The team concept has 13 to 15 players coming together to make each other better.
With a good team, individual flaws can be overcome. The Lakers are simply not a good team, not this year.
Whether they'll find themselves before it's too late remains to be seen. Where has there been any true improvement?
Steve Nash has always struggled defensively through his career. Kobe Bryant will do too much on offense and get lost on defense playing "center field."
Nash won back-to-back MVP awards as the same, limited defender. Bryant's headstrong style of play has helped lead the Lakers to five NBA championships.
Dwight Howard doesn't have a refined post game and can't shoot free throws - and yet he and the Orlando Magic made it to the Finals.