6 Things That Need to Happen Between Now and Los Angeles Lakers’ Season Opener

The Los Angeles Lakers still have a few months to get things in order before the start of the 2013-14 NBA season, which is a good thing because there are a whole lot of changes that have to take place in order for the Purple and Gold to put forth a respectable product on opening night.

Head coach Mike D'Antoni is going to have to sort out a number of tricky lineup decisions while also settling on a style of play that makes sense for the personnel involved.

The Lakers bench remains painfully thin, and thanks to the team's capped-out balance sheets, only minimum-salaried players will be available to fill it out.

On top of all that, the team has to figure out how best to use Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash.

Keep in mind, the proposed changes that follow are all based on the assumption that the Lakers aren't interested in tanking this season (no matter how much they should consider it). So every move and tweak is designed to improve the quality of the team for the upcoming year.

If that weren't the case, the only proposed additions to the Lakers roster would be dynamite and a detonator. But let's think positively, shall we?

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