It remained hard for TNT NBA analyst Kenny Smith to contain his laughter.

Of all the story lines entering the NBA's All-Star weekend in Houston, there seems to be one topic he never can avoid addressing.

The Lakers entered this season with plenty of hype surrounding big acquisitions in Dwight Howard and Steve Nash. But they enter the All-Star break in 10th place in the Western Conference with a 25-29 record. The Lakers trail the Houston Rockets by 3 1/2 games for the eighth postseason seed, a place Smith remains convinced they won't reach.

"Why do we keep talking about a team that's not going to make the playoffs?" Smith said. "It's just amazing. Nationally, they talk about it.

"No one's talking about the demise of the Minnesota Timberwolves. I'm tired of talking about guys who don't produce."

Nonethless, Smith willingly obliged on dissecting what exactly has gone wrong with the purple and gold.

QUESTION: What's disappointed you the most with how the Lakers have played this season?

ANSWER: What's disappointing as a basketball fan is I was expecting the Lakers to make a run and have an opportunity for four possible Hall of Famers and six former All-Stars to play at one time. That's an intriguing story. Now you're talking about the demise of that. I don't think that's fun.