Andrew Bogut

This Lakers season can't end soon enough, or free agency begin soon enough

This Lakers season can't end soon enough, or free agency begin soon enough

The Lakers will sign LeBron James and another free agent to maximum contracts in the summer. Or they won’t.

And, really, that’s what will determine how quickly, or slowly, the Lakers reclaim their place as contenders.

Not a team meeting in late December. Not a few disgruntled voices on the far side of the locker room.

It’s understandable why the clearing-the-air forum Thursday became a major news story. Fans are tired of the team losing. They are tired of being told to wait, which is what they were told last year and the year before that. They want something to blame other than the actual problem, which is that this is still a team in the early stages of the rebuilding...

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