Los Angeles Lakers’ Biggest X-Factors for 2014-15 Season

With training camp looming, the Los Angeles Lakers are looking to acclimate a new head coach, blend new and returning players and turn the page on a disappointing chapter.

The 2014-15 season promises to have more X-factors than usual. What are these things, and how are they typically defined?

In the simplest of terms, an X-factor can be a wild card or some type of variable—be it a player, quality, circumstance or thing—that can have a significant impact on the team’s performance on whole.

For the past two seasons, there have been too many undesirable variables, from injuries to the mismatching of Mike D’Antoni’s free-flowing, small-ball offense with post-centric players like Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill.

Now, with Byron Scott manning the sidelines and Bryant back after a long layoff, the team is hoping to put a disastrous 27-55 season behind them.

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