Los Angeles Lakers: Final 2011 Report Cards for Kobe Bryant, Phil Jackson and Co

School is out for summer, just as the Los Angeles Lakers have been for nearly two weeks.

But while kids head off to camp and college graduates hit the real world in search of employment, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and the rest of the Lakers will be sitting at home, watching the playoffs and wondering what could have been.

What if they had held on in Game One against the Dallas Mavericks? What if they could have done something—ANYTHING—to stop Dirk Nowitzki?

What if?

Well, those questions won't soon change the reality that there will be no three-peat for Phil Jackson this time around nor will they readily change how the team's performance during the 2010-11 season and the subsequently short-lived playoff run will be perceived.

So now that everyone else is getting their report cards for the year, it's time to take the Purple and Gold back to school for a check on their grades.

Not that they will be particularly good, what with the team falling so short of the expectations of another trip down Figueroa.

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