Other Teams Loving Our Struggles

Other Teams Loving Our Struggles

Postby West's Formula 44 on Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:52 am

As might be expected...

Money May Not Be Enough To Fix Los Angeles Lakers’ Problems

January 15, 2014 11:04 am EST by Karim Akbar

The Los Angeles Lakers can’t get lower than their current levels, can they? If the Lakers keep losing games Jack Nicholson won’t have any hair left. I mean we are talking about one of the most storied franchises in NBA history, right? Fans are up in arms with many already talking ‘tankjob’ while the team soldiers on as best as they can. This is a Laker team on a serious shoestring budget and the results have proven that, but can ownership buy their way out of their slump? It’s unlikely.

To examine where the Lakers go from here we have to first account for who will be on the team next season. Pau Gasol has been the subject of many trade scenarios, but the team has backed off on those talks — though I’m sure Lakers’ brass would move the big Spaniard for some pieces in return. Pau’s contract is up after this season so a trade now would be a good idea, but let’s say Gasol is offered an extension and stays a Laker. He will be joined by Kobe Bryant — who should sit out this season in my opinion – Robert Sacre, an aging hobbled Steve Nash and Nick Young. Not exactly a murderer’s row of players.

With just a few players under contract it’s easy to see that general manager Mitch Kupchak is possibly biding time before opening up the bank of Staples Center to sign some lucrative free agents. The stars the Lakers covet include Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love who is growing increasingly frustrated in Minnesota. The Lakers will also take a strong look at nabbing Carmelo Anthony who many say is well on his way out with the New York Knicks. But with stiff luxury tax initiatives in place under the new collective bargaining agreement, Mitch won’t exactly be handing out checks left and right. But let’s say the Lakers are able to somehow land both stars; then what?

The Lakers are still aging at core positions, and Kobe Bryant, while still lethal, is long in the tooth with tons of mileage on his balky knees. Besides the last time the Lakers cobbled together an All-Star team it didn’t exactly work out like they hoped. That was in 2004 when the Lakers were beaten by the Detroit Pistons in the Finals. Kobe went 28-for-86 in that series and publicly stated he wouldn’t re-sign with the team. Karl Malone and Gary Payton left La-La land ringless and bruised, and Malone didn’t even suit for the Game 5 finale.

Of course this Laker squad will have much better pieces going into next season but still face the same uncertainty of that 2004 season. How well can Kobe play if and when he does return? Are the Lakers still a viable landing spot for free agents? That answer is likely a yes as stars are always attracted to the Hollywood lights, but all that glitters is not gold. If you’re a free agent to be you better be careful what you wish for. This team may shell out some bucks, but with so much tied to Kobe there’s not much left over to rebuild.

This team faces more questions than it has answers, and we haven’t even touched on the subject of what the Lakers will do in the draft. Either way, the Lakers have some serious soul-searching to do because I’m not exactly sure they know how to fix their problems. For once money might not be enough to get the job done.

Karim Akbar is a Sacramento Kings writer for Rantsports, For More Sacramento Kings News, “Like” his RantSports page on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+
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Re: Other Teams Loving Our Struggles

Postby scissors on Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:59 am

This foo needs to worry about his own team.
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Re: Other Teams Loving Our Struggles

Postby West's Formula 44 on Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:10 am

scissors wrote:This foo needs to worry about his own team.


They have Cousins, Gay and Thomas, but so far that hasn't made them any better than us.
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Re: Other Teams Loving Our Struggles

Postby lakerfan2 on Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:11 am

You really posted an article from a site called "Rantsports"?

I could care less what people think of the Lakers, let alone a Sacramento Kings writer who's team almost got sold to Seattle and is making the most random trades of all time.
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Re: Other Teams Loving Our Struggles

Postby Lakerjones on Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:13 am

Not to be too critical but I'm not sure the thread title really relates to the article so entirely. More like a writer's critique of the Lakers.
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Re: Other Teams Loving Our Struggles

Postby West's Formula 44 on Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:20 am

lakerfan2 wrote:You really posted an article from a site called "Rantsports"?


I find it interesting to read what fans of other teams think of us, and the rationales they use to make themselves feel better about their own plight.
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Re: Other Teams Loving Our Struggles

Postby West's Formula 44 on Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:22 am

Lakerjones wrote:Not to be too critical but I'm not sure the thread title really relates to the article so entirely. More like a writer's critique of the Lakers.


But coming from the fan of a team that Phil Jackson once referred to as a "cow-town," and Shaquille O'Neal called the "Sacramento Queens," it comes off as more than slightly hopeful and bitter.

My fear is Jim Buss may prove their bitter ramblings prophetic.
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Re: Other Teams Loving Our Struggles

Postby abeer3 on Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:54 pm

all of that misery and the lakers are still somehow as good (bad?) as his kings. i think fans of really bad teams have gotten so used to selling hope that they believe it's a real commodity. i'm guessing the lakers will be good again before the kings, despite all of their youth, hope, plans, etc.

the writing is fairly uninformed, anyway, as the writer has a pretty loose grip on cap and tax issues.
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Re: Other Teams Loving Our Struggles

Postby trodgers on Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:57 pm

Salt in the wounds - but I like it. Let them enjoy it. Imagine how sweet their tears will be.
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Re: Other Teams Loving Our Struggles

Postby puffyusaf#2 on Wed Jan 15, 2014 1:27 pm

and the care level remains at zero. It isn't a shock that other teams or other teams fans would love seeing the Lakers struggle.
For what it's worth, the Lakers also clinched the Pacific Division, an achievement Bryant dismissed by saying "We don't hang divisions." No, only the big NBA championship banners are considered wall-worthy for the Lakers.
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Re: Other Teams Loving Our Struggles

Postby V.V.V.V.V. on Wed Jan 15, 2014 3:25 pm

His 04 history is misleading at best. Kobe used the Clippers as leverage to sign a better deal, and Malone didn't suit up in game 5 because he was injured.

The Knicks have been trying for years to buy their way out of mediocrity. The Lakers have used money and Dr. Buss's smarts to stay competitive.

The new CBA forces big spenders to take a year off every few years and be cheap and terrible. But we'll be back next year.
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Re: Other Teams Loving Our Struggles

Postby charvin on Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:14 pm

The other teams will say the exact opposite if these "struggles" lead to a Top 3 Draft pick.
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Re: Other Teams Loving Our Struggles

Postby pound4pound1 on Fri Jan 17, 2014 10:59 am

charvin wrote:The other teams will say the exact opposite if these "struggles" lead to a Top 3 Draft pick.




pretty much...they enjoy all this now but if the Lakers get a top 3 pick, everyone will be back to crying
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