When LeBron James signed with the Lakers over the summer, the immediate assumption was that the team would finally make the postseason again. The franchise had missed the playoffs in each of the previous five seasons and the last time they did make it (2012-13), they were bounced in the first round. Considering that the team had just added arguably the best player in the league, making the playoffs seemed like a safe bet.
Well, that is no longer the case. Following the All-Star Break, the team sits a game below .500 and in 10th place in the Western Conference, three games back of the crosstown Clippers for the eighth and final playoff spot. FiveThirtyEight’s projections give the team just a 25 percent probability of making it to the po