Lets be realistic, the Lakers are almost at midpoint in the season with 34 games played, and they are 4 games behind the 8th seed in the West. To make matters worse, Denver and Utah who are both ahead of them fighting for the lower seeds (atleast for now), have had arguably the most difficult schedules in the league, as they are the heaviest in road games, while the Lakers have played 2 more home games than road games. Want to make matters MUCH worse? The Lakers are piling up the injuries.
Not sure what the Rockets or Bullets had to overcome, but the Lakers have a coach that is just a terrible fit. Howard and Gasol are NOTHING like prime Stoudemire and Marion, then Kobe has been a player that has played his whole career with Fisher in a triangle offense, he's an ISO player, not a 3pt speacialist, which is usually the role of a SG for Mike D'Antoni. Then there is Nash's age.
I really think that Mike Brown would of figured it out by now, Phil Jackson would probably have them in the 5 in the league, or close, and would have them finish up there, but the second they got D'Antoni, I knew this was a disaster.