The Fix Is In
Tony seems to think (and I tend to agree) that the fix is in with the NBA lottery and that, much in the same way that the Knicks were 'lucky' enough to get Patrick Ewing that the Lakers will get the #1 pick, take Andrew Bogut and be back in the playoffs.
Like I said, I dont' doubt that the Lakers will win a fixed lottery. My only contention would be that Andrew Bogut suddenly makes the Lakers a playoff team. Who exactly are they going to leap frog to take away a spot? You figure 1-5 are completely solid for next year (San Antonio, Phoenix, Dallas, Houston and Denver). leaving three spots open for the following teams; Seattle (all depends on free agency losses), Memphis (can't help but be healthier next season), Sacramento, the newly energized Golden State Warriors, a possibly re-tooled Minnesota and a continually improving L.A. Clippers team.
Even if the lottery was so fixed that they gave the Lakers the top 2 picks, I don't think you plug a couple of college players onto that team and suddenly become showtime again, and given their cap difficulties and the fact that Jerry West ain't walkin' through that door, the Lake show's in for a long drought.