April 12, 2012 was a tough day for Los Angeles Lakers fans. Kobe Bryant pivoted, winced and fell almost all in one motion, and as the Laker captain went down with a torn achilles, he took the hopes of a real playoff run with him. Bryant walked to the free throw line and made both attempts to help his team win a much needed game before hobbling off into the locker room. But it’s a new season, with some familiar faces and some not-so familiar ones, too. Despite losing a franchise player in Dwight Howard, the Lakers might actually be a better team this season. How so? Read on to find out.