The Lakers started the season doing a great impression of the best and deepest team in the NBA. They even played like if for a few weeks, and this morning, they remain tied with Cleveland (Cleveland?) for the best record in the NBA. It, of course, figured that their 14-1 start would not continue, that they would come back to earth, but also, that their superior depth would keep them from any prolonged losing streaks and guard against injuries.
But, the injury bug has hit them now, with Jordan Farmar’s knee injury keeping him out two months or more, Luke Walton’s foot injury keeping him out a minimum of two weeks, and now the potentially devastating loss of Lamar Odom.
They have felt Farmar’s loss at point guard, with no real back-up for Derek Fisher, and now possibly being without two of their top four forwards, suddenly the roster is painfully thin. Trevor Ariza should well acclimate himself to more PT, but unless another body is picked up, this will mean more key time on the court for Josh Powell, Chris Mihm, and possibly DJ Mbenga.
We all await test results on Odom’s knee, and whether or not a major move will be necessary.