Los Angeles Lakers Preseason: Should 0-4 start concern team?

Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The Los Angeles Lakers have suffered a series of blowout losses through four games in the preseason. Is it time for concern after the team's dream offseason?

The Los Angeles Lakers are now 0-4 in the 2012 preseason as they prepare their roster for the rigors of a full 82-game season and begin to figure out personnel rotations while embracing a new and more complex Princeton offense.

Despite all that, a winless record, even without Dwight Howard, in the preseason and with a new system should raise at least a little bit of doubt in the minds of Lakers' stakeholders. This team is better than 0-4, no matter the circumstances. Yes, it's the preseason, but the purple and gold have a greater standard to live up to. Fans aren't used to seeing them put together a string of losses, even in meaningless games.

Besides that, no one hates to lose more than Kobe Bryant.

The latest loss came at the hands of the Utah Jazz, where Bryant led all scorers with 31 points, He played a healthy 29 minutes and was clearly a major component in the game plan. This game wasn't just a walkthrough, and it's clear the Lakers made an effort to compete.

Where all of the issues lie remains to be seen, but they are present. One of the key areas the team has to improve in order to be able to compete with the upper echelon of teams in the Western Conference is in the second unit. The reserves were abysmal in 2011-2012, scoring a paltry 21.3 points per game during the regular season. That type of production won't get it done this season, and Bryant's minutes will need to go down for him to remain fresh for another postseason run. He can't be called upon to rescue the reserves' shortcoming for 82 games.

There are significant injuries on the team like the ones Howard, Earl Clark and Jordan Hill are each dealing with, but this is a deep team that should have put together at least one winning effort in the early goings of the preseason. The lone bright spot on the bench on Tuesday night was newly-acquired guard Jodie Meeks, who went 4-of-6 from the arc and added 12 points in the 114-80 losing effort.

In the grand scheme of things, the games prior to Oct. 30 don't mean anything, but there should be a little more substance to this Lakers team at this point, despite injuries and lack of chemistry.

It's all a product of the standard of excellence in Laker-land.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Los Angeles

You must be a member of SB Nation Los Angeles to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Los Angeles. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Los Angeles

You must be a member of SB Nation Los Angeles to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Los Angeles. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.