Lakers: What Happened?

happy kobe.HOOPSWORLD.COM: The summer of 2007 was not supposed to be like this.

The Los Angeles Lakers once had visions of grandeur that this summer they’d land the key piece to propel them back into contention.

With three-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant already locked in, this would be the moment they’d pair him up with another superstar.

The list of players was broad (and ultimately unavailable): LeBron James, Amare Stoudemire, Yao Ming . . . but one player in particular stood out as the ideal match, Kevin Garnett.

Playing for the rebuilding Minnesota Timberwolves and armed with an opt-out clause, Garnett would have some serious leverage if he ever decided to push for a trade.

The Lakers passed on many opportunities to improve but none with the impact of landing the Big Ticket.

Garnett has that home in Malibu. He’s looked great next to Bryant on All-Star teams. He’s an intense competitor who only played beside a true closer once in his career (a healthy Sam Cassell).

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Jaime is the co-owner and Operating Director for LakerNation.com from Alhambra, CA. He's help create the official websites for Kevin Durant and Goodwin Sports. Currently, he's the Online Producer for FOX Sports Radio and AM570 KLAC.
  • LA-KB24

    there is no way kobe is gonna go anywhere … he is also not going to sit out the season.. Ric Bucher doesnt kno anything

  • MoneyMarl

    yea, what the F. happened??? KObe should have got out of there, the moment Jerry West Left. MItch Kupchak is a lame duck or should i say boo-boo. Jim buss knows nothing about basketball. And Jerry Buss is getting old. Magic is not around that all the time. Phil Jackson is only there because of Kobe, Its not like Jim Buss likes him as he openly criticized Phil on the radio.

  • lakersforlife77

    We were five seconds away from ousting the suns……….how did we go from that to this

  • Roger

    god please dont let such a great team like the lakers go down in the dumps like celtics did

  • Justin M.

    Hey guys, think about something. Everyone one is saying things about Kobe and KG EXCEPT for Kobe and KG. So dont worry Kobe and Lakers fan’s. Start worring or start getting excited when a quote come’s from Kobe, KG, The LA and Mini FO or Phil Jackson.

  • MoneyMarl

    have you guys thought about the Idea of Kobe retiring?? just so he can show the Lakers he means Business. Kobe can retire and go sign with one of them European Teams. Basketball Giants like Real Madrid and FC Barcelona got a lot of money, isn’t it funnier that he’s in Spain where those exact same teams are??

  • nyla

    “god please dont let such a great team like the lakers go down in the dumps like celtics did”

    The Lakers better stop being so arrogant and thinking “we’re the Lakers..we had great players and chips before Kobe (and Shaq) and we’ll have them after” cause the past and name on the front of the jersey doesn’t guarantee you anything just ask the Celtics and the Bulls. LA is a sexy place to live and it will attract stars, but it takes special players to win Championships and special players only come around once in a lifetime. You have to appreciate and take advantage while you have them. I hope we don’t turn into the Celtics, but I have a fear karma might caught up with the Buss family soon.

  • Justin M.

    SHUT THE F**K UP Money Marl. Kobe is not going anywhere and if he does do something stupid like that no team would want him because they know he will eventually become a distraction because he will do whatever it takes to get what he wants.

  • JAY

    ALL WE SHOULD DO IS HAVE KOBE AND THE BUSS FAMILY IN THE SAME ROOM ALONG WITH ONLY FANS. NOT THE MEDIA. ALL THEY DO IS LIE OR BEND THE TRUTH. ALL KOBE NEEDS IS A REAL PG, A big who can catch his passes and a three point threat. LAMAR should be at the 3 where he belongs. everyone forgets about mimh, he was the only big we have that was actually consistant and played some defense. KOBE SAYS HE BLEEDS PURPLE AND GOLD, ALL HE WANTS IS A CHANCE TO WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS, WANTS THE CITY TO CELEBRATE, BUT THE FO IS A JOKE NOT MAKING ANY MOVES…..NOT EVEN POSITIVE ONES IF THAT. ALL WE CAN HOPE FOR IS THAT KOBE LOOKS PAST THE BULLSHIT. A SEE HE IS A TRUE LAKER. THIS IS WHERE HE HAS MADE HIS CLAIM. THE TRUE FANS ARE HERE TO STAND BY YOU AND THE HATERS ARE GONNA KEEP ON HATING THATS JUST SOCIETY.

  • lakerfan81

    The lakers were 25-13 at one point last season, Lamar was playing the best basketball since he joined the lakers. Walton was playing fantastic and facilitating the offense beautifully, both when he was playing with the starters and the 2nd squad. the team was finally starting to play as team and building chemistry. Kobe was learning to trust his teammates, learning when to let other people score and when to take control of the game.They were probably one of the top 6 teams in the NBA. Sure they were overachieving, but they were probably a piece or two away from being legitimate contenders. Then everyone started to get hurt. Players that were not ready or incapable of doing so were asked to step up into different roles. All the chemistry went out the window. Kobe had to step and dominate for the entire game just so the lakers could have a chance to win. Kobe’s newly formed trust in his teammates was thrown away along with any chemistry the team was building. And now look where we are backed into a corner, grasping at any far fetched gleam of hope.

  • lakerfan81

    I think I figured out why everyone hates Kobe so much. People hate Shaq as a basketball player, hes probably the most hated basketball player ever. Everyone hated MJ when he came into the league, they said he was selfish, just as they do for Kobe. The difference between Shaq and Kobe is that Shaq is easy to hate as a basketball player, but impossible to hate as a person because he is seemingly such a likable guy. Kobe is just not as likable (or seemingly so since I do not know him personally), he just does not have the same flamboyant personality that Shaq has. Mj was just as “selfish” and came down on his teammates just as hard as Kobe does. But MJ had such a perfectly crafted persona, one that for whatever reason kobe has not been able to create. That and MJ was on a team that perfectly matched his style of play and leadership. Kobe never has and maybe never will. Shaq was never goping top let the lakers be Kobe’s team and Kobe was not always going to play second best to Shaq, their egos would not allow it. And now that Kobe can be “the man” he doesn’t have the talent and players that compliment his ability to do so, as MJ did.

  • kingster33

    hi

  • shittyman

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