Here’s a question is #Kobe the #Lakers real problem? Trash Talk: Kobe proves he’ll never be like Mike – NBA- NBC Sports

It’s a challenge to pinpoint exactly who is responsible for the Lakers’ ghastly 15-18 start to the 2012-13 NBA season. It’s like a game of “Clue,” except nobody around the Lakers has a clue.

Is head coach Mike D’Antoni simply a bad fit? Are they reeling because Dwight Howard hasn’t recovered from offseason back surgery, and now has a shoulder problem on top of it? What about Steve Nash’s absence for the first couple months? Is Pau Gasol broken mentally? Is the bench that poor?

Here’s another possibility: Maybe a significant portion of the problem involves the best guy on the team.