Steve Nash was injured all year.Kobe Bryant was grounded 35 games into his 19th season, the third straight year that injury cut him short.Julius Randle, the 2014 lottery pick, went down for the season on opening night.Yes, that all really, really happened.Are we really shocked the result turned out so atrocious?“Obviously a tough season, no matter how you look at it,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said.But fear not, Lakers fans. The suffering may not have been in vain.“All we can do is go up,” forward Ed Davis reasoned. “It can’t get any worse than this.”• VIDEO: Laker fans speak out about nightmarish seasonThe lottery beckons, and if it casts a kind eye in the Lakers’ direction, they will be adding an impact newcomer by the middle of the summer. Perhaps two if they hit on their second first-round pick.Randle is on the mend from the broken leg he suffered on opening night. He is expected to be ready by training camp.Bryant will be back for his final year.The Lakers have a boatload of money to entice an impact free agent.And Jordan Clarkson, the lone bright spot from this forgetful season, will soar into the summer and next season powered by the momentum of a rookie season that unfolded about as well as can be expected for a second-round pick.More and more, Clarkson looks like he’s part of the solution moving forward.“We found a young player that we think is going to be pretty good in Jordan,” Scott said. “So that’s a big positive.”There is hope.It might be guarded.It might be cautious.But it is genuine.“It’s the start of the new wave,” Randle said. “It’s exciting. When you’re going through something and you have guys in a similar position and similar agenda, stuff like that, it makes things a little bit easier.”The worst season in Lakers history ended Wednesday.But one of the most pivotal offseasons in memory officially began.It’s now in the hands of Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak, who are tasked with figuring out how to clean up this mess.“When I wake up, the sense will be more to get ready for next year. I’m more excited about that than anything after tonight,” Scott said, “It’s knowing the situation we’re in and ability we have from a cap space standpoint. Knowing about the free agents out there, that’s the part I’m excited about.”That work begins ASAP.Almost the entire roster will be overhauled, the only guarantees to return are Randle, Clarkson and Bryant. “If we look at our team, the first thing we’ll do is Mitch, Jim and I will sit down Friday and start evaluating our talent and what we have,” Scott said, “Standing here right now, we have to pretty much improve every position. I’m not saying we’re starting from scratch. But we do have some pieces we’re very excited about with Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle. Those are two pieces we’re very excited about. A healthy Kobe coming back next year is obviously big for us. “The picks we have in this draft are a free agent market. We know we have a lot of work to do, but we’re very excited about it.”The worst season in Lakers history came to an end Wednesday.But for the Lakers, the work is just beginning. And so we move on.To what, we aren’t really sure.• PHOTOS: Predicting Lakers’ roster: who stays, who goes? But that’s a hell of a lot more exciting than the seven months we just endured watching some of the most awful basketball from a franchise for which so much is expected and so much is typically delivered.Whatever could go wrong, did go wrong. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The worst season in Lakers history ended with a barely audible last gasp Wednesday. Whatever fight the Lakers had was long gone by the time the Sacramento Kings officially pulled the plug on them. No priest was necessary. Last rites were read months ago.We barely knew this team, not that we cared much. And as we say our final goodbye, it’s half-hearted at best.Where there is a lack of love, there is a lack of care.About all we can muster is a big, hearty, loud good riddance!!