The hope and anticipation that was inspired by the start of the free-agency period has already vanished, the last 24 hours serving as a sobering reality check for Lakers fans.
The idea the Lakers could transform themselves into contenders overnight?
The theory their status as a destination franchise for star players could be restored by Kobe Bryant’s retirement?
The possibility a top free agent might overlook an inexperienced roster for the chance to play in Los Angeles?
Picture a Dikembe Mutombo finger wag.
The Lakers are nothing more than another rebuilding team at this point, their history and championships not...