Former Lakers star and general manager Jerry West told ESPNNewYork.com he's still confident in his former team.
"I believe they're going to make the playoffs," West said of the Lakers (23-26). "Look out West, there are some teams two or three games over .500, so they can do it."
Of course those comments came before Tuesday night's victory over the Brooklyn Nets in which Pau Gasol went down with a foot injury. The results of a MRI scheduled for Wednesday have yet to be released.
Naturally the Lakers will have other issues if Gasol is sidelined for any significant period.
"Their biggest issue has been defensively," said West. "But I think they're playing better defensively now, and Kobe [Bryant's] play has been extraordinary, the way he's not shooting as much and getting other people involved."