According to a recent series of polls, Lakers fans have become so disgusted with the team's offensive chemistry (52.5%), point guard woes (44.63%) and Metta World Peace's inconsistency (47.84%) that 33.3% of them predict the Lakers will bow out in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.
So much for the Lakers' rectifying their four-game sweep at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 Western Conference semifinals. It's safe to say that a win by the 12-9 Lakers on Tuesday over the 3-18 Charlotte Bobcats would do little to spur more enthusiasm. If the Lakers fall to the NBA's worst team, on the other hand, well, they'll enter their six-game trip beginning Friday at Denver with more concerns than whether they can win on the road.
"Let's hope the @Lakers can make something happen before the trade deadline," tweeted Magic Johnson, speaking on behalf of many fans.
Because of the Lakers' pressing point guard problems, 56.53% of fans believe the purple & gold needs to acquire New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams in a trade. But 33.77% of fans also say adding Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard would be a nice alternative. If the Lakers land neither, a 23.85% plurality believe they will enter the playoffs seeded sixth in the West.