Yep, gotta say I'm about there with that white flag. Been watching the Lakers for about 29 years now and you always get a feeling if you've got something special on your hands. This is definitely the exact opposite. Another way I can tell is that I'm no longer upset when they lose, almost kind of expect it now and am surprised when they actually show up. That's how you know you've checked out. Not to say I won't watch all the way till the end. Still lots of good games and good quality opponents on the schedule. It's just comical at this point. They aren't underachieving. They're just plain bad, old and don't care.
It's not fair that some people are placing blame at ownership. You don't spend 100 mil + 30 mil more for tax if you're not trying, not doing your best to get that 17th championship. Not when you swing for the fences and land Nash and Howard in the same summer. They just made a terrible decision for the coach. It started with Mike Brown. Should have been Rick Adelman back then. Followed that up with another bad hire. I wasn't thrilled at the thought of D'Antoni, but unlike others in here, I was willing to give him a chance and see what he could do before chasing him out of town. Well, now I've come to a verdict. The guy is a terrible fit for this team and I don't see it getting better. Nor do I hope that management/ownership start moving guys to get other types of players just to fit his system. Like another poster said, the best thing that could happen is for him to be canned and let Bickerstaff finish out the season. But that would be an embarrassing public relations fiasco, showing the whole league we don't know what we're doing. I don't think the Busses are humble enough to swallow that kind of pride, not to mention paying for two coaches/two contracts for guys who aren't working here anymore.
As far as epic disasters given pre-season expectations, this has got to rank up there in the top 5 all time in the history of the league. So it's painful, but I could think of worse.