wallangong wrote:^ another gem.
if i see one more suggestion of using the amnesty on Kobe i'll probably tase myself.
Dude, I LOVE Kobe, but let's be less selfish here as Lakers fans. As much as I want to see him retire in Purple and Gold, he seriously doesn't deserve to toil on a team that will require him to carry them to 12th place in the conference, especially since he didn't do anything to deserve the incompetence that the front office has displayed over the past 2 seasons. And at this stage of his career, coming off of the worst injury he's ever had, he will need time to round back into form and we all know he will push too hard trying to lift the team if he is still here.
He needs time to heal and a chance to compete into June. We can't offer that, and honestly the sooner we start rebuilding the better. Let Kobe walk for this year, and if he wants to come back next summer on the cheap (MLE level) for two or three years, then I welcome him with open arms, but the only way we are going to be in a position to be able to reload is if our organization saves as much money as possible and positions itself to get under the cap one year sooner so that when we restock we won't face repeater taxes until 3 or 4 years down the road.
Kobe can save us TONS of cap penalties because releasing him IMMEDIATELY gets us UNDER THE CAP. It's the right thing to do. I don't want it to happen, but it makes financial and basketball sense right now, mainly because our only first round pick in the next two years needs to be as valuable as possible, and the Buss family needs to save as much money fir future roster investment as they can. It's a no brainer, for me.
The End is nigh. Time for a total Cut and Shuffle. Kobe contract was a mistake...time to avoid making more. The future is here, whether we want it to be or not. An era is over, but for the death rattle, and it's time for the cycle to begin anew. Growth and change are scary and painful, but alas...nothing worth achieving comes easily.