For a team with the highest of expectations, the Lakers have looked a jumbled mess so far this preseason.
By nearly every measure, the franchise has been outplayed through their five winless exhibition games.
Whether it's the partial institution of the Princeton offense, Coach Mike Brown experimenting with his roster, or simply the absence of All-Star center Dwight Howard, the Lakers are the only team in the league without a preseason victory.
Offensively, the Lakers have shot 39.4% from the field and 32.9% from three-point range. They're on the wrong side of the numbers in rebounding, assists, steals, blocked shots, turnovers, personal fouls and points. The only positive is slightly better free-throw shooting at 74.8% compared to their opponents' 74.3%.
That's simply not a winning formula.
A motion offense often comes with a learning curve. The Lakers seem tentative and unsure. The team has no cohesion, no flow. Simply put, the Lakers are not ready for the regular season.