In a 10-minutes-young NBA season that’s had its fair share of surprises already, the Lakers qualify as a single entity offering both good and bad shock appeal.
Just one month in, the Lakers have given a season’s worth of grief and relief, alarm and comfort, gloom and boom. First there was a bombastic summer (Steve Nash and Dwight Howard!), then a sunny preseason forecast (Kobe Bryant likes the team!), followed by a storm warning (Lakers will employ … the Princeton offense?), then a seismic opening week when all hell broke loose (sound the alarms!).
And so, for a while there, the Lakers toggled between surprise extremes, the good and the bad, in their very own theater of the absurd.