IAmRight: Yet they still have the 5th-best record in the conference./enjoy the second-round loss
KiwDaWabbit: I'm not so sure they'll make it out of the first round. I'd love to see them make a run, though. I'm one of those who thinks it's pretty cool when a franchise that has a long history of being a doormat does well.
kdawg7736: I think I can hear hell getting cold, now if the Clippers win the NBA title hell would completely freeze over....
Trocadero: I hope Chris Paul, Blake Griffin et al, read about Donald Sterling's various court cases over the years. I hope they sign somewhere else and give their reasons as Donald Sterling is a terrible human being who has no business owning an NBA franchise.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Sterling#Accusations_of_racism_a nd _discrimination
jayhawk88: I know it's tempting to say "It's the Lakers", and just assume they'll reload with a spectacular trade or a big FA signing, but I really wonder if we won't look back on this in a few years as the start of the true "fall" for the Lakers. Not that they'll turn into the Bobcats or anything, but a long stretch of mediocrity where they're always in that 45-50 win range, making the playoffs, but never being taken seriously as a legit title contender. The Hawks, basically.D12 may bolt after this year for another team, but even if he does, the Lakers are still on the hook for like $65m+ of Kobe, Pau, Nash and Artest. Any trade of Pau would have them taking on some other terrible contracts, so the cap relief from that would probably be minimal at best.Almost every contract they have save Nash drops off for '14/15, and the rumor is that they're targeting LeBron, but is that realistic? The CBA changes made putting together Heat-level super teams much more difficult; LeBron could count on the Lakers to sign one other top flight FA that year, but probably not two. Plus, why would he go to LA if he's won another title or two at Miami by then and has largely repaired his reputation? And just about every other team in the league will be after him as well, of course, including probably NYK and Brooklyn.Kupchak's contract also expires in 2014 as well.Just saying, eventually solutions to the Lakers problems are going to stop falling into their laps.
Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: The Lakers are always, always, always going to be back. FAs want to play there like crazy. Plus Jerry West is still alive and will sell off some other team's prize player(s) to them for nickels. Oh, look, he's the GM of the Golden State Warriors now.
jayhawk88: I know it's tempting to say "It's the Lakers", and just assume they'll reload with a spectacular trade or a big FA signing, but I really wonder if we won't look back on this in a few years as the start of the true "fall" for the Lakers. Not that they'll turn into the Bobcats or anything, but a long stretch of mediocrity where they're always in that 45-50 win range, making the playoffs, but never being taken seriously as a legit title contender. The Hawks, basically.
Chunks McGunks: And they'll get home court in the first round vs Memphis for being in a shiatty division this year. Congrats guys.
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