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2013-04-08 10:35:47 AM
Yet they still have the 5th-best record in the conference.

/enjoy the second-round loss
 
2013-04-08 10:53:08 AM
Still not news to anyone who's been following the season.
 
2013-04-08 10:55:05 AM
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.
 
2013-04-08 10:57:43 AM

IAmRight: Yet they still have the 5th-best record in the conference.

/enjoy the second-round loss


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. Granted, it's easier to win a division these days, but this is their first time winning a division in franchise history and they have made the playoffs 9 out of their 43 seasons of existence.
 
2013-04-08 11:01:33 AM

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.


If they weren't owned by Donald Sterling, maybe.

I'm not sure they make it out of the first, either, but they're playing Memphis again and I figure they probably get by them. The Grizzlies haven't been good recently (though a lot of that has to do with missing Gasol). But the best they're likely to do is make the second round.
 
2013-04-08 11:34:06 AM
I think I can hear hell getting cold, now if the Clippers win the NBA title hell would completely freeze over....
 
2013-04-08 11:50:24 AM
If both teams are healthy, I'd pick Memphis over LAC.
 
2013-04-08 12:08:47 PM

kdawg7736: I think I can hear hell getting cold, now if the Clippers win the NBA title hell would completely freeze over....


I can say with 100% confidence that we're safe on that front.
 
2013-04-08 12:23:32 PM
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
 
2013-04-08 12:38:23 PM
These are the End Times. -_-
 
2013-04-08 12:42:38 PM

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


On August 8, 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice sued Sterling for housing discrimination in using race as a factor in filling some of his apartment buildings. The government's ongoing case alleges Sterling refused to rent to non-Koreans in the Koreatown neighborhood and to African Americans in Beverly Hills.[8] The suit alleges Sterling once said he did not like to rent to Hispanics because they "smoke, drink and just hang around the building," and that "Black tenants smell and attract vermin."[8]

So Classy.
 
2013-04-08 01:55:28 PM
And they'll get home court in the first round vs Memphis for being in a shiatty division this year. Congrats guys.
 
2013-04-08 01:58:50 PM

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.


Weather, Hollywood and boobies will always give the Lakers the upper hand in FA. They could amnesty someone and be in decent shape. Some teams have built in advantages and some don't. It's much harder to get a FA to Boston for example, this despite the history of the franchise. That makes Ainge's trades for KG and Allen and the subsequent FA signings that much more impressive. That and guys want to play for Doc. If your the Bucks or the like... You're not even in the same league sadly.
 
2013-04-08 03:37:56 PM

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.


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.
 
2013-04-08 03:49:13 PM
Fark Donald Sterling.
 
2013-04-08 03:58:35 PM

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.


I think I might bookmark this comment, just on the off chance we get a Pau for Lee/Barnes/Thompson deal sometime this summer.
 
2013-04-08 05:29:28 PM
Raging Whore Moans: Fark Donald Sterling. Jim Buss
 
2013-04-08 06:19:13 PM
Kobe's salary is something like $30M the next two years.  I don't care how good a guy is, it's really hard to construct a winning roster when one guy takes up half your cap and you never draft in the lottery.  Also, when your entire defense is one guy with a bad back.
 
2013-04-08 07:22:52 PM

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.


HEY YOU SHUSH YOUR FACE WITH YOUR FACTS AND STARK REALITIES AND YOU'RE A DUMMY AND A STUPID. AND I'M GONNA GO OVER HERE AND KICK ROCKS.

/jerk
 
2013-04-08 08:12:01 PM

Chunks McGunks: And they'll get home court in the first round vs Memphis for being in a shiatty division this year. Congrats guys.


Winning your division merely guarantees you a top 4-seeding. Home court advantage in the NBA is always determined by better record.
 
2013-04-09 04:47:26 AM

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.


I agree completely. Little Jimmy Bus farked up big time not bringing Phil back. After Kobe goes after next year they're a lottery team.
 
2013-04-09 12:34:27 PM

IAmRight: Yet they still have the 5th-best record in the conference.

/enjoy the second-round loss


BUT BLAKE GRIFFITH CAN DUNK

DUNK
 
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