The Los Angeles Lakers and Lakers' fans struggle with the team's losing streak, as key players struggle for answers. The Lakers lost nine of their last eleven games, and can't seem to piece together the break-down in an otherwise strong team of players, historically.
Jan. 22, LA Times cites, "Kobe Bryant wants to fix the Lakers. Badly. Immediately." He said things were "very, very tough, very, very frustrating," and that he was "trying to keep my cool," after the Lakers lost to the Chicago Bulls on Monday, 95-83."
The Lakers are 17-24, midway through the season. If things don't turn around for the team, it's facing the title of most losing season, in franchise history.
As a franchise the Lakers have dominated the sport, holding the NBA franchise record for the most wins, best winning percentages and most appearances in the NBA Finals.
Bryant is admittedly frustrated with the team's performance, but other players share their own frustrations. Dwight Howard had only five shots in Monday's game. He stated, "I can't do what I do best with five shots."
Pau Gasol felt personally humiliated after being benched to reserve status, but kept his cool, and remained professional.
"I'm not excited about it," he said after posting 15 points and 12 rebounds, declining to talk in-depth about his feelings because he was more concerned about the team."