Former Laker Orlando Woolridge, who played with the team from 1988-90, passed away yesterday at the age of 52.

EL SEGUNDO – The Los Angeles Lakers have promoted Glenn Carraro to Assistant General Manager, it was announced today by Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

The championship aspirations that have so consistently marked players who put on the Purple and Gold jersey were there coming into the 2011-12 campaign, yet again. Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum led the Lakers into a lockout shortened season that began on Christmas Day, the mindset simple: title or bust.

With the standard set and the talent good enough for another deep run, the team's ultimate loss in the Western Semi's -- despite signs of promise and flirtation with playoff success — was not what the Lakers had in mind.