Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Wednesday Windmill: The Lakers are doomed
The Los Angeles Lakers are doomed and there is nothing that can save them. Ever since the death of Dr. Jerry Buss, their transcendent emperor, the Lakers have done nothing but make a series of asinine decisions courtesy of their slow-witted general manger Mitch Kupchak, Dr. Buss' slimy daughter Jeanie, and Magic Johnson, who despite being the most beloved Laker of all-time, finds ways to get in the press for making pompous statements laced with bitterness.
The decision to sign Kobe Bryant to a 2 year, $48M contract isn't the only wrong that these monkeys have done. They ran Dwight Howard out of town after naming him the second coming of Shaquille O'Neal, signed Jeremy Lin with the hopes of him being the face of the franchise, and convinced Steve Nash to not retire so that they could trade his $9.7M expiring contract before the trade deadline (Click here for more details on that story).
While there is the assumption that the Lakers will turn things around shortly due to their brand, location, and history, there is nothing that their current management has done to convince us that such a turnaround will ever happen. As a matter of fact, if their current trend of incompetence continues, the Lakers will soon become a traveling circus. They will play the Harlem Globetrotters in pick up basketball games and travel overseas to take pictures with insane leaders of third world countries as a token of good will from the United States.
"We should send the Lakers", the President will say. "Word of the Lakers' shameful play hasn't yet reached that part of the world. They will be greeted as heroes and everybody will get a good chuckle from Kobe Bryant, who is able to tell jokes in many languages. They may be our only hope."
The only exciting player on the entire Lakers' roster right now is Nick Young, a talented and quick-triggered shooting guard with a flair for entertaining. He fully embraces the Hollywood life, dating an Australian hip-hop sensation named Iggy Azalea and wearing flashy clothes after games. He's living the life and playing good basketball while he's at it. While he isn't a player who the Lakers can build a championship team around, he is at least a player who will get people to come to the games. The Lakers desperately need somebody to get people to come watch them play and they have found their man in Nick Young.
What is alarming about all of this, is that the Lakers have fallen to the point that they just want a player who can put butts in the seats. Teams that have had this problem are some of the worst teams we've ever seen. Teams like the Clippers and Warriors from the 90s, the Wizards from the early 2000s, and the Denver Nuggets of every generation, are teams that have been in the market for these types of players. They know they can't win games, so they might as well lose while providing their fans with some quality entertainment.
The fact that the Lakers are going down this path has to be alarming for Lakers fans, and what's worse is that there appears to be no turning back. So long as the current management is at the helm, I see no reason to believe that things will EVER get better for the Lakers. The Lakers are doomed and they will forever be a doormat for every other team in the NBA.
---Ben Parker: follow me on twitter @nba_lord for NBA news