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Lakers forced to fight through early season adversity

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The Los Angeles Lakers are 0-2 for the first time since the 2002-2003 NBA season and, unfortunately for them, things could get much worse before they get any better.

After suffering their second loss in consecutive nights to start the season Kobe and company find themselves fighting through early season adversity unforeseen, incredibly, just a few weeks prior to the start of this impromptu 2011-12 NBA campaign.

As if losing out to their cross-town rivals the L.A. Clippers for the highly sought after services of one Chris Paul wasn’t enough, now the Lakers find themselves looking up in the standings to every other team in a Division they’ve owned since Pau Gasol came to town.

Couple the loss of Paul with the subsequent and eerie absence of Laker faithful Lamar Odom due to a trade with the Dallas Mavericks before the season and you now have the makings of a strange World turned quickly upside down in Lakerland.

Unbelievably to make matters even worse, in their opening day loss to the Chicago Bulls Kobe Bryant suffered ligament damage in his right wrist attempting to score on a driving layup; putting even more pressure on the  club in an already pressure-packed and intensified shortened season where every game carries significantly more weight than in previous years.

Taking a closer look at the schedule L.A. is set to play Utah Tuesday night; making it their third game in three nights to begin the season.

The Lakers tired, unsure and thin at virtually every position, will be asked to halt the growing herd of critics and best a Jazz team loaded with young and eager talent.

Judging by their 100-91 loss to the young, eager and, one-would-think, lowly Kings Monday night; the chances of that happening are not as sure as once thought.

If the Lakers do manage to get by the Jazz with a much-needed W at home, things don’t get any easier as they get set to face Carmelo Anthony‘s Knicks on TNT Thursday night.

All this without the services of their young center Andrew Bynum who is serving a 4-game early season suspension for his flagrant foul on diminutive former Mavericks’ point guard J.J. Barea in the second round of last season’s playoffs.

No CP3.  No Odom.  No Bynum.  A hurt Kobe Bryant.  A subpar Pau Gasol and a roster full of unproven young talent, older vets and cast out NBA journeymen.

Probably not the start the now Phil Jackson-less Lakers had in mind, but guess what…Basketball never stops as the unapologetically painful ad states.

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