Originally posted by 49ersMyLife:
Lakers will be fine. They are one of the greatest NBA franchises and it's ok if they don't win a title for a few years. In the end, Lakers will be fine because enough great players will want to come play there to play basketball.
They will most likely be fine. But the face 3 problems.
1) Are the kids as good as Jerry Buss was?
2) They now have the highest state income tax in the country making a big difference for max contract pro athletes. You already see a lot of top players going to Florida and Texas the last few years. No state income tax there.
3) The new cap penalties come into play. You go above 100 million in fines if you exceed the salary cap for a certain # of years in a row under the new rules. So it will be tougher for anybody to pay fines like that. Even teams that are used to paying more. 100 million plus fines per year is a lot even for organizations with a lot of money.