The Lakers' season ended Sunday with a 103-82 loss to the Spurs in Game 4. What does the future hold after Los Angeles was swept from the opening round of the playoffs for the first time since 1967? Five SI.com NBA writers examine the burning questions facing the Lakers this offseason.
What was the single biggest issue for the Lakers this season?
Then there were the injuries that afflicted them like a web of viruses on a computer. Dwight Howard was never healthy and therefore never as effective as they hoped he would be. Steve Nash was out, and so D'Antoni's offense never hit a rhythm. Pau Gasol was ineffective and D'Antoni didn't know what to do with him. Kobe Bryant was the one constant until he went down in the final week of the season. They looked and played like a bunch of guys who chatted on the fly, as if via text message and Twitter. They were never able to establish who they would be as a team and how each of them would contribute to that team because the circumstances overwhelmed any hope of team-building.
Does Mike D'Antoni deserve to return as coach?
What are the chances Dwight Howard re-signs with the Lakers?
How can this team improve in the offseason?
Can this team contend next season if Kobe Bryant misses significant time?