Los Angeles Lakers will debate overhaul after playoff exit

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Los Angeles Lakers' Andrew Bynum walks off the court after the Lakers lost 106-90 to the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game 5 in their NBA basketball Western Conference semifinal playoff series, Monday, May 21, 2012, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

GREG BEACHAM,AP Sports

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol spent the final minutes of the Los Angeles Lakers’ final game arguing in Oklahoma City, disagreeing on the best way to run a pick-and-roll play.

It might have been the tandem’s last few minutes together with a franchise that has little patience when even great players stop bringing home rings.

The Lakers were eliminated in the second round for the second straight year Monday night with a five-game loss to the Thunder.

Although the Lakers had a solid season despite getting no real training camp to make the enormous switch from coaches Phil Jackson to Mike Brown, they weren’t as good as the NBA’s best.

That likely means changes for a franchise and a fan base that considers seasons ending before June to be failures.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.