DALLAS Already in this young season, the Los Angeles Lakers have changed personnel, coaches and systems. But on Saturday in Dallas came a constant: A 115-89 laughter that marks the Lakers' 103rd win over the Mavs in 135 regular-season tries.
These Lakers aren't the legendary Lakers of yore at least not yet. LA is just 7-7 (the same record to which Dallas dropped) after having entered the weekend with two straight losses and an 0-4 road record. Kobe Bryant is still the centerpiece, but stellar new center Dwight Howard has back problems, stellar new point guard Steve Nash is out with a shin problem, Pau Gasol is struggling with his role and minutes, and Mike D'Antoni just hired to replace the fired Mike Brown is working to implement yet another Lakers offensive system.
All in all, it probably shouldn't been as easy as it looked against Dallas.
The Lakers, D'Antoni said, "were very focused with a lot of energy and this was the fourth game in five nights -- and they had it. So we...