LOS ANGELES In fact, theres no conclusive evidence that the world ends in the spring of 2014, or even that the National Basketball Association will be disbanded and forgotten on or around that date.
None at all.
And yet somehow, the Lakers seem to have built their roster believing that to be true or perhaps believing that there would never be a punitive new CBA, and once said CBA was put in place that it was simply a joke that would disappear in a puff of smoke. (All false.) Now, consequently and unfortunately for the memory of the late, great Jerry Buss, the Lakers are left with a roster thats either injured, unwanted, elderly or unknown, all the while cloying for Dwight Howards fleeting love.
Thats not exactly ideal for a franchise thats made its name on being a perennial contender, one thats missed the playoffs just once since 1994 and only four times since moving to Los Angeles for the 1960-61 season. Now, going into the offseason after their hard-won playoff berth lasted ...