They've got the fifth best offense in the league, which will only get better with the return of Steve Nash. But the defense, ranted 16th in the league, doesn't look like that of a contender. What needs to be done to improve it?
The Lakers have the three-time Defensive Player of the Year, perennial dogged defender Metta World Peace and Kobe Bryant.
Is Pau Gasol, his injuries and his slowness the issue? Will Steve Nash hurt the Lakers the most with his small, old body and complete lack of defense?
Should Mike D'Antoni be shipped out for a coach that doesn't treat defense like a novelty item?
Or do the Lakers just need to score a lot more points to solve their issues?