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2013-06-27 01:07:53 PM  
TFA, fixed: clearly, Lakers brass wants to make sure the All-Star center knows LA public thinks that they want him to stick around,
 
2013-06-27 01:40:37 PM  
More like trying to convince the season ticket holders to re-up
 
2013-06-27 01:42:16 PM  
I don't care if you're from Cleveland; if you go out of your way to call LeBron an asshole and every other name in the book, but don't spend TWICE the energy on doing the same about Dwight Howard, then please tell me what rock you're hiding under; I might want to escape there with you.
 
2013-06-27 01:43:19 PM  

Killer Cars: I don't care if you're from Cleveland; if you go out of your way to call LeBron an asshole and every other name in the book, but don't spend TWICE the energy on doing the same about Dwight Howard, then please tell me what rock you're hiding under; I might want to escape there with you.


Dwight's just a a mewling quim; at least LeBron won titles.
 
2013-06-27 01:44:08 PM  
The Lakers shouldn't have any problem teaching him "roll over" next.
 
2013-06-27 01:51:02 PM  

Rwa2play: Dwight's just a a mewling quim; at least LeBron won titles


"Mewling quim" is a compliment compared to the sh*t he's pulled to his coaches, teammates, etc...while the whole time deliberately crafting this cheesy, likeable persona of comedic impressions and donning a Superman cape as a means to buy himself immunity from the press.
 
2013-06-27 01:54:12 PM  
My God, why?  Don't let the door hit you in the ass, STFU/GTFO, etc.
 
2013-06-27 02:00:22 PM  
Why would they want him to stay? He seems as flimsy as wet toilet paper. There has to be other NBA caliber centers tougher than Dwight.
 
2013-06-27 02:04:56 PM  

Killer Cars: Rwa2play: Dwight's just a a mewling quim; at least LeBron won titles

"Mewling quim" is a compliment compared to the sh*t he's pulled to his coaches, teammates, etc...while the whole time deliberately crafting this cheesy, likeable persona of comedic impressions and donning a Superman cape as a means to buy himself immunity from the press.


This. No one should count on Howard being anything other than a selfish piece of shiat. After all, he got Stan Van Gundy fired from the Magic because he said he couldn't work with him and then he left them at the end of the season.
 
2013-06-27 02:05:27 PM  
On Facebook I saw the Staples Center page which posted a picture of the banner and asked what people thought.  Every single comment at the time (hundreds) said they should take the banner down and that the Lakers don't pull stunts like this.  Every.  One.  Also, lots of #leaved12 and #gtfod12 mentions, which I'm sure Dwight will see (because he wants to know what people think about him).  This totally backfired on the Lakers' front office/marketing department.
 
2013-06-27 02:08:14 PM  
You mean like, "Stay at home and don't bother stinking up the court," right?
 
2013-06-27 02:12:48 PM  
They can lose in the first round just fine without him next year.
 
2013-06-27 02:24:05 PM  
Well, that's pathetically pandering to the fans. I doubt the Lakers actually want to keep him. If they did, I doubt they'd think a freaking billboard would be the deciding factor in his choice. Unless he has some sort of begging fetish. Doesn't Houston want him pretty bad?
 
2013-06-27 02:25:36 PM  
Dwight's first season with the Lakers wasn't about winning, it was about learning to fit in, to play with Kobe and learn the system and the city, interact with fans and build a relationship with them.  You can't expect a 27 year old man to accept millions of dollars to cross the US and just start winning championships.  It doesn't work that way anymore.  Young athletes need to be supported, cultivated and coddled.  These young athletes are tomorrow's heroes and gods-- not firefighters, scientists, teachers or other nobodies slaving away in the non-entertainment industries.  Dwight's treatment from the LA press and the LA fans was shameful and embarrassing and this billboard thing is probably too little, too late.

Dwight is NOT a whining underachiever who should give back every nickel he stole from the Lakers this year.   Dwight needs to move on and find his championship home, and every last one of you should wish him the best of luck and continued success in his career.  My God, the bile and vitriol directed toward this man can only be the result of jealousy.  Anyone who witnessed the absolute effort Dwight poured into every moment he spent representing the purple and gold this year should clamor for his return!!!
 
2013-06-27 02:26:04 PM  

The Downfall: Well, that's pathetically pandering to the fans. I doubt the Lakers actually want to keep him. If they did, I doubt they'd think a freaking billboard would be the deciding factor in his choice. Unless he has some sort of begging fetish. Doesn't Houston want him pretty bad?


I suspect the fact that they can pay him $30 million more than any other team is their real bargaining chip
 
2013-06-27 02:26:27 PM  
Remember when everyone said the finals were going to be Lakers/Heat?  That was awesome.
 
2013-06-27 02:26:28 PM  
I wouldn't want him on my team.
 
2013-06-27 02:40:05 PM  

Killer Cars: I don't care if you're from Cleveland; if you go out of your way to call LeBron an asshole and every other name in the book, but don't spend TWICE the energy on doing the same about Dwight Howard, then please tell me what rock you're hiding under; I might want to escape there with you.


Difference is that LeBron was in Cleveland.  He was there one great hope that that city could win a title in anything, and as such, the city revered him far more than even your typical superstar.  Howard is a star, but no where close to LeBron level.  His slow exit from Florida was handled horribly, but in a way it was good.  It actually killed any fan reverence before he actually had the chance to "betray" them.  His actions were bad, but he didn't tear a city's heart out like LeBron did.  That is the real source of hatred.
 
2013-06-27 02:49:36 PM  
Ron Howard? Howard the Duck?

a little context would be nice.
 
2013-06-27 02:50:47 PM  
 
2013-06-27 02:52:13 PM  

Trey Le Parc: Dwight's first season with the Lakers wasn't about winning, it was about learning to fit in, to play with Kobe and learn the system and the city, interact with fans and build a relationship with them.  You can't expect a 27 year old man to accept millions of dollars to cross the US and just start winning championships.  It doesn't work that way anymore.  Young athletes need to be supported, cultivated and coddled.  These young athletes are tomorrow's heroes and gods-- not firefighters, scientists, teachers or other nobodies slaving away in the non-entertainment industries.  Dwight's treatment from the LA press and the LA fans was shameful and embarrassing and this billboard thing is probably too little, too late.

Dwight is NOT a whining underachiever who should give back every nickel he stole from the Lakers this year.   Dwight needs to move on and find his championship home, and every last one of you should wish him the best of luck and continued success in his career.  My God, the bile and vitriol directed toward this man can only be the result of jealousy.  Anyone who witnessed the absolute effort Dwight poured into every moment he spent representing the purple and gold this year should clamor for his return!!!


.5/10

/.5 for the effort, it is lengthy.
 
2013-06-27 02:54:13 PM  

skazzytl: I wouldn't want him on my team.


I really never got why he was so desired when he left the Magic.  He's a very good defensive player but doesn't give you much offensively.  He's mentally soft, injury-prone (which will only get worse) and is paid an extraordinary amount of money.  He's not a guy you can build a franchise around.
 
2013-06-27 02:57:53 PM  

Lost Thought 00: The Downfall: Well, that's pathetically pandering to the fans. I doubt the Lakers actually want to keep him. If they did, I doubt they'd think a freaking billboard would be the deciding factor in his choice. Unless he has some sort of begging fetish. Doesn't Houston want him pretty bad?

I suspect the fact that they can pay him $30 million more than any other team is their real bargaining chip


The incentive to stay with the Lakers doesn't exist.  If he signs a max 5-year deal with the Lakers, when time comes for a new contract the CBA will limit the contract length.  If he signs a 4-year deal in Houston or Dallas, he doesn't pay state income tax and can sign another max 5-year deal after the contract ends.
 
2013-06-27 03:01:28 PM  

1derful: Killer Cars: Rwa2play: Dwight's just a a mewling quim; at least LeBron won titles

"Mewling quim" is a compliment compared to the sh*t he's pulled to his coaches, teammates, etc...while the whole time deliberately crafting this cheesy, likeable persona of comedic impressions and donning a Superman cape as a means to buy himself immunity from the press.

This. No one should count on Howard being anything other than a selfish piece of shiat. After all, he got Stan Van Gundy fired from the Magic because he said he couldn't work with him and then he left them at the end of the season.


Oh, well then he's just a POS then.  I'm ok with that.
 
2013-06-27 03:06:58 PM  

randomscribbles: Killer Cars: I don't care if you're from Cleveland; if you go out of your way to call LeBron an asshole and every other name in the book, but don't spend TWICE the energy on doing the same about Dwight Howard, then please tell me what rock you're hiding under; I might want to escape there with you.

Difference is that LeBron was in Cleveland.  He was there one great hope that that city could win a title in anything, and as such, the city revered him far more than even your typical superstar.  Howard is a star, but no where close to LeBron level.  His slow exit from Florida was handled horribly, but in a way it was good.  It actually killed any fan reverence before he actually had the chance to "betray" them.  His actions were bad, but he didn't tear a city's heart out like LeBron did.  That is the real source of hatred.


FFS, enough of this shiat already. If Cleveland fans are going to be pissed, they should be pissed at Dan Gilbert, who had seven years to build a championship team around LeBron and couldn't. Then when LeBron made a business decision to go play for Miami and win titles, he threw the most pathetic hissy fit in sports history (in comic sans no less).

What's the worst thing LeBron did? Generate millions of dollars in revenue for the city of Cleveland and make the Cavs relevant again? Raise money for charity during "The Decision" (as ill-advised as the format was)? No one in Cleveland is entitled to LeBron or his talent. And the few sorry farks in Cleveland who feel otherwise about LeBron need to get over themselves and move on.

Meanwhile, Dwight farked with Orlando for two years, got Stan Van Gundy fired, and forced them to trade him to the Lakers anyway. Then he moped around LA all season because Kobe was mean to him.
 
2013-06-27 03:07:59 PM  
so...the lakers never learned from 2004 that having a team of nothing but all stars doesnt wor(?
 
2013-06-27 03:18:24 PM  

velvet_fog: What's the worst thing LeBron did? Generate millions of dollars in revenue for the city of Cleveland and make the Cavs relevant again? Raise money for charity during "The Decision" (as ill-advised as the format was)? No one in Cleveland is entitled to LeBron or his talent. And the few sorry farks in Cleveland who feel otherwise about LeBron need to get over themselves and move on.


The Decision was really that bad. LeBron never gave Cleveland any indication they were out of the running during that whole summer, and a non insubstantial number of people really believed that "I'm staying in Cleveland" was going to be the phrase uttered that night. What was the point of that beyond stroking LeBron's ego? And don't say "charity" because that's a bullshiat cop-out. The classy move there was to privately inform the Cavs, and just do a press release or something announcing your intention to sign with Miami, not to stage this televised production and lead everyone on until the very last second like some bad reality television show. LeBron himself has said it was a mistake he regrets it, and continuing to hammer him over it now is rather pointless, I agree, but on the other hand I wouldn't blame a Cavs fan one bit if they still held a grudge. It was truly one of the more despicable sports-related things to happen in recent memory.
 
2013-06-27 03:25:25 PM  

kagemaru026: Ron Howard? Howard the Duck?

a little context would be nice.


At this point, I think they'd rather have Howard the Duck playing center for them.
 
2013-06-27 03:27:09 PM  

jayhawk88: velvet_fog: What's the worst thing LeBron did? Generate millions of dollars in revenue for the city of Cleveland and make the Cavs relevant again? Raise money for charity during "The Decision" (as ill-advised as the format was)? No one in Cleveland is entitled to LeBron or his talent. And the few sorry farks in Cleveland who feel otherwise about LeBron need to get over themselves and move on.

The Decision was really that bad. LeBron never gave Cleveland any indication they were out of the running during that whole summer, and a non insubstantial number of people really believed that "I'm staying in Cleveland" was going to be the phrase uttered that night. What was the point of that beyond stroking LeBron's ego? And don't say "charity" because that's a bullshiat cop-out. The classy move there was to privately inform the Cavs, and just do a press release or something announcing your intention to sign with Miami, not to stage this televised production and lead everyone on until the very last second like some bad reality television show. LeBron himself has said it was a mistake he regrets it, and continuing to hammer him over it now is rather pointless, I agree, but on the other hand I wouldn't blame a Cavs fan one bit if they still held a grudge. It was truly one of the more despicable sports-related things to happen in recent memory.


Very well put. The last sentence is a little over the top, but yeah, the rest is spot on.
 
2013-06-27 03:30:34 PM  
Don't go away mad, just go away.  So much talent, so little effort.

/Laker fan
 
2013-06-27 03:31:22 PM  

velvet_fog: randomscribbles: Killer Cars: I don't care if you're from Cleveland; if you go out of your way to call LeBron an asshole and every other name in the book, but don't spend TWICE the energy on doing the same about Dwight Howard, then please tell me what rock you're hiding under; I might want to escape there with you.

Difference is that LeBron was in Cleveland.  He was there one great hope that that city could win a title in anything, and as such, the city revered him far more than even your typical superstar.  Howard is a star, but no where close to LeBron level.  His slow exit from Florida was handled horribly, but in a way it was good.  It actually killed any fan reverence before he actually had the chance to "betray" them.  His actions were bad, but he didn't tear a city's heart out like LeBron did.  That is the real source of hatred.

FFS, enough of this shiat already. If Cleveland fans are going to be pissed, they should be pissed at Dan Gilbert, who had seven years to build a championship team around LeBron and couldn't. Then when LeBron made a business decision to go play for Miami and win titles, he threw the most pathetic hissy fit in sports history (in comic sans no less).

What's the worst thing LeBron did? Generate millions of dollars in revenue for the city of Cleveland and make the Cavs relevant again? Raise money for charity during "The Decision" (as ill-advised as the format was)? No one in Cleveland is entitled to LeBron or his talent. And the few sorry farks in Cleveland who feel otherwise about LeBron need to get over themselves and move on.

Meanwhile, Dwight farked with Orlando for two years, got Stan Van Gundy fired, and forced them to trade him to the Lakers anyway. Then he moped around LA all season because Kobe was mean to him.


All of this.  All of it.

LeBron did what he did because he wanted to win championships.  Dwight did what he did because he wanted to be more famous.
 
2013-06-27 03:35:57 PM  

Killer Cars: I don't care if you're from Cleveland; if you go out of your way to call LeBron an asshole and every other name in the book, but don't spend TWICE the energy on doing the same about Dwight Howard, then please tell me what rock you're hiding under; I might want to escape there with you.


Totally agree.  Dwight Howard is the biggest little biatch in the NBA and it isn't even close.

I hope Houston or Dallas enjoys his bullshiat while he gets some more coaches fired.
 
2013-06-27 03:36:41 PM  

jayhawk88: velvet_fog: What's the worst thing LeBron did? Generate millions of dollars in revenue for the city of Cleveland and make the Cavs relevant again? Raise money for charity during "The Decision" (as ill-advised as the format was)? No one in Cleveland is entitled to LeBron or his talent. And the few sorry farks in Cleveland who feel otherwise about LeBron need to get over themselves and move on.

The Decision was really that bad. LeBron never gave Cleveland any indication they were out of the running during that whole summer, and a non insubstantial number of people really believed that "I'm staying in Cleveland" was going to be the phrase uttered that night. What was the point of that beyond stroking LeBron's ego? And don't say "charity" because that's a bullshiat cop-out. The classy move there was to privately inform the Cavs, and just do a press release or something announcing your intention to sign with Miami, not to stage this televised production and lead everyone on until the very last second like some bad reality television show. LeBron himself has said it was a mistake he regrets it, and continuing to hammer him over it now is rather pointless, I agree, but on the other hand I wouldn't blame a Cavs fan one bit if they still held a grudge. It was truly one of the more despicable sports-related things to happen in recent memory.


Well, Aaron Hernandez may have killed a guy, or three.
 
2013-06-27 03:36:57 PM  

jayhawk88: The Decision was really that bad.


As bad as it was, you'd have to believe it was an intentional "fark you" to Cleveland to really compare it to the sequence of calculated, back-stabbing moves that Howard did to wiggle his way out of Orlando.

My point (even though I know you weren't directly talking to me) wasn't that LeBron is a saint; I think he was simply ignorant enough and blinded by ESPN's ass-kissing to really understand wtf he was doing, and that even a Cleveland resident, while they have every right to still be miffed, has to honestly realize Howard is a bigger jackass.
 
2013-06-27 03:48:48 PM  

mrjared: jayhawk88: velvet_fog: What's the worst thing LeBron did? Generate millions of dollars in revenue for the city of Cleveland and make the Cavs relevant again? Raise money for charity during "The Decision" (as ill-advised as the format was)? No one in Cleveland is entitled to LeBron or his talent. And the few sorry farks in Cleveland who feel otherwise about LeBron need to get over themselves and move on.

The Decision was really that bad. LeBron never gave Cleveland any indication they were out of the running during that whole summer, and a non insubstantial number of people really believed that "I'm staying in Cleveland" was going to be the phrase uttered that night. What was the point of that beyond stroking LeBron's ego? And don't say "charity" because that's a bullshiat cop-out. The classy move there was to privately inform the Cavs, and just do a press release or something announcing your intention to sign with Miami, not to stage this televised production and lead everyone on until the very last second like some bad reality television show. LeBron himself has said it was a mistake he regrets it, and continuing to hammer him over it now is rather pointless, I agree, but on the other hand I wouldn't blame a Cavs fan one bit if they still held a grudge. It was truly one of the more despicable sports-related things to happen in recent memory.

Well, Aaron Hernandez may have killed a guy, or three.


And there was the whole Sandusky thing.
 
2013-06-27 03:49:20 PM  

jayhawk88: velvet_fog: What's the worst thing LeBron did? Generate millions of dollars in revenue for the city of Cleveland and make the Cavs relevant again? Raise money for charity during "The Decision" (as ill-advised as the format was)? No one in Cleveland is entitled to LeBron or his talent. And the few sorry farks in Cleveland who feel otherwise about LeBron need to get over themselves and move on.

The Decision was really that bad. LeBron never gave Cleveland any indication they were out of the running during that whole summer, and a non insubstantial number of people really believed that "I'm staying in Cleveland" was going to be the phrase uttered that night. What was the point of that beyond stroking LeBron's ego? And don't say "charity" because that's a bullshiat cop-out. The classy move there was to privately inform the Cavs, and just do a press release or something announcing your intention to sign with Miami, not to stage this televised production and lead everyone on until the very last second like some bad reality television show. LeBron himself has said it was a mistake he regrets it, and continuing to hammer him over it now is rather pointless, I agree, but on the other hand I wouldn't blame a Cavs fan one bit if they still held a grudge. It was truly one of the more despicable sports-related things to happen in recent memory.


Little much at the end in light of recent events but it is the worst sports-related PR nightmare to happen in recent memory for sure.
 
2013-06-27 03:50:18 PM  

mrjared: Well, Aaron Hernandez may have killed a guy, or three.


Yeah, I maybe should qualify that statement with a "non-criminal related" retcon. But, taken in that light, I stand by it.
 
2013-06-27 04:08:19 PM  

Gunny Highway: Remember when everyone said the finals were going to be Lakers/Heat?  That was awesome.

When they signed Nash and Howard, i figured this was better than Shaq/Kobe/Payton/Malone, and that they'd at least make the finals and likely beat the Heat (2 bigs in the center like the Pacers, but with better guys around them).  Had everyone stayed relatively healthy I think that would have been possible, but not with D'Antoni coaching, and not so much when everyone is gimping around the court.  I feel next season is going to be another train wreck.  Kobe will probably not be same, much less better, Nash will be older and slower, Gasol (if they keep him) might be the only one consistent., and if they don't keep Howard, they're screwed with no real bench, and who are they going to get in FA that wants to come to an aging contender?

 
2013-06-27 04:15:42 PM  
It's not as embarrassing as the local Cleveland media putting together a "we are the world" parody with "please stay LeBron" as the core message.
 
2013-06-27 04:21:14 PM  

PowerSlacker: mrjared: jayhawk88: velvet_fog: What's the worst thing LeBron did? Generate millions of dollars in revenue for the city of Cleveland and make the Cavs relevant again? Raise money for charity during "The Decision" (as ill-advised as the format was)? No one in Cleveland is entitled to LeBron or his talent. And the few sorry farks in Cleveland who feel otherwise about LeBron need to get over themselves and move on.

The Decision was really that bad. LeBron never gave Cleveland any indication they were out of the running during that whole summer, and a non insubstantial number of people really believed that "I'm staying in Cleveland" was going to be the phrase uttered that night. What was the point of that beyond stroking LeBron's ego? And don't say "charity" because that's a bullshiat cop-out. The classy move there was to privately inform the Cavs, and just do a press release or something announcing your intention to sign with Miami, not to stage this televised production and lead everyone on until the very last second like some bad reality television show. LeBron himself has said it was a mistake he regrets it, and continuing to hammer him over it now is rather pointless, I agree, but on the other hand I wouldn't blame a Cavs fan one bit if they still held a grudge. It was truly one of the more despicable sports-related things to happen in recent memory.

Well, Aaron Hernandez may have killed a guy, or three.

And there was the whole Sandusky/hole thing.


/FTFY
 
2013-06-27 04:49:56 PM  

Outlaw2097: so...the lakers never learned from 2004 that having a team of nothing but all stars doesnt wor(?


That 2004 team did make the Finals. If not for a gimpy Karl Malone, it might have actually been a competitive Finals. If not for the bru-ha-ha afterwards between the superstars, maybe the team stays together another year for another shot.

The problem with the Lakers letting D12 go for nothing is that they don't really free up any cap space. They can only afford D12 because they traded for him and have his Bird rights (and can go over the cap to sign him). Without his salary...they're still over the cap. Why the grandfathered contracts (e.g. Kobe's) don't just count for the max contract that he could get under the new rules (for cap purposes) is beyond me; you'd think the owners would have wanted that as a whole and you'd think the players wouldn't have objected (it'd give teams more flexibility to sign more expensive players)
 
2013-06-27 05:28:38 PM  

PowerSlacker: Killer Cars: I don't care if you're from Cleveland; if you go out of your way to call LeBron an asshole and every other name in the book, but don't spend TWICE the energy on doing the same about Dwight Howard, then please tell me what rock you're hiding under; I might want to escape there with you.

Totally agree.  Dwight Howard is the biggest little biatch in the NBA and it isn't even close.

I hope Houston or Dallas enjoys his bullshiat while he gets some more coaches fired.


The Mavs history at center makes even Howard look good.  Cuban should have emptied the vault to keep Tyson Chandler and kept Mr. Khloe Kardashian out of town.
 
2013-06-27 05:48:57 PM  

Mind of the North Star: I knew the f*ckin Packers had something to do with this


Whoops! Wrong thread.... damn.

Anyways, I am glad the Bulls are too cheap to buy this team killer.
 
2013-06-27 05:52:28 PM  
Kobe only has a year left so they are all in for the win now plan. That involves keeping Howard.
 
2013-06-27 06:06:27 PM  

Halstread: Trey Le Parc: Dwight's first season with the Lakers wasn't about winning, it was about learning to fit in, to play with Kobe and learn the system and the city, interact with fans and build a relationship with them.  You can't expect a 27 year old man to accept millions of dollars to cross the US and just start winning championships.  It doesn't work that way anymore.  Young athletes need to be supported, cultivated and coddled.  These young athletes are tomorrow's heroes and gods-- not firefighters, scientists, teachers or other nobodies slaving away in the non-entertainment industries.  Dwight's treatment from the LA press and the LA fans was shameful and embarrassing and this billboard thing is probably too little, too late.

Dwight is NOT a whining underachiever who should give back every nickel he stole from the Lakers this year.   Dwight needs to move on and find his championship home, and every last one of you should wish him the best of luck and continued success in his career.  My God, the bile and vitriol directed toward this man can only be the result of jealousy.  Anyone who witnessed the absolute effort Dwight poured into every moment he spent representing the purple and gold this year should clamor for his return!!!

.5/10

/.5 for the effort, it is lengthy.


Thanks, I tried brevity, but it's the Lakers-- everything has to be breathlessly hyperbolic.
 
2013-06-27 06:29:55 PM  

tenton: Outlaw2097: so...the lakers never learned from 2004 that having a team of nothing but all stars doesnt wor(?

That 2004 team did make the Finals. If not for a gimpy Karl Malone, it might have actually been a competitive Finals. If not for the bru-ha-ha afterwards between the superstars, maybe the team stays together another year for another shot.

The problem with the Lakers letting D12 go for nothing is that they don't really free up any cap space. They can only afford D12 because they traded for him and have his Bird rights (and can go over the cap to sign him). Without his salary...they're still over the cap. Why the grandfathered contracts (e.g. Kobe's) don't just count for the max contract that he could get under the new rules (for cap purposes) is beyond me; you'd think the owners would have wanted that as a whole and you'd think the players wouldn't have objected (it'd give teams more flexibility to sign more expensive players)


The whole point of the CBA was to screw over the Lakers. Yes, other teams buy free agents and had no problem paying the luxury tax but the Lakers (as long as the penalty was $1 for $1) would have kept going over the soft cap for the next 20 years. No other team reloads as fast as the Lakers have done for the past 30-40 years and the reason is because they can carry non-performing contracts and pay the luxury tax. Now that the luxury tax is $2 to $1 then $3 to $1 etc the team can't keep doing that so it'll take 3-4 years for the existing contracts to wind down and be competitive in the FA market.

As a Lakers fan I can't really complain though. Parity is good for the league and the NBA needs better parity especially when it comes to the top 4-5 teams in the league so hopefully this cap thing will provide that in the next couple of years once the existing contracts go through the system.
 
2013-06-27 10:22:12 PM  
Chances are the attorney will plead Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity and provide enough evidence of the obvious brain damage caused by football from a very young age and get him of like Michael Jackson.

ps...
 
2013-06-28 01:05:28 AM  

Slappy McLongstockings: Chances are the attorney will plead Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity and provide enough evidence of the obvious brain damage caused by football from a very young age and get him of like Michael Jackson.

ps...


Oddly enough, this post fits a Dwight Howard thread.
 
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