He's baaaaaack for the Lakers.

Not Steve Nash.

This was the return of Pau Gasol.

Having Gasol back and in a good place, mentally and physically, is ultra important to the Lakers.

The Lakers are getting all the pieces of their puzzle back together, with Nash expected back by Christmas.

But don't think that means the Lakers are getting their act together. On the contrary.

We cant expect Nash to be a one-man problem solver. He's not a savior, but were making him out to be the way.

The Lakers are broken. Their problems are too tall and too many and too daunting. There is too much ground to make up.

You know it's bad when the Lakers struggle at home against the Charlotte Bobcats, and squeak out a 101-100 victory, as they did Tuesday night.

They survived a flurry of four missed shots in the waning seconds, one of which Dwight Howard swatted away.

Gasol was back on the bench the final 2:36 and wasn't thrilled about it. D'Antoni said Gasol was good for the first five, six, seven minutes of each half and then got tired afterward.

"Hopefully, it wont happen too often," Gasol said. "When the game is on the line, I need to be on the court. That's what I get paid to do."

The Lakers get paid to do a lot of things they're not doing these days. And fans, who spend much money on tickets, are letting their collective mouths do the talking.