Lakers News: Only Time Will Tell If Team Meeting Is Turning Point of Season

It's entirely too early to determine the importance of a team meeting for the Los Angeles Lakers.

According to Arash Markazi of, the Lakers met the morning before the 106-93 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. Following that defeat, Los Angles has beaten the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Markazi quoted Dwight Howard in particular who was praising the after-effects of the meeting:

"It really helped," Howard, when asked for details of the meeting, said after the Lakers' practice Monday. "It helped [us] and it helped everybody on the team. It was great. People have said it, it was a 'come to Jesus' meeting. It was good. Stuff like that takes time. We all got to a point that whatever needed to be said was said but none of the stuff was taken personal. We all want to add another banner up there and all have rings, and in order for us to do that we all have to do it together."

It's all well and good that the players have apparently resolved all of their differences. The team has clearly failed to gel together on the court.

That morning in Memphis could help the Lakers immensely; however, until the Lakers string together some wins on the court, there's no telling what kind of effect the meeting will have.

How many false dawns and excuses has this team had already this year?

First, people were saying the Lakers were struggling because of Mike Brown's offense. When Mike D'Antoni was hired, it was supposed to turn the team's season around, but the team would need time to adjust to D'Antoni's offense.

When that didn't work, it was the fact that Steve Nash was hurt. The team would naturally improve as Nash got back to full health. Nash's production, though, has declined much more from last season than anybody could have expected. To a certain extent, that shouldn't come as too big of a shock considering Nash is 38 years old.

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