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Old 07-06-13, 05:41 PM
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DOWN GOES THE LAKERS

The Los Angeles Lakers have fallen into the abyss of NBA mediocrity and there is no escape for them anytime soon. Dwight Howard has opted to leave the Lakers for the Houston Rockets, a team that had so much more to offer the superstar. The Rockets had the youthful tandem of Jeremy Lin and James Harden to help seduce Howard. They also had cap room to possibly make another deal; bottom line is they had flexibility that the Lakers could only dream of.


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Old 07-06-13, 11:55 PM
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I think this is the most underrated part of the whole Howard free agency. ESPN was doing everything in their power to pressure Howard to stay in LA. I remember watching one night where they had the headline for a Howard FA piece as "Howard Fleeing?" and then when they repeated the story it changed to "Howard Leaving?". Now the Lakers are going to pathetic for a while and it's no sure thing they will be back to decency anytime soon. They have absolutely no young talent and their only trade asset is an aging Pau Gasol and his expiring $20M contract...something they are going to want to keep on the books for next summer's FAs. Best of all, their Owner is an idiot of Isaiah Thomas proportions.

As far as summer 2014 goes, look at how Houston and Dallas made their FA pitch. Dallas gutted their roster after their championship and cleared cap room. Houston built themselves as a free agent destination by patiently acquiring draft talent and then flipping it into assets and cap space. Cleveland will look a lot like Houston and LA will look a lot like Dallas next summer. History has shown what situation attracts FAs.

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Old 07-07-13, 12:20 AM
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I have been watching basketball for a very long time. Even before there was a team in Texas let alone San Antonio. I can't recall the Lakers ever having fallen to these depths, even when they were in Minnesota.
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Old 07-07-13, 09:32 AM
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With the new CBA everyone now gets to see if the lakers are really all that good at building a team. In the past they just threw money around, now they're actually going to have to scout talent and become managers.

Ought to be interesting to see how they fare. And those sounds you hear coming out of Connecticut are from the office of espn as they wail and bemoan the fact that their favorite franchises (boston, la, ny) are now down and out.

They're going to have to actually work to provide programming that people want to see.
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Old 07-07-13, 09:38 AM
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With the new CBA everyone now gets to see if the lakers are really all that good at building a team. In the past they just threw money around, now they're actually going to have to scout talent and become managers.

Ought to be interesting to see how they fare. And those sounds you hear coming out of Connecticut are from the office of espn as they wail and bemoan the fact that their favorite franchises (boston, la, ny) are now down and out.

They're going to have to actually work to provide programming that people want to see.

They'll probably just nationally televise all 82 games of Miami.
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Old 07-07-13, 11:49 AM
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They'll probably just nationally televise all 82 games of Miami.
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Old 07-07-13, 03:48 PM
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With the new CBA everyone now gets to see if the lakers are really all that good at building a team. In the past they just threw money around, now they're actually going to have to scout talent and become managers.

Ought to be interesting to see how they fare. And those sounds you hear coming out of Connecticut are from the office of espn as they wail and bemoan the fact that their favorite franchises (boston, la, ny) are now down and out.

They're going to have to actually work to provide programming that people want to see.
I agree.. However, Now they'll probably have a series on how to rebuild a team or talk about the greatness of Steve Nash or Vintage Kobe. Lakers are completely overated- most of their assets were sent away for giant contracts.
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