Lakers Rumors: Los Angeles Should Stay Patient as Team Approaches Full Strength

The season for the Los Angeles Lakers has not gone according to plan. However, this does not necessarily mean that changes must be made.

After acquiring Dwight Howard, Steve Nash and others during the offseason, the team is still far outside of a playoff spot after almost half of the NBA season.

Although head coach Mike Brown was fired after just five games, there have not been any major changes to the roster itself, despite the current struggles. It looks like that will continue.

According to Mark Medina of the Press-Telegram, it seems like the current squad is the one that will have to come out of this mess:

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak sounded skeptical about making a deal before the Feb. 21 trade deadline.

"We don't have many options," Kupchak said Wednesday at the Lakers All-Access event at Staples Center, hosted by the LA Sports & Entertainment Commission. "It's not like we're going to be active or overly active in the trade market."

Kupchak wants to exercise patience considering the team's injuries and D'Antoni lacking a training camp.

That last part is the biggest key to explaining this season. One reason that the squad has not been successful is that the team expected to compete has not been on the court for too long this season.

In the preseason, Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant missed a number of games that could have been used to get more comfortable on the court.

When the season began, things just got worse. Steve Nash got hurt in the second game and missed almost two months. Pau Gasol has dealt with multiple injuries throughout the year, most recently struggling with a concussion.

Howard also missed a week of play recently due to shoulder issues. 

Only Bryant has started in every one of the team's games this year, and that is not easy after 16 years in the NBA.

However, the team looked like it...

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