August is a common vacation month in the NBA, but that didn't stop Lakers executives Mitch Kupchak and John Black from participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Kupchak was nominated by Dodgers executive Stan Kasten.
The Lakers have a relatively friendly 82-game schedule through the 2014-15 season, with few games on consecutive nights and short road trips.
If the franchise is close enough to make a playoff push, a home-heavy April might help -- although this Lakers roster will probably max out at 45 wins. It took 49 for the Dallas Mavericks to make the postseason last year.
Should the Lakers find themselves too far out in mid-March, the team may fizzle out through the final stretch. If so, 35 wins isn't out of the question.
For the Lakers to have success, they'll need Kobe Bryant to out-do Father Time after a down season with knee and Achilles injuries.
Finally, Shaquille O'Neal compared LeBron James to Bryant, but chose Dr. J [Julius Erving] as the "greatest."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times