost on Wednesday to the Denver Nuggets, playing a road game on the second night of a back-to-back.
On Friday, the team played well, but fell short in an 89-86 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.
The team rebounded with a strong showing, especially in the second half, over the Detroit Pistons with a 114-99 victory.
Pau Gasol's photo book "Life Vida" was released, giving a glimpse of the Lakers' center/forward beyond the court.
Rookies Ryan Kelly and Elias Harris were assigned to the D-Fenders.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times