Fido, I have no problem with your passion as a fan.
My only issue has only ever been this.
A lot of your feelings and negative direction and attitude stems a lot from assumption of what you "think" the organization feels.
That is you, not the Lakers.
You THINK and assume the organization doesn't care about the fans. So in turn you feel slighted as a fan.
In your mind it's "I spent and invested so much time in this organization! I deserve 200% back and anything less I'm not happy about!"
Again you assume.
Do you think Mitch is sitting there happy that we're fighting for the 8th seed? Was Jerry happy is Jim happy?
The problem fido is you seem to assume that people are "just happy to be the 8th seed" and thus don't have the passion for the team you do.
The problem is you never complete the sentence.
People are happy we're the 8th seed when the alternative was missing the playoffs.
This year has not lived up to the expectations to the beginning of the year. But considering where this team was in January and where we are now in the playoff picture, THAT is what people are happy about.
They aren't happy "just being the 8th seed" they are happy to make the playoffs period after considering all that's happened this year.
They may want this team to be a top 4 seed just like you do. But in the western conference, no team that's dealt with everything we've dealt with along with oss of personnel and changews and injury enters the playoffs the top 4 seed.
You also seem to think this Lakers team shows no effort that you feel they should, you assume they don't care like you do.
If that was the case fido, the team would have tanked in January and we wouldn't be sitting here talking about the playoffs.
It didn't happen "your" way. But it happened.
A lot of your hatred seems to stem through assumption that this organization is "ok" where they are at. Which you actually have no idea whether or not.
You assume it.
And your biggest assumption comes from the coaching choice, and the effort of some players on the court some nights.
So not picking Phil proves the organization is alright with mediocrity..
What did trading Gasol and Odomn for Chris Paul, and the next off-season getting both Steve Nash and Dwight Howard prove then?
I'm sure when Mitch did that he wasn't saying "this will be a great 8th seed team"
Don't assume you're more upset as a fan than the people that run the organizations and have to make the decisions every day you are on the forum to talk about and ther players that play the game you're passionate about.
And my only issue is that I've seen you talk down to fans for not understanding the business side of things and acting like it's easy(which I agree with you about 100 percent)
But then in the same breath at times act as if it's just as black and white as the organization "proving" to you that they aren't happy being an 8th seed. It ain't as easy as you make it sound, and you know that too.
And the assumption game can go both weays.
You can tell me all the reasons you think this organization doesn't care in the same way you do, and I can list all the reasons that they do and probably things that show they care MORE so than you.
No matter how much money you've spent over the years on this team, Mitch has spent 100+ million. Do you actually think they don't care? Its your entertainment its THEIR livelihood.
And that's all I have to say about that.