Rooscooter wrote:To me this offseason isn't a huge surprise. It's about what I expected with the exception of that we have not gotten rid of Nash.
This offseason and the next couple to come are the product of selling our soul to stay in contention for 12 years IMHO. That and the hangover of the Phil era. Don't get me wrong.... Phil was great but his distain for developing youth showed in our personnel decisions over the years. The swinging for the fences and lack of valuing our draft picks is what has us in this hole.
As someone who's seen a few "Era's" of Laker ball I can tell you than at no point did I ever question the GM like I do now. Banking the entire offseason on getting a player at 30 years old just to keep ratings high is not a "Laker" thing to do. Even in the best scenario Melo wasn't making us anything but a better product to sell. The banners for Howard last year was another low.... as was the Nash trade.
The thing fans need to understand about top FA coming to the Lakers is that we've only done that ONCE with our great players...... and that is Shaq. In my time as a fan even secondary stars or ones nearing the end of their careers have only come here a few times. McAdoo, Woolridge, Malone and Payton. These guys were all support players when they arrived. The idea that we aren't attractive to the best players in the game is somewhat of a misnomer.... if it's truly "attractiveness" that is the key then we've never been attractive..... or how I remember it.... never wanted to be. That wasn't how we build the dynasties in the past other than Shaq.
Our teams in the 80's always had new and young blood. Worthy, Scott and Green were all drafted DURING a period of dominance. We maneuvered during drafts and traded assets for draft pick all the time during that run. We put value in the draft and in player development. Something we've ignored for a decade or longer. We've had some decent second round picks but instead of getting value for them we let them leave in FA.
We're at our lowest point in my tenure as a fan.... it's a product of how we've been managed over the last 10 to 12 years however IMHO..... not just the past 3. The mentality of 2 stars and a bunch of infills in lieu of a plan to sustain and develop assets has left us in this hole. The Spurs have had one of the longest runs in NBA history based on getting assets and being very smart in using them to maintain a mix of youth and veterans that has stayed at or near the top of the NBA for going on 15 years. They are what we were in the 80's.
What's truly unfortunate for us Laker fans is that I don't see this changing anytime soon. The prevailing thought seems to be that we will just get superstars on their downside at age 30 or so and toss a bunch vets looking for a shot together after we connect on the star..... The moves so far are telegraphing another such scenario in a year or two as we are not getting young guys to develop or trade as assets.... we're getting guys who will all come off the books at the same time.
I've said it before and gotten a ton of push back..... but.... it's time for Mitch to go. He's the basketball mind up there and this near desperation offseason has left is in a deeper hole it seems.... and that is no small accomplishment after last season.
100% agreed. Our unwillingness to properly scout, acquire and develop young talent is our biggest flaw. That's what separates us from SAS. They have always infused their teams with young talent to develop.
This season will be another wasted season. A redo of last year. And the sad part is, it didn't have to be. In a rebuild, you acquire young talent and let them get the playing time to improve and gain experience. But we don't have any young talent outside of Randle. We essentially brought back last year's team. So this season is a waste because most of our players are vets and we are not developing young talent. That's what you do in a rebuild.
It's almost sad how desparate this FO has become at getting a superstar. As if that will fix everything. Their whole plan seems to be about superstars and nothing more. It's sad to know this team is in such terrible hands.