What's next for the Lakers?

Did Dwight Howard's ejection Sunday night foreshadow his exit from the Lakers? Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

The elements of a classic NBA soap opera were all there: Bloated payroll. Old players. An unstable coaching situation. A woefully disappointing record. Relentless off-court drama. The curtain finally fell on the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, when a tumultuous season ended with a whimper after a fourth straight loss to the San Antonio Spurs.