Not to be a nay-sayer, but I think everyone likes Lakers out of the top 8 spot...now only if we can get Spurs to screw up like Dallas/Minn(from injury), and find a way to remove thunder from the western picture!
If this would happen, then the west would be a lot better place to prosper for teams who can never make it, cause of increased number of "too good" of teams.
I think Lakers "whatever" excuse/reason for losing is magnified by the fact that Clippers are the new highlight, and "dominate" team in the Staples Center.
Nets fired their coach and are doing good, and now you fired your coach and aren't doing good. I don't know if the coach is the problem. I mean if your players can't win, then your players can't win(even with kobe as nba highest ppg, you still can't win).
Its like the Cav's. They have a great scorer, but just can't win, but I seriously doubt with a new coach that this team would do any better, and same goes to Lakers(even though I think your old coach was a better choice, and now your just stuck with three huge problems that no one wants(your coach, gasol, and howard)
All great things come to an end...even in basketball -Me