The Termites are crawling out of the woodwork

The Termites are crawling out of the woodwork

Postby LTLakerFan on Mon Sep 23, 2013 1:56 pm

It's open season on the Lakers apparently for all the no talent, pile on losers out there. This dickwad had this take to throw out there. Take it all in TEAM for bulletin board material.


L.A. Lakers' Season Could Be a Disaster
Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That

By Jed Rigney | Yahoo Contributor Network – 3 hours ago

COMMENTARY | The end of summer also brings new beginnings -- new network TV shows, students going back to school and the return of the NBA season. It's a time of new hope for what might be in the coming months.

Well, for everyone besides students.

The Los Angeles Lakers and their fans start this season with a significant amount of dread mixed in with their hope as they mentally prepare for what might be an awful season.

We're not talking a Charlotte Bobcats-level disaster. However, for the Lakers, anything less than the second round of the playoffs is a severe disappointment. They've missed the playoffs only five times in franchise history.

LA has a wide variety of cultural oddities. One of which is its almost apocalyptic response to the arrival of rain. Freeways slow to an even slower crawl, mass cancellations of activities, traffic accidents abound -- the people of LA freak out.
Those first drops of rain throw the city into the final scenes of a blockbuster disaster movie where imminent death is certain for all. And it's looking like that's what you can expect from Lakers fans this season.

Like any disaster film, the Lakers' season should start off pleasant enough. They have a solid core of players in Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Steve Nash. They have a coach with a respectable track record. Everybody's tied for first place at 0-0.
The plot starts to unfold when we see that Dwight Howard -- a better player than any of the three core guys -- has been replaced by Chris Kaman. This is not only a severe drop in talent, but it also prohibits Gasol from playing center, where his skill set is really at its best.

Speaking of severe drops in talent, if you're a fan of horror films or depressing indie films where everybody kills himself at the end, then you are going to love the rest of the team's roster. At this point of the disaster film, someone has to warn the president of the United States -- which in this case is Jim Buss. Yikes, things just got worse. Our heroes won't give up easy, though -- that's why they're called heroes. Also they're paid millions of dollars to do so (just like real heroes?). The plot twist that we all see coming, but still aren't ready to deal with, is the injuries.

Bryant tore his Achilles just a few months ago and now he's trying to make it back for the season opener. OK, sure. But if this was a movie, none of us would believe that -- unless robotics were somehow involved. Oh, I like that: The Kobot!
And Steve Nash is sure to get in on the injury action. In addition to passing and looking handsome, that's one of the things he does best.
At this point of the film, there's always a scene where they destroy a major city, so that it's clear that this asteroid impact/alien invasion/weather fiasco is for real and you have to start wondering just how bad the devastation will be.

The Lakers, however, find themselves in a position where a more disastrous season could actually result in saving them long-term. If The Kobot and his motley crew of loveable losers can bottom out this year, it would help them with a better pick in the first round of next year's draft -- the one draft pick they didn't trade away.

Then there's the free agency extravaganza of 2014 that could be unleashed on the world if LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire terminate their current contracts. And the Lakers always seem to be able to get one of the league's superstars to suit up.
Come on, this is Hollywood. No matter how dark and bleak the destruction is after this all plays out, the Lakers will eventually prevail -- they always do. In a disaster film, the stars always seem to survive and the Lakers are one of the stars of the NBA.

(paragraphing is mine, rapidly, because the copy/paste threw it all together and I couldn't care less about this tool)

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/l-lakers-s ... --nba.html
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Re: The Termites are crawling out of the woodwork

Postby MadMax on Mon Sep 23, 2013 2:01 pm

I don't think it's really a stretch to say that this season could end with the Lakers not making the playoffs. Personally, I think they will, but if Nash, Gasol, and Kobe can't play healthy for a majority of the season, then the the chances of playoffs are bleak.

I am not really sure he is bashing LA either. He did end the article with this.
Come on, this is Hollywood. No matter how dark and bleak the destruction is after this all plays out, the Lakers will eventually prevail -- they always do. In a disaster film, the stars always seem to survive and the Lakers are one of the stars of the NBA.
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Re: The Termites are crawling out of the woodwork

Postby therealdeal on Mon Sep 23, 2013 2:03 pm

That rain metaphor wasn't great. :man10:
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Re: The Termites are crawling out of the woodwork

Postby LTLakerFan on Mon Sep 23, 2013 2:08 pm

MadMax wrote:I don't think it's really a stretch to say that this season could end with the Lakers not making the playoffs. Personally, I think they will, but if Nash, Gasol, and Kobe can't play healthy for a majority of the season, then the the chances of playoffs are bleak.

I am not really sure he is bashing LA either. He did end the article with this.
Come on, this is Hollywood. No matter how dark and bleak the destruction is after this all plays out, the Lakers will eventually prevail -- they always do. In a disaster film, the stars always seem to survive and the Lakers are one of the stars of the NBA.


He writes like a 12 year old for one thing.

"But if this was a movie, none of us would believe that -- unless robotics were somehow involved. Oh, I like that: The Kobot!"

" If The Kobot and his motley crew of loveable losers can bottom out this year, it would help them with a better pick in the first round of next year's draft"
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Re: The Termites are crawling out of the woodwork

Postby MadMax on Mon Sep 23, 2013 2:24 pm

Haha, yeah...I could hardly stand to read any of that article...i just scrolled down to the bottom.

But this is what you get when you're reading the works from a Yahoo Sports contributing writer.
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Re: The Termites are crawling out of the woodwork

Postby LTLakerFan on Mon Sep 23, 2013 2:34 pm

^^^ Yahoo is in pile on mode too. If you have it for your home page you might notice they have frozen the same headline news story (that usually cycle about every 5 minutes) to come up every time I have returned for the last couple of hours now, about Jeanie saying her brother Jim Buss betrayed her. It's pile on time for everyone thinking the franchise is doomed now. Some have good points of course but too many are just gleefully jumping in. :mad1:
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Re: The Termites are crawling out of the woodwork

Postby LooN3y on Mon Sep 23, 2013 2:40 pm

MadMax wrote:Haha, yeah...I could hardly stand to read any of that article...i just scrolled down to the bottom.

But this is what you get when you're reading the works from a Yahoo Sports contributing writer.


lol 3 years ago, i think i could of been a Yahoo Sport Writer,


but they're going though a major over haul after they luckily raised their value of their company.
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Re: The Termites are crawling out of the woodwork

Postby lakerfan2 on Mon Sep 23, 2013 2:41 pm

it's a COMMENTARY.

take it with half a grain of salt.
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Re: The Termites are crawling out of the woodwork

Postby gcclaker on Mon Sep 23, 2013 3:01 pm

Anyone and everyone out there is a writer of some sort. I just want the season to start already...at least training camp anyway.
Nor can the Lakers get blamed for always making the right decisions over decades. At some point its not just luck or "gamble", its superior management and superior ownership.
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Re: The Termites are crawling out of the woodwork

Postby raviator on Mon Sep 23, 2013 5:01 pm

Dwight Howard -- a better player than any of the three core guys --
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Re: The Termites are crawling out of the woodwork

Postby LTLakerFan on Mon Sep 23, 2013 5:32 pm

raviator wrote:
LTLakerFan wrote: Dwight Howard -- a better player than any of the three core guys --
:man3:


I didn't say that. This "tool" wrote the article > Jed Rigney
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Re: The Termites are crawling out of the woodwork

Postby raviator on Mon Sep 23, 2013 6:50 pm

LTLakerFan wrote:
raviator wrote:
LTLakerFan wrote: Dwight Howard -- a better player than any of the three core guys --
:man3:


I didn't say that. This "tool" wrote the article > Jed Rigney


Oh I know! My bad didn't mean to make it look like that. Fixing....
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Re: The Termites are crawling out of the woodwork

Postby abeer3 on Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:13 pm

not that I should bother quibbling, but I think he's being optimistic in his laker hate about Kaman playing center and pau not playing center.

but more importantly: prepare for a long season of this. it's ok. the lakers were dead circa 2005, too. we saw how that played out.
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Re: The Termites are crawling out of the woodwork

Postby Rooscooter on Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:45 pm

Let's say all goes wrong that can go wrong..... And we get a top 6 pick. Do we make the pick or do we trade it again? I'm not at all convinced that we won't swing for the fences again and gamble on a nuclear team rather than build with purpose and a plan.
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Re: The Termites are crawling out of the woodwork

Postby abeer3 on Tue Sep 24, 2013 4:17 am

trading the 6th pick could be part of building with purpose. again, the draft is a huge crapshoot. if someone offers you an allstar for a pick that's not slated for a surefire impact player, why wouldn't you consider it?
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Re: The Termites are crawling out of the woodwork

Postby Savory Griddles on Tue Sep 24, 2013 9:17 am

abeer3 wrote:trading the 6th pick could be part of building with purpose. again, the draft is a huge crapshoot. if someone offers you an allstar for a pick that's not slated for a surefire impact player, why wouldn't you consider it?


Exactly. If someone offers a young talented player like (totally hypothetical) Rondo, you take that.
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Re: The Termites are crawling out of the woodwork

Postby Rooscooter on Tue Sep 24, 2013 11:22 am

Savory Griddles wrote:
abeer3 wrote:trading the 6th pick could be part of building with purpose. again, the draft is a huge crapshoot. if someone offers you an allstar for a pick that's not slated for a surefire impact player, why wouldn't you consider it?


Exactly. If someone offers a young talented player like (totally hypothetical) Rondo, you take that.


No doubt.... but talking more about tossing the pick in to make salaries match in a larger trade for "name" veterans and our pension for trying in recent years to build "super-teams".
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Re: The Termites are crawling out of the woodwork

Postby Savory Griddles on Tue Sep 24, 2013 1:05 pm

Rooscooter wrote:
Savory Griddles wrote:
abeer3 wrote:trading the 6th pick could be part of building with purpose. again, the draft is a huge crapshoot. if someone offers you an allstar for a pick that's not slated for a surefire impact player, why wouldn't you consider it?


Exactly. If someone offers a young talented player like (totally hypothetical) Rondo, you take that.


No doubt.... but talking more about tossing the pick in to make salaries match in a larger trade for "name" veterans and our pension for trying in recent years to build "super-teams".


I think its different this time because we at least had Dwight last offseason, a player in his prime. I think (at least I hope) the FO isn't THAT shortsided.
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Re: The Termites are crawling out of the woodwork

Postby Rooscooter on Tue Sep 24, 2013 1:15 pm

^^I'm still not sure we value draft picks much here. The culture in the front office has treated them like the plague. Even when we drafted at 10 there was an immediate push to trade Bynum that didn't stop until he was eventually traded.
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Re: The Termites are crawling out of the woodwork

Postby cthroatgtr on Tue Sep 24, 2013 5:37 pm

I am also a Broncos fan and it was just a few years ago when Josh McDaniels destroyed that team and now look...and it is far easier to rebuild a basketball team then a football team. Over the next few years we'll really find out what sort of guys Jim & Mitch really are that will tell us what the future holds.

Clippers...enjoy your brief moment in the sun...you have a LONG way to go to take over the town.
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Re: The Termites are crawling out of the woodwork

Postby basketboy on Tue Sep 24, 2013 10:22 pm

anything that is from the "Yahoo Contributor Network" is basically a fan trying to be a blogger. like lakerfan2 said, take it with a grain of salt.
all i know is that no one is better than anyone else, and everyone is the best at everything.
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Re: The Termites are crawling out of the woodwork

Postby puffyusaf#2 on Tue Sep 24, 2013 10:46 pm

and I go with the: And Who? response.
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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