let's get off the whole Stern screwed the Lakers. It's done. He's in charge of running a team and when you trade a superstar without having another one waiting in the wings, it's time to rebuild. Odom/Scola/Martin is a very good package for a team that is looking to keep the train moving. Do I think it was a messed up situation? Hell yes. But he's trying to sell that team for top dollar and that involves rebuilding properly. The package they got is vastly superior to ours.
Jim Buss is screwing us that hardest.
He turned down Bynum for Melo
He hired Mike Brown over Rick Adleman and JVG.
He let's Shannon walk and signs Kapono as our backup 2.
He trades Lamar Odom for a TE and a late first round pick.
Do you actually think for a min that these were Kupchak's moves? Hell no.We had the opportunity to keep this team in tact, made small tweaks like a starting pg, signing McRoberts, etc. and we would have been ready to go. Now we have lost our 6th man, our #2 player has lost all focus, and Kobe is slowly getting angry.
So yeah, CP3 to Lakers was a messed up decision by Stern, but Jim Buss is a POS owner and he's going to kill this franchise.
At least if we kept Odom we could have traded Bynum/Gasol for Howard/Hedo and Sasha TPE/Jameer.
That would have been fine also.
Now were are banking on getting Howard for Bynum and the TPE. If it doesn't hapen, we better find a way to flip that TE into some collection of players so that we can round out our bench.
This franchise is in a state of emergency. Unless Bynum turns into a prime Kareem/Shaq/Duncan mix....
Out of all of our needs, look at what we've improved since last season
Starting PG- Nope
Backup SG- Nope
Back Up big man- Check. But we lost Odom, so NOPE.
Fisher and Blake are still starters. Kapono is a backup 2. No more Odom.