Contract Status: Player option
What was supposed to be a comeback season ended up much the same way the previous one did for Chris—with him sitting on the bench in street clothes. Mihm only played in 23 games this season, averaging 3.8 points in 12 minutes of play. After attempting several mini comebacks throughout the year, the center finally conceded to yet another foot surgery around the mid-way point of the season. Luckily for Chris, his recovery went well and he was able to play a few spot minutes in the playoffs, pain free too.
With Mihm expected to exercise his player option and return to the team next year, his role for now appears to be as a key backup center to Bynum, barring any free agent signings or trades that bring in other big men. However, in order to receive bigger minutes, Chris will have to show more rhythm and tenacity around the hoop after appearing tentative and out of place within the Lakers’ offense in his limited playoff minutes.