It’s easy to understand Plaschke’s reasoning, but when your getting a player that can play both sides of the court and shoot over 40% behind the arc for 18 million for three years, it’s really hard to complain at all. What are your thoughts, Lakers Nation? Sound-off!
L.A. Times: Less than three weeks after the parade, the NBA champion Lakers have already met the biggest threat to their throne.
What are they thinking? What are they doing?
They just won a title that would not have been possible without the strong defense and stunning shooting of a 24-year-old kid with a limitless ceiling.
Yet they send the kid packing for an aging nut whose greatest hits have occurred on the heads of fans.
They just won a title with a locker room bathed in the soothing light of unselfishness, teamwork and a quiet temerity.
Yet they cut the power and added the darkest of moods, a guy who has made a career out of hoarding the ball, the attention, and the anger.
Tell me again, why did they get rid of Trevor Ariza for Ron Artest?
Explain to me, please, why they wouldn’t even negotiate further with Trevor Ariza before quickly agreeing to sign Ron Artest?