Originally posted by Ninerjohn:
KEGster.. give it a rest. My God. I dont like the Lakers because I am a Warrior fan but I acknowledge their greatness. Maybe you didnt watch enough of James Worthy but he was an incredible player. If he was on another team where he HAD to score 28 per game he could have.
I was upset about the Gasol trade at the time and even have discussed it with Pete. However, in the end Pete was right. Memphis DID do well with that trade as did the Lakers. Yes, Gasol did turn the Lakers fortunes around but the trade was not one sided as you make it out to be.
I am enjoying the fact that the Lakers are down and that their future might not be bright but its foolish to not recognize how great this franchise has been. They drafted Vlade Divac late in Rd 1. They traded Vlade for a HS kid that was passed over by many teams and will go down as one of the best players in history. They made smart trades for draft picks to eventually get Magic and Worthy. Bottom line is this.. they made smart choices, smart trades, and won. Isnt that what a franchise is supposed to do?
How is Wilt, Kareem, Shaq, Gasol, falling in your lap ''smart choices''. Hollywood lifestyle has more to do with Lakers success as any quote "brilliant move" like signing a coach with 6 previous Championship titles.
How can you downplay the Gasol trade this badly? The Lakers went from being a under .500 franchise & missing the playoffs to making the Finals 3 straight years. How is that ''doing well''. They were HANDED a championship. Only the NBA would allow this
The Grizzlies fell off the face of the Earth after making the playoffs for 3 straight years. Yes, what a marvelous trade 5 years & 2 Laker titles later. I'm supposed to be impressed by the Lakers amazing ability to rob other stupid (Only in the NBA) franchises?
Sixers after Wilt trade: Steady decline. Lakers won titles
Bucks after Kareem: Missed playoffs. Lakers won titles
Magic after Shaq: Missed playoffs. Lakers won titles
Grizzlies after Gasol: Missed playoffs. Lakers wont titles
^ What kind of legitimate Professional League would allow this? You are giving the Lakers franchise WAYYYY too much credit. They are essentially the Florida Marlins but in a fraudulent league