Lakers News: Latest on Los Angeles’ Struggles, Nick Young’s Return and More

It's been an ugly start to the 2014-15 season for the Los Angeles Lakers. The team is reeling with a dismal 1-7 record, and things don't appear to be getting any easier with a road trip to San Antonio next on the slate. Is there a light at the end of the tunnel?

The answer to that question depends on how you look at the team's situation. No, the Lakers aren't playing good basketball right now; however, this team is dealing with an abundance of injuries and is nowhere near full strength. There are many different feelings about this team right now, and, with that, recent news surrounding the team is mixed.

Here's a look at the latest happenings surrounding the Lakers organization.


Ongoing Struggles

There are a variety of thoughts as to why the Lakers aren't performing well this season. Some are as simple as the team couldn't withstand the injuries and others even allude to tanking. Perhaps the on-court product isn't good because the team has no chemistry.

After all, we are looking at a patchwork squad in Los Angeles this season. The players haven't had significant time to jell, and they aren't playing to their expectations as a result. Even LeBron James' return to Cleveland this season got off to a rocky start because of all the new faces.

Lakers head coach Byron Scott appears to think one specific area of the team needs to be fixed going forward, according to an interview with Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News: "We just did a terrible job defensively. That was the worst defense we played preseason and all the way up to this particular point."

The coach was referring to the team's most recent contest against the New Orleans Pelicans and also made a note of the Lakers allowing a whopping 60 points in the paint.

While that's one theory—a pretty accurate one, at that—others have been pointing fingers at Kobe Bryant....

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