halekulani wrote:some of ya'll are so impatient
we've seen more trips to the finals in the kobe era than some fans will see in their entire lives
the lakers could literally not win for the rest of my life and i'd still have seen more championships than like 20 other fan bases.
nobody needs to get fired, esp mitch. a rebuild is a rebuild. at least give him the opportunity to rebuild after kobe retires.
This. This. This.
People forget it took 12 years from the end of the Showtime era until we won our next championship. And we had Jerry West running things!
Forget about the Randy Pfund era? The awful Magic Johnson coaching run? We had exciting players like Van Exel, Jones, Ceballos and Threatt but we were a mediocre team until Shaq got here. And even then, we didn't win a damn thing until Kobe turned into a star after a couple years.
And again, let's not blame Mitch for failing at prolonging the Kobe-Pau era. Blake and Barnes were great offseason acquisitions at the time but that team just ran out of gas. And you don't radically shake up a squad that just won back to back titles, you give them the opportunity to prove they can do it again while improving the supporting cast (which Kupchak did).
Then when he realized that core had run its course, he traded Pau/LO for CP3 only to have the league block it. Not his fault. Would have been the catalyst to assemble a CP3/Kobe/Dwight core and I'm pretty damn sure that team would have at the very least been in the hunt for a title. If that move happens, D'Antoni probably never ends up here and Kobe never tears his tendon either. It cost us a prime Odom as well, who could have been a valuable asset either on the team or in trade. To be fair, it was a series of very unfortunate and weird events. Kupchak new when the time was up for that team but got blocked by Stern.
These things take time, stars have to align, etc. And having large contracts with both Hill & Lin can prove valuable in trades when they're expiring. Remember Kwame Brown?
I really hope we can somehow get Kobe at least one more championship ring. But if we don't it's understandable. It's also tough to sell free agents to play here when Kobe's health is still a question mark. No Kobe, no ring.
We just have to keep collecting youth and looking for opportunities in trade. I think banking it all on free agency is risky. But you gotta take risks is you want to win. Eventually I have faith we'll pull off another home run move.