Watching this Los Angeles Lakers team stumble and bumble through games is very upsetting to Laker fans everywhere. It really doesn’t matter whether they win or lose anymore because the team just looks awful. The starters look disinterested. The bench looks lifeless. Some players look confused because they don’t know their roles. And the coaches look overmatched. Some of this is caused by the unique problems of coaching in a strike year with no preseason and an unheard-of free-agent deadline that ended during the truncated preseason.