Let's say you were a free agent and had some decent choices of where you wanted to go. You sure as hell wouldn't look at the Lakers.
Let's say, you're a West Coast kind of guy and love the Lakers., you might want to start your career with the Lakers. Who would want to stand in the shadow of Kobe who is no mentor at all, to say the least or endure the confusion and chaos of the Buss-Fuss?
Until Jeannie takes over the reins, it's likely to remain on the bottom. Sad state of affairs.