Lakers' success hinges on Malone's health
And everyone is asking if that is enough time to salvage a season marked by injury, in fighting and a rape case against Kobe Bryant that won't go away anytime soon.
"Despite all that's going on, my main contention is that 99 percent of it is injury-related," general manager Mitch Kupchak said in the L.A. Daily News. "The problems as far as players speaking out, I think a lot of it is due to frustration -- frustration over not winning as many games as we hoped to win. If we can get this group back together and have them play together for close to a month, then we have to feel fortunate."