Kobe Bryant is confident the Lakers can win a title without altering their current roster, provided the team plays near-flawless basketball.
"We can (contend)," Bryant said. "We have to play very solid, near-perfect basketball, particularly with our second unit, which we have in the past. We're capable of contending. Our margin is just not as great as some of the other teams."
Mike Brown agreed with Bryant's assessment.
"I think this roster can contend for a championship,” Brown said. “I do agree with what Kobe says. We're an injury away, like we are now, from having to rely on rookies to help get us through and that's a tough situation when you start talking about championships.
"But, with other guys around them (rookie guards Andrew Goudelock and Darius Morris), I do feel we're capable of accomplishing that goal, yes."