Final Postseason Roster Analysis of the 2012 Los Angeles Lakers

Despite a valiant 42-point effort from superstar Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers saw their 2012 NBA season come to a close with a 106-90 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder as the Thunder won the series 4-1.

The Lakers were hoping to make amends for their 2011 playoff first-round exit—they were swept by the Dallas Mavericks—but despite winning the Pacific Division (41-25), the 2011-12 Lakers' had their shares of problems.

You name it. Between on-the-court issues, off-the-court issues, trade rumors, inconsistent play (team and individual), and coaching philosophy, the problems kept mounting for Los Angeles. And for the second straight season, the Lakers failed to make it to the conference finals.

Los Angeles was out-manned, out-classed and out-coached to a much younger Oklahoma City team. The Thunder exploited every one of the Lakers' weaknesses, and the end result was another early playoff exit.

Fans of the famous purple-and-gold are disappointed and want explanations. There are several fingers being pointed in the name of accountability. However, one thing is certain; come the start of next season, the Lakers will have a new look.

This team is in desperate need of a roster change. The Lakers are getting older while their Western Conference counterparts in Oklahoma City, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Denver Nuggets are winning with youth.

Here is a final postseason roster breakdown of the 2012 Los Angeles Lakers.


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