Hey guys. Been registered here since 2011 but read before that. I don't find the time to post much, but I peruse this forum about on a daily basis. The frustration has been brewing here recently and I just had to see if anyone else felt the same way.
In 2011 when we were swept by Dallas, we should've known then that we were done. Hindsight is always 20/20, but it's true. We should've just blew up everything then. However, we still had Kobe, Bynum was improving and we all thought Pau might bounce back from his pathetic showing that year. And I think most of us thought we could return to title contention, too.
Fast forward two years later. After a failed experiment with Mike Brown at the helm and another second round exit, we build a super team that is meant to destroy the league. On paper, it's hands down the best squad. In reality, though, it's a total train wreck. The Titanic of professional sports. We've tried a new coach (that the FO has committed to), hoping it would turn around when our PG returned from injury, etc. But the situation hasn't improved any, hell it's gotten worse. Which leads me to my latest mindset.
I feel like it's time to implode this whole thing. The way I see it, we are no longer the Lakers we all knew and loved. We aren't the top franchise in basketball ran by the world's greatest owner with a HOF coach. We are now just another team, led by the incompetent stat-driven geek son who got dad's hand-me-down with a nonexistent coach. We've tried to reload for another title run, but it just isn't working and won't. So, I think we should just implode everything. Keep Kobe and that's it. Say what you want to about his shooting, but at least he can tear up a team night-in, night-out. Our other guys can't even do that. Why waste time and money on veterans who can't even produce? Start the rebuilding process early, it's time for it.
I know many want to see Dwight Howard stay because he is a young stud C who can be the future of the franchise. While he is a great player, I don't think he has what it takes to be our franchise guy. We need a superstar, Dwight is a star. Sure, he loves the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. But does he have the businessman-type work ethic to just put it all aside to focus on winning? He hasn't proven to so far. I say even get rid of Howard.
Blow it all up. From Nash down to Darius Morris, blow it up. Get younger prospects, allow Kobe to ride it out his last two years. Start the slow, painful rebuilding process early rather than later. We're about to enter the biggest rebuiding challenge we've ever faced, so we best get prepared. We have a new owner, a new coach, time to create a new identity. We have went from a team that struck fear into opponents to a laughingstock, so it's time to start from scratch and try to get back to the level we once were at, and that will more than likely take a long time (I'm thinking Boston, post-Bird til the Big 3 trade in '08). Maybe we can luck into a Kyrie Irving or Anthony Davis somehow via Free Agency or maybe even the draft. But as bad as I hate to say it, it's time to blow it all up and enter rebuilding now.
"Everything negative- pressure, challenges -is all an opportunity for me to rise. "
- Kobe Bryant
Bred and raised in the hills of Eastern Kentucky, following the Lakers and UK Wildcats for life.