I was thinking about starting a new thread about this, I'm glad an existing one is here.
I think attempting to repair our relationships with other teams in the league would go a long way. It's gotten to the point where nobody wants to make any trades with us at all and other teams are actively trying to subvert our attempts to land free agents/hire a coach/etc
LeBron has to stop obviously making attempts at tampering or teasing it. Holding his hands up over his mouth mid-court looks sorry. It looks desperate. Kobe never did [expletive] like that. Rob Pelinka should make an attempt at forming relationships with the other GMs and Presidents in the league. Or at least, not making it worse. If you see Daryl Morey at the Staples Center walking over to say Hello. Sending RC Buford a card congratulating him for his sons college graduation (for example). Mailing Bob Myers a fruit basket for no reason in particular...... That last example obviously is a bit ridiculous, but [expletive] like that. Trying your best to normalize relations again. Doing this in mass repeatedly over time, puts us in a situation to make deals like moving up in the draft for some sort of modest exchange, and makes teams more receptive to trades in general. Right now no team will trade with us under any conditions just out of hate. Jeanie should also try to form connections with the other owners in the league. This is something I learned in the private sector. You don't do things like this for any sort of immediate quid pro quo, you do small things of outreach like this because you're a good person and you're pleasant to be around. I remember Jay-Z sharing a story of how he use to send Biggie champagne bottles after he'd have won awards. And at the time, they werent necessarily putting out albums together or on the same label together. But years later, Diddy approached him for an album idea and handed him over tracks he had already been working on. You do little things to plant seeds, and there is usually a benefit to it later on. LeBron, it's not that people are angry at you for trying to create you're own narrative, it's that other team owners think you are actively trying to subvert the rules and sabotage their teams. Trades should be mutually beneficial to both teams. The Lakers want to offer horse crap for Zion and AD. No, trades should be mutually beneficial to both teams in both basketball and business terms. You need to form relationships to make things happen. So begin planting the seeds. There's a lot of repairing to do.
I think we can invest a little more money in our already good scouting department, but expand that to include scouting of G-league, active NBA players, and also international players. I think we have the best scouting when it comes to promising NCAA recruits, it's a shame we're not that good after we draft them. But with a repaired relationship with other managers on other teams, their more willing to trade us hidden gems that aren't necessarily a good fit for their team. I mean common dude, Mike Muscula? You couldn't get any better than that? So scouting can use a bit of a boost, in regards to g-league active nba personnel, and international players. Hell, have scouts present in places you'd ordinarily not think to look.
Don't be so terrified of possibly falling into the luxury tax. There was no excuse to lose Julius Randle for nothing. Just as long as you dont committ massive money to older aging players, you're never in a bad position. If you have a roster full of young athletic skilled players on contracts that are fair to the market, you always have flexibility to deal with other teams IF salary cap ends up becoming an issue. So they should stop being so terrified of it.
I'd like a little more money to go into player development as well as well as holding a hard line with our young players. All these young kids have poor fundamentals on top of getting injured all the time. And their [expletive]ing sensitive too. I refuse to believe it's bad luck. Increase their workouts, mandate rest time, and downright tell them- Hey, if your not willing to change a shooting/defensive form that has proven to not work, your out of here or your sitting out games or having minutes cut in favor of players who are willing to work and listen to the trainers, and by the way reduce that BS on social media. Having them run more laps tough guy Byron Scott style is not the way, as a better approach would be increasing the number of team-mandated workouts and individual drills/weight lifting-stretching-icing sessions/mandated rest/massage/therapy/video sessions/etc
Jeanie Buss, just try harder.
Edited by dbtbandit67, April 24, 2019 - 03:04 AM.