I am also genuinely curious if the Lakers even practice jump shooting anymore like, actually practice it. All last season, all preseason and now in the opener, jump shots just do. not. fall. for this team. Players who are supposed to be reliable enough shooters suddenly become D-league caliber when they get on the Lakers. Wide open shots that most teams, most of the time, will reliably make, are an unexpected gift when they fall for LA.
The only real silver lining is that Gasol and Howard, so far(and through the preseason as well) do work well together. Their high-low game should be very effective, but in typical WTF fashion, the Lakers can't seem to actually aggressively pursue any consistent form of offense for more than a minute or so at a time and will gladly move away from whatever is working.