skyblog: loss of passion

skyblog: loss of passion

Postby Sky on Thu Oct 25, 2007 7:08 pm

Now is the winter of our discontent. The NBA season is days away and few Laker fans seem pumped about it. Los Angeles, where indifference happens.

I’ve been a Laker diehard since 1971 and I’ve never seen the apathy this pervasive. “The Lakers are my team but I can’t get into it the way I used to, every game was must see tv. Now? Meh.”

Used to be Laker games were an event, a time to get together with friends and bleed purple and gold at Staples or the living room. 2000 WCF game 7 when the impossible became real. The pure elation of Horry’s heroics vs. Sac. The Ko-be Ko-be OT game vs. the Pacers. Shaq as wrecking ball just crushing teams in the finals. Showtime vs. the Celtics in the ultimate battle of good vs. evil. Amazing did happen. Nightly.

Now entire seasons seem inevitably over before they’ve begun. First round exits are easier to predict than the LA weather. The combination of no defense at 1 and no anchor means no second round. The front office may finally understand that, but their answer is wait on Bynum and the young 1’s. If waiting is all they plan to do then the second round can wait too - for another two seasons.

The championship garden that used to set the standard is now overrun with weeds. The gardener left. His magic Bean is all that remains and will be replanted within the next 12 months. The rest of the shrubs just fade into the landscape. A lot of faith has been placed in Bynum and Crittenton but they’ll need years of growth.

The Lakers were the Lakers because they were a fan’s dream, winning championships was all that mattered. No longer, and this is at the very heart of the loss of passion. Championships are no longer first. Now it’s about waiting for Bynum, waiting for a great offer for Kobe, waiting for the home run trade, waiting for someone from the outside to pull them out of this hole because they are utterly incapable of saving themselves.

The irony is that they are now so dependent on outside help that getting it makes it all the more unlikely. They need too much and are counting on a Kobe trade to make up for years of bad decisions.

When a needy guy walks into a bar the women know it immediately. So too with GMs. Just as the guy can’t get the babe that way, so too with the Lakers in a Kobe deal. They have to wait for a team to not just want Kobe Bryant but truly need him. The babe has to come to them. Only then will LA have a chance at getting value in return.

So we wait. And wait. And apathy sets in. It’s not just on one guy, some would like to think it is, if only it were that easy. And the nominees are…

Dr. Jerry Buss – Moved over to the passenger seat and let his son take the wheel, only to discover that Jim didn’t know how to drive a stick. Car’s been stuck in neutral ever since.

Jim Buss – Build around Kobe or rebuild with youth? Both. Spend now or plan for cap room in the future? Both. Apathy due to lack of clear direction or lack of talent? Both.

Mitch Kupchak – Surprised he hasn’t made a public show of going after Antoine Walker yet. If there’s one thing this team needs it’s a gunner matador. “We only have five. We NEED six.”

Phil Jackson – The woeful defense begins with Kupchak’s affinity for offense first defense dead last with a bullet players, but it doesn’t end there. Jackson claims he’s working on defense every camp. What happens? 29th in defense this pre-season, 20s in the regular season.

Kobe Bryant – The public will roll with a diva as long as the success is there. When the success is gone the diva is just too high maintenance. Diva fatigue with Kobe is at epidemic levels, drama fatigue with the Lakers is pandemic.

If Laker fans cared enough to shout ”enough already!” they would, but they’re too busy watching something else. Until the 4th quarter.
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Postby trodgers on Thu Oct 25, 2007 7:17 pm

Yeah, it does seem as if the Lakers' O has gotten even better while the defense has gotten even worse, but it's preseason. I'm not sure how much stock we can put in those numbers. Six games with a bunch of scrubs playing at least half of the minutes?

In other news, Walker has been traded so the Lakers can abandon their secret plans to acquire the guy.
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Postby Punk-101 on Thu Oct 25, 2007 7:19 pm

*At the top of my lungs*

"Enough already!"

Great read as always Sky.
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Postby lakerfan666 on Thu Oct 25, 2007 7:51 pm

the really sad thing is that people think just because we are the lakers we will magically, despite our c****y FO will be back on top winning championships
i bet thats what Celtic fans use to think
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Postby Sky on Thu Oct 25, 2007 7:51 pm

Amen Punk, you and me both, and thanks.

TR - You haven't seen the last of Toine yet. Minny is buying him out and then he will go team shopping for vet min. Mitch better not be in line but I wouldn't put it past him.

Defense with scrubs playing in x games may not mean much, but it does mean something when the starters get shelled. When you claim the focus in camp is D, and you get shredded like this, shows that itt's ether lip service, the players, or both. I also added the regular season ranking to anchor the idea.
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Postby Kobe is the best!!!!!! on Fri Oct 26, 2007 5:44 am

Sky, lemme just c/p what I wrote in another thread.

Please ignore A Rush, he's a well known laughing stock around here.

Sky, what can I say. You need to do this for living.
Your writing is amazing. You could probably write a best seller book if you wanted, too. And you know so much about the game.

I tell you what.

We should all send this to the LaTimes or something, vouch for you and have them read your posts and other blog entries.
They'd be begging you to come. Unless you're doing something much better right now in your life.

But that was just amazing. People don't know what they're missing by not reading you. They don't.

Man, all pieces fit. You need to write for living in a big newspapers like the Times.
I mean, it's just such a shame you don't.

No offense to Emplay...he's a very good writer and a reporter.
But you Sky, you could be something else with those unique writing skills, metaphors and your incredible basketball knowledge.

You need to show those media hacks how it's done.

You need to become a columnist for the Times or get a job with the ESPN or something, you're that good.

I'm dead serious, as someone who's been reading your "casual" posts for years.
Your casual posts provide more insight and knowledge than most's people hard work. When you put effort into it like isn't even funny, it's Pulitzer's worthy!!!!!
Kobe is the best!!!!!!

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Postby JSM on Sat Oct 27, 2007 5:15 pm

Sad. But True. This franchise has definitely seen brighter days. Watching rookies develop, waiting for Kobe to pack his bag, and the season that will inevitably end in a first round exit doesn't exactly pump you up for the season.

Great job as usual Sky.
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Postby The Maverick on Sun Oct 28, 2007 7:50 am

You're a great writer Sky. I love reading your stuff.

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Postby CrazyLikeCatfish on Sun Oct 28, 2007 2:36 pm

The Maverick wrote:You're a great writer Sky. I love reading your stuff.

Same here. I wish that gardener would come back and take care the weeds. I also wish it was as simple as that.
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Postby FernieBee on Mon Nov 05, 2007 3:06 pm

I've always enjoyed your takes, Sky, ever since I first started reading your posts back on FanHome, about 5 years ago. Since then, I've followed you around...from LG to LT to CL, with some other places in-between. :mhihi:

Anyway, it's good to see your passion for writing about the Lakers has found a fitting home, here on CL.


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