With Pau Gasol unlikely to return this season, have we seen the last of Pau Gasol in a Lakers uniform?

Will Mike D'Antoni return next season as Lakers head coach? It could be closer to reality than we thought.

For the Lakers, it is time to get back to being a prestigious franchise, starting at the top.

Pau Gasol has clearly been frustrated under coach D'Antoni, and he let those frustrations be heard following Tuesday's loss to the Indiana Pacers.

Suddenly, for the first time since early in the season, I was emotionally invested in the game. So were the rest of the fans at STAPLES Center. We WANTED that win.

This Lakers season has been one big nightmare.

Kobe Bryant is expected to miss at least two more weeks with a knee fracture; that begs the question, should he rehab the rest of 2014 and return next year?

Here are four reasons you SHOULD watch the Lakers until the bitter end of this season.

Kobe Bryant gives an update on his recovery status, but still is unsure of the timetable on his return.

Dominating as the Sixth Man this season, Nick Young has shown the Lakers' organization that they must keep him for another championship run.

At the mid point of the 2013-14 NBA season, the Lakers find themselves playing catch-up.

Tanking. Something no team truly wants to admit to doing but in reality many teams do it to adequately prepare for the future.

Pau Gasol and Kendall Marshall earn co-honors as Players of the Week from last week.

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To say 2013 was not the Lakers' year would be an understatement. The start of 2014 now becomes critical for Los Angeles.

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