Losing dwight was a good thing over the long haul. sure it will cost them now as he was the last line of defense on a poor perimeter defending team and getting nothing for him wasnt optimal but he is absolutely not the franchise player some here would like to believe.
Thats not even the problem, the problem is he thinks he is a franchise player and doest seem to understand his own limitations or that the world doesnt revolve around him. One can blame the media all they want but after this much bs,its abundantly clear that homeboy is not right in the head --and not in a fun mwp way but in a destructive and cancerous way.
yes he is an elite defender and paint force on that end but he still hasnt learned to stop committing stupid fouls. he should have been on the bench in foul trouble on account of the lakers poor perimeter defense, not his perrennial inability to learn that you cant manhandle people. Combined with the fact that he cant make free throws and you often have a very expensive paperweight in the 4th quarter.
He says one thing and does another in more ways than i even need to mention. What peaves me though is the talk of how he wants to learn from the best but has never grasped what that means. He never even contacted kaj after their initial meeting, never seemed to learn anything from his sessions with hakeem, couldnt take kobe being around longer, and has to do things his way. All of which speaks volumes of his desire for growth as a player and hunger to win.
Team offices are smart enough to know his downfalls but they were willing to take a gamble on this guy coming to terms with who he is as a player. maybe he will finally stfu now that his leverage is gone and the rockets own him but im doubtful. This would be all well and good if he was 22 but thats not the case, he may yet mature but he isnt getting much better if at all.
Im happy the lakers arent tied to this guy for 5 years as he will likely be useless when his athleticism fails.
As far as where they are this season, im very content with they players they have signed. They got some youth and athleticism for the first time in a while and should at least be fun to watch. They have kept cap room and got young players willing to come to la for vets min 1 year deals, not too shabby.
Sure, they are not likely to contend for much but they could easily overachieve and be a fun squad to watch.
Its a stretch to imagine dantoni guiding them to a ring no matter who they have(aside from a dream team) and they certainly werent going to win it with dwight.
Even if unfortune strikes them again and they have a plague of injuries(Kobe would have to miss much of the season obviously) they could be in the running for some nice dp's.
The lakers are an all or nothing team in the sense that you win it all or win nothing. They wont be winning it all but winning nothing(if done well)could be one hell of a consolation prize for the next draft. Unfortunately that is pretty damn unlikely with the [expletive] fest lottery race that is going to occur but its still a potential plus. Im not a believer in the lakers tanking as its not something they do, as is failing to make the playoffs but damn if it were to happen naturally, this would be the year lol.
I would pay thousands to see stern's face as he watched wiggins put on a laker hat. one can dream lol.
Edited by SweatShop, July 27, 2013 - 03:03 PM.
Abdul-Jabbar told the San Francisco Chronicle last month he met Howard only once and that Howard expressed an interest in learning from the former Lakers captain but he never again reached out to Abdul-Jabbar.
‘He’s charming, he’s charismatic, very nice young man,’ Abdul-Jabbar said. ‘Maturity-wise, he doesn’t get it.’