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(Sportige)   One of the funnier thing about the Lakers at this moment is that Kobe Bryant might be the one player stopping them from having a huge free agency haul in the summer of 2014   (sportige.com) divider line 21
    More: Ironic, Kobe Bryant, Lakers, free agent, Pau Gasol, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony  
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2013-07-23 12:06:44 PM  
I thought that one of the funnier things about the Lakers is that they still made the playoffs last season.

/And they'll make it this next season too!
 
2013-07-23 12:29:24 PM  
Too bad they used up that amnesty already
 
2013-07-23 12:34:32 PM  

Aar1012: I thought that one of the funnier things about the Lakers is that they still made the playoffs last season.

/And they'll make it this next season too!


Lol wut? How? With Kobe out for part of the season with one of the worst sports injuries an old guy can get, not to mention no guarantee he'll be the same player he was before the injury when he does return? I can't see the corpses of Steve Nash, Chris Kaman, and Jordan Farmar getting them anywhere. The Lakers are a 35-40 win team next year, and that won't be enough to make the playoffs in the West or bad enough to get a decent pick in the lottery.
 
2013-07-23 12:41:03 PM  
Good article on Grantland about how Kobe's contract makes it near impossible for the Lakers to pursue any of the big free agents in 2014. Must be write about Kobe day
 
2013-07-23 12:44:18 PM  

velvet_fog: I can't see the corpses of Steve Nash, Chris Kaman, and Jordan Farmar getting them anywhere.


Pau doesn't have to pretend to be a stretch 4 with Howard in Houston, so that will help some.

They're going to be absolutely wretched defensively though.
 
2013-07-23 12:58:52 PM  

velvet_fog: Aar1012: I thought that one of the funnier things about the Lakers is that they still made the playoffs last season.

/And they'll make it this next season too!

Lol wut? How? With Kobe out for part of the season with one of the worst sports injuries an old guy can get, not to mention no guarantee he'll be the same player he was before the injury when he does return? I can't see the corpses of Steve Nash, Chris Kaman, and Jordan Farmar getting them anywhere. The Lakers are a 35-40 win team next year, and that won't be enough to make the playoffs in the West or bad enough to get a decent pick in the lottery.


Adam Silver will do something special with his first time running the lottery.
 
2013-07-23 01:10:15 PM  
I dislike the Lakers (and I live in the LA area! No, I'm not a Clippers fan either) and yet as much as I enjoy this schadenfreude we all know this happened because of David Stern. He farked the Lakers royally by blocking the Chris Paul deal.  And you want to know the even funnier part? He screwed himself and the league even worse in the process.

I mean, look at the NB right now. You have the Mega-team in Miami right now but who else rivals them? Boston's Big 3 is gone, Rose still isn't back (and if he is, they still aren't a OP-team like the Heat, though they could be close), San Antonio is only getting older, the Clippers still aren't there yet....

Who could have balanced them out? The Lakers with Chris Paul, Kobe, & Howard.  It would have been Mega-team vs. Mega-team to serve as the most lucrative draw in the history of ever for the NBA and would have gone down in NBA history as the defining rivalry of a generation.  You can almost see Stern and the rest of the league swimming in the McDuck money bin with all the advertising, merchandising, and luxury tax money they would made over it. It would have been stupid good and yet now will never be.

So yeah, the moral of this story? Fark David Stern.
 
2013-07-23 01:15:46 PM  

Sczhuge13: I dislike the Lakers (and I live in the LA area! No, I'm not a Clippers fan either) and yet as much as I enjoy this schadenfreude we all know this happened because of David Stern. He farked the Lakers royally by blocking the Chris Paul deal.  And you want to know the even funnier part? He screwed himself and the league even worse in the process.

I mean, look at the NB right now. You have the Mega-team in Miami right now but who else rivals them? Boston's Big 3 is gone, Rose still isn't back (and if he is, they still aren't a OP-team like the Heat, though they could be close), San Antonio is only getting older, the Clippers still aren't there yet....

Who could have balanced them out? The Lakers with Chris Paul, Kobe, & Howard.  It would have been Mega-team vs. Mega-team to serve as the most lucrative draw in the history of ever for the NBA and would have gone down in NBA history as the defining rivalry of a generation.  You can almost see Stern and the rest of the league swimming in the McDuck money bin with all the advertising, merchandising, and luxury tax money they would made over it. It would have been stupid good and yet now will never be.

So yeah, the moral of this story? Fark David Stern.


i see your point, but your solution (letting Chris Paul go the Lakers), meant there would've been 2 supersteams in the league, rather than just one... Not sure if that exactly is a fix for what ails the NBA.    At least in the West, any team might make it to the Finals... Thats better than only one, like in the East.
 
2013-07-23 01:30:02 PM  
hilarious, subby... just hilarious
 
2013-07-23 01:46:14 PM  

Lost Thought 00: Good article on Grantland about how Kobe's contract makes it near impossible for the Lakers to pursue any of the big free agents in 2014. Must be write about Kobe day


You mean "Having a Beef With Kobe Day"?
 
2013-07-23 01:47:05 PM  

Lost Thought 00: Good article on Grantland about how Kobe's contract makes it near impossible for the Lakers to pursue any of the big free agents in 2014.


#illteachyouhowtowinthor
 
2013-07-23 01:47:49 PM  
Why would the Lakers give Kobe a big contract in 2014? He'll be like 36 or 37 with a bad Achilles' tendon. He's had a hell of a career, but any fan would rather take Lebron on his prime over an old Kobe. The Lakers were big before Kobe, they'll be big after Kobe.
 
2013-07-23 01:48:51 PM  
Laker fan here. Other than Shaq in '96, the Lakers have rarely if ever attracted a superstar free agent who wasn't already on the team. Most of the big name free agents who came here were past their prime when they arrived (Payton, Malone, Artest). Other than Shaq...the biggest coup they had in free agency was convincing Kobe to re-sign in '04.

The Lakers have traded for some huge stars (Gasol, Howard, Kareem, Wilt) and obviously drafted some (Magic, Worthy, West, Kobe via draft day trade) but they haven't been the free agent destination many make them out to be. Like most teams, they attract good role players in free agency, but usually not stars.
 
2013-07-23 01:55:56 PM  

domdare: Why would the Lakers give Kobe a big contract in 2014? He'll be like 36 or 37 with a bad Achilles' tendon. He's had a hell of a career, but any fan would rather take Lebron on his prime over an old Kobe. The Lakers were big before Kobe, they'll be big after Kobe.


Kobe won't be getting a big contract offer from the Lakers. My prediction is something in the 12-14 million per year range. I know he was recently quoted saying that he's not planning to take a pay cut, but I think that was mostly posturing. He knows that no one his age (especially coming back from an Achilles injury) gets max dollars. Just doesn't happen.

If his production is anything close to what it was this past season, 12-14 mil per year would be a steal for the Lakers.
 
2013-07-23 02:07:54 PM  
That article read like a children's book...big pictures & nothing of substance.
 
2013-07-23 04:42:36 PM  
The other reason is none of the available superstar players want to play for the Lakers, even if there was cap room.
 
2013-07-23 06:23:08 PM  
I used to like the Lakers but now the farkup son Fredo Bus is completely destroying them.  I'd think it was funnier if my favorite team the Nuggets didn't have a farkup son of our own.
 
2013-07-23 06:49:56 PM  

velvet_fog: Aar1012: I thought that one of the funnier things about the Lakers is that they still made the playoffs last season.

/And they'll make it this next season too!

Lol wut? How? With Kobe out for part of the season with one of the worst sports injuries an old guy can get, not to mention no guarantee he'll be the same player he was before the injury when he does return? I can't see the corpses of Steve Nash, Chris Kaman, and Jordan Farmar getting them anywhere. The Lakers are a 35-40 win team next year, and that won't be enough to make the playoffs in the West or bad enough to get a decent pick in the lottery.


You haven't watched the Lakers over the years, have you?  They win more games when Kobe is on the bench.  Sure, this year might be the exception to the rule.  But don't pretend that Kobe makes them a better team.
 
2013-07-23 06:50:34 PM  
(And by "on the bench", I mean not playing)
 
2013-07-24 01:55:42 AM  

gtfan92: Lost Thought 00: Good article on Grantland about how Kobe's contract makes it near impossible for the Lakers to pursue any of the big free agents in 2014.

#illteachyouhowtowinthor


Who is Thor?
 
2013-07-24 08:34:53 AM  

Neeek: The other reason is none of the available superstar players want to play for the Lakers, even if there was cap room.


why wouldn't anyone want to be backup wingman for Kobe Bryant's ego? inconceivable!
 
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