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Lakers' front office a problem?

On the day it was confirmed that Kobe Bryant would miss the rest of the 2013-14 season, the Los Angeles Lakers star spoke in not-so-glowing terms about his team's front office. "I think we have to start at the top in terms of the culture of our team," Bryant said, referring to Jim and Jeanie Buss. Another Lakers legend, Magic Johnson, also hit out at the Lakers for not hiring the New York Knicks-bound Phil Jackson. Is the Lakers' front office to blame for the team's sorry state of affairs? Will they turn it around?

Who/what is most to blame for the Lakers' struggles this season?

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It's quite possible we've seen the last of Steve Nash as an NBA player. At the very least, Nash likely won't make a major impact on a team even if he returns. In other words, we're at a spot where we might be able to place the 18-year man with more than 10,000 assists on the list of all-time NBA point guards. Where does he belong? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

More: Should Steve Nash retire? Will he?

All-time NBA point guards

Tiny Archibald

Tiny Archibald

Nate "Tiny" Archibald
6,476 assists
7.4 assists per game

Chauncey Billups

Chauncey Billups

Chauncey Billups
5,636 assists
5.4 assists per game

Dave Bing

Dave Bing

Dave Bing
5,397 assists
6.0 assists per game

Maurice Cheeks

Maurice Cheeks

Dave Bing
5,397 assists
6.0 assists per game

Bob Cousy

Bob Cousy

Bob Cousy
6,955 assists
7.5 assists per game

Walt Frazier

Walt Frazier

Walt Frazier
5,040 assists
6.1 assists per game

Tim Hardaway

Tim Hardaway

Tim Hardaway
7,095 assists
8.2 assists per game

Mark Jackson

Mark Jackson

Mark Jackson
10,334 assists
8.0 assists per game

Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson
6,711 assists
9.1 assists per game

Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson

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Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd
12,091 assists
8.7 assists per game

Andre Miller

Andre Miller

Andre Miller
8,070 assists
7.0 assists per game

Steve Nash

Steve Nash

Steve Nash
10,296 assists
8.5 assists per game

Tony Parker

Tony Parker

Tony Parker
5,547 assists
6.0 assists per game (as of June 3)

Chris Paul

Chris Paul

Chris Paul
5,914 assists
9.9 assists per game

Gary Payton

Gary Payton

Gary Payton
8,966 assists
6.7 assists per game

Oscar Robertson

Oscar Robertson

Oscar Robertson
9,887 assists
9.5 assists per game

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose
1,954 assists
6.8 assists per game (as of Jan. 3)

John Stockton

John Stockton

John Stockton
15,806 assists
10.5 assists per game

Isiah Thomas

Isiah Thomas

Isiah Thomas
9.061 assists
9.3 assists per game

Lenny Wilkens

Lenny Wilkens

Lenny Wilkens
7,211 assists
6.7 assists per game

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Is Steve Nash's career over?

Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said Monday that Steve Nash likely won't play again in 2013-14. And with the point guard struggling with health issues for the better part of two seasons, it's safe to wonder whether we've seen the last of Nash as an NBA player. Nash, meanwhile, said "we'll see" when asked whether he'll return this season, and has given mixed signals as to whether he wants to play in 2014-15. Is this it for the man with more than 10,000 assists to his name over 18 seasons with the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Lakers?

More: Rank 'Em: Best Point Guards in NBA History

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  • How much does Steve Nash's lack of an NBA Finals appearance affect your view of him as a player?

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ESPN Insider Kevin Pelton gave the Los Angeles Lakers an A for trading Steve Blake to the Golden State Warriors for MarShon Brooks, Kent Bazemore and, most importantly, money savings and lottery positioning. Lakers star Kobe Bryant, meanwhile, likely would not be so generous if forced to attach a letter to the move. A day after the trade, Bryant tweeted his displeasure, labeling the deal "not cool." A source told ESPN.com that this was meant to show support for Blake, not tweak the organization, but it's hard not to read a little anger into the missive.

Now, this is far from likely to create a rift between Bryant and the team that gave him a two-year, $48.5 million extension in November. But was Bryant still a little out of line?

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Bryant and Blake are done teaming up.

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How do you feel about Kobe Bryant saying he's "not cool" with the Steve Blake trade?

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Dwight Howard faces Lakers

Dwight Howard returns to Los Angeles to face his former team the Lakers on Wednesday. Howard spent one season in L.A. before departing for the Rockets via free agency. Houston's big man is certain to hear plenty of boos tonight, but does SportsNation blame him for leaving Los Angeles? Vote below!

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