lakersin4 wrote:Center Court wrote:lakersin4 wrote:This season is all about proving the doubters wrong.. Kobe can't come back & be a top contributor.. Nash is done.. Pau is steadily declining & won't be able to step up as our main option in the post with no Dwight or Bynum to showcase. Jordan Hill can't stay healthy & can't handle a bigger role.. Nick Young is an inefficient chucker who is best in a limited role.. Wesley Johnson is a bust.. Kaman is declining & not a rotation player on a contender. Farmar can't come back & be a legit NBA PG. Kelly, Harris, Landry, Sacre are all completely unproven.. D'antoni can't coach a winner & The Lakers aren't The Lakers anymore. We have much to show & prove this season.. Last time I felt this way about the team was after we missed the playoffs following the Shaq trade.. I don't think anyone fits the theme this team is being built on better than Tyrus Thomas, & we just happen to be thin at PF & lacking athletes that can block shots. Hopefully we give him a shot & he's interested, but either way, it's going to be a very interesting season. It's strange & possibly not in the best interest of the team, but I'm looking foward to seeing if this group of guys can step up & overachieve more than I would be if we kept Dwight & made safe veteran minimum signings. If Kobe, Pau, & Nash can stay relatively healthy & play at a high level, & the role players step up/an unproven player or 2 becomes a rotation player, this team is going to be so much better than anyone expects.
Good post but "better than anybody expects" means at best a 5th seed. That would meaning we're playing incredible basketball and someone else is failing. Clips, Houston, OKC, GS, SAS, Memphis, Denver, Minny, Dallas, Portland, and NO are all looking for playoff berths. The first 6 are clearly better than us.
What does that prove to sneak in the the playoffs? That Kobe, Nash,Gasol still got it? Then what? I doubt LeBron or Melo are Lakers.
That's why I keep harping ont he fact that a high lotto pick in this draft is worth the failure. Wiggins, Parker, Randle, and Gordon are all going to be prominent players in the NBA. Wiggins has LeBron level excitement out of HS. IMO Gordon is going to be a franchise changer. Drafting one of them can be the first steps to rebuilding as a dynasty. Wait til 2015 then sign Rondo, Love, Hibbert, etc etc.
I hate to see us lose but sometimes it's a a necessary evil.
I don't think we're bad enough for losing to really help us.. Unless Kobe & Pau completely fall off, they can carry us to the 10th seed worst case.. Even if this season is comparable to the season after we traded Shaq, that still leaves us not near the bottom of the West & only missing the playoffs by a few games.. Wiggins isn't the only hyped player in this draft, they say it's a deep draft as well, so maybe we pick around 10 again like when we got Bynum & lightning strikes twice.. It's possible but I don't think that's something we should be depending on.. Our best bet is to prove that Kobe & Pau, & possibly even Nash are still players a superstar should consider joining to win championships.. We're not going to do that by getting a late lottery pick..Lebron is probably impossible as the Heat are likely to 3peat, but Lebron isn't the only star in the league & free agency isn't the only way to acquire a star.. Maybe we get Melo or Cousins or go after a smaller name like Deng or Granger & try to acquire a superstar via trade.. I think every team in the league's plan A is signing Lebron, but I'd be willing to bet Mitch has his eye on the 2015 class & will try to acquire Love or LMA before they hit free agency..
I agree it's a deep draft, but the fact that we don't draft often and our lack of high draft history worries me. Bynum was a good pick. Hopefully we'd draft equally as well this time around. Air Gordon is a guy I'd love to draft.
For me, the perfect scenario would be LeBron and Melo. But that's not happening. A situation I hope comes to fruition is Cousins that is somewhat plausible. He reminds me of a more mobile/agile Marc Gasol. Not sure he can defend that way but his size and skill is franchise player worthy. I think he needs a new team with a new focus and high expectations. Then he'll grow up.
Sign Granger or Deng to a smaller deal $10M per then in 2015 go for Rondo and Love. Resign Kobe for his final season and that's a roster I can get excited about. Cousins/Love/Granger/Kobe/Rondo.
But if we could draft a potential star wing like Wiggins, Gordon (SF), Parker, Randle, etc then do the above level moves, we'd be set up for years to come.
No matter what I do, I clear contracts for when Kyrie is a UFA. I think he's one of those guys who beleives in tradition and welcomes the burden of living up to that.