Extremely strong 'big picture' post. Nice.
Listen up youngsters.
To the Jim Buss haters
Lets say he and his dad would have hired Shaw, and not Mike Brown....you realize Kobe would still be old as dirt, Pau is still soft as [expletive], and Howard never liked Kobe and those two would have never meshed.
I don't think in any universe, you can blame Jim Buss.
Phil is done and last season probably would have worsened his health.
If the team was too slow in 2011, you think the Bad back Dwight team, and Jamison and all those guys would have fared better against OKC and all these speedy young teams that simply RAN us off the court the last few seasons?
After losing CP3, we "lost" Odoma nd Pau forever. Let's be real. They both never REALLY recovered.
meanwhile, it was a reason last year should hve been embraced more.
Kobe was doing some un heard of level play at his age/ minutes played in the NBA.
As far as MDA being to blame for Kobe's end of season breakdown....
Well, the years prior to thlast, Kobe broke down at the end of those seasons too.
If ANYTHING, Jim is doing a GREAt job. now we're in position to get a good draft pick in the best draft in a decade( allegedly)
And we have money for 2014 and 2016.
In my estimation, people want the GOOD but not the BAD
I mean, a 15 win season is what LED Miami to be in position to have a dynasty. And the same with Boston( though they only won one chip)
We won some titles, we tried to see if tweaks could be made, then we added superstars, now we see it's OVER. The Kobe-Pau thinkg is done.
Next year Pau WILL be gone, KObe will be in his victory lap, andsome young stud will be here learning how CRAZY Laker fans are.
Lets go back in history
1990s sucked for Laker fans, right? That was Jerry and Jerry
In 1996, we got Kobe and Shaq, but it still takes a couple years to figure it out----2000-2010 we get 5 titles
So , in 2016, Kobe comes off the books and we have whatever young stud we draft and maybe even a Kevin Love or Melo or somebody who can ball and we sign or trade for another guy and BAM, we'll be on our way
But if you have been a fan, since Magic's retirementt, I don't want to hear no bull[expletive] about
"Jim Buss ruining" ANYTHING
This is typical for the Lakers, it's just people want to LIVE IN DENIAL.
Jerry Buss was ALIVE during the 90s and during the " Kobe in his absolute prime, but playing with Smush and company" era.
I don't want to hear claims that don't take into consideration the full depth of the Lakers history
OR the CBA aimed specifically AT the Lakers, OR the failed CP3 trade.
otherwise, you're LYING