Throughout the 2008-09 NBA season and particularly just before the Feb. 19 trade deadline, several teams seemed to be cutting salaries for purely economic purposes. Here’s why the Lakers weren’t one of them:
This basketball season, much has been made about the impact of the nationwide recession that’s adversely affecting so many people not just in America but around the world.
Owners throughout professional basketball have made deals that appear, at least on the surface, to have just as much to do with their respective economic situations as on-the-court performance (see: pre-physical Tyson Chandler).
““I think the country’s economic struggles will have an effect on the business of basketball and the NBA.” said Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchack. “It is obviously a tough economic environment right now with a lot of uncertainty going forward. It is essential that all NBA teams and the NBA in New York pay close attention to the economy and how it may affect this great game in the short term so as to ensure its success in the long term.”
Certainly so, but let’s pause for a second … How has the economic letdown specifically affected the Lakers?
Well, with the Feb. 19 trade deadline passing, L.A. made two separate moves, first sending Vladimir Radmanovic to Charlotte for Shannon Brown and Adam Morrison and subsequently exchanging Chris Mihm with Memphis for a future draft pick.
“We did a couple of deals that we think solidifies our roster a little bit and gives us some flexibility down the road,” Kupchak said. “For obvious reasons, we’re very comfortable with our team and we didn’t look to tinker with the core.”
Economics, basketball or both?