5 Things We Learned About the LA Lakers After Week 1

After splitting their four games in the first week of play, the Los Angeles Lakers have shown that they have the talent and the scoring punch to be competitive without Kobe Bryant.

With Pau Gasol and Chris Kaman playing big and the Lakers guards stretching the floor, Mike D'Antoni's system seems to be a better fit for the roster this season. 

Perhaps the biggest difference between the Lakers' current roster and their roster last year is the fact that player roles are more clearly defined. Even when the Black Mamba makes his return, there should still be a clear rotation and offensive pecking order.

Although four games are too few to accurately predict, the Lakers have looked like a team that can compete for a playoff spot.

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