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2012-13 Los Angeles Lakers Thread

Originally posted by Pillbusta:
No one should be mad that Riley did his job. Now the whole league is trying to do the same thing. Houston just did it Dallas tried but failed. You got NYK LAC and now LAL trying. Lakers trying to carve out space to stockpile stars. Its the game now and LAL of all people should understand this. Never understood the hate

To be fair, Ainge was the first to start the trend with the celtics, then the Lakers loaded up as well.
Originally posted by StOnEy333:
Originally posted by Pillbusta:
No one should be mad that Riley did his job. Now the whole league is trying to do the same thing. Houston just did it Dallas tried but failed. You got NYK LAC and now LAL trying. Lakers trying to carve out space to stockpile stars. Its the game now and LAL of all people should understand this. Never understood the hate

To be fair, Ainge was the first to start the trend with the celtics, then the Lakers loaded up as well.

How about the Laker team with Malone, Payton, Shaq and Kobe? Of course two of those guys were old and washed up, but when they went there most people thought they had a ring on lock.

The hate with Miami was centered around Lebron. People hated him that offseason after the infamous "Decision."
Originally posted by sacniner:
Originally posted by StOnEy333:
Originally posted by Pillbusta:
No one should be mad that Riley did his job. Now the whole league is trying to do the same thing. Houston just did it Dallas tried but failed. You got NYK LAC and now LAL trying. Lakers trying to carve out space to stockpile stars. Its the game now and LAL of all people should understand this. Never understood the hate

To be fair, Ainge was the first to start the trend with the celtics, then the Lakers loaded up as well.

How about the Laker team with Malone, Payton, Shaq and Kobe? Of course two of those guys were old and washed up, but when they went there most people thought they had a ring on lock.

The hate with Miami was centered around Lebron. People hated him that offseason after the infamous "Decision."


they had the ring on lock till Malone got hurt in the WCFs and his replacement was Slava Medvedenko (sp?) Couple that with Billups destroying Payton
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Originally posted by sincalfaithful:
Originally posted by sacniner:
Originally posted by StOnEy333:
Originally posted by Pillbusta:
No one should be mad that Riley did his job. Now the whole league is trying to do the same thing. Houston just did it Dallas tried but failed. You got NYK LAC and now LAL trying. Lakers trying to carve out space to stockpile stars. Its the game now and LAL of all people should understand this. Never understood the hate

To be fair, Ainge was the first to start the trend with the celtics, then the Lakers loaded up as well.

How about the Laker team with Malone, Payton, Shaq and Kobe? Of course two of those guys were old and washed up, but when they went there most people thought they had a ring on lock.

The hate with Miami was centered around Lebron. People hated him that offseason after the infamous "Decision."


they had the ring on lock till Malone got hurt in the WCFs and his replacement was Slava Medvedenko (sp?) Couple that with Billups destroying Payton

C'mon...that's not why they lost. Kobe's performance in those finals was turrible. He scored 22.6 point/game on 23 shots/game and shot 38% from field.
Originally posted by 49ersMyLife:
Originally posted by sincalfaithful:
Originally posted by sacniner:
Originally posted by StOnEy333:
Originally posted by Pillbusta:
No one should be mad that Riley did his job. Now the whole league is trying to do the same thing. Houston just did it Dallas tried but failed. You got NYK LAC and now LAL trying. Lakers trying to carve out space to stockpile stars. Its the game now and LAL of all people should understand this. Never understood the hate

To be fair, Ainge was the first to start the trend with the celtics, then the Lakers loaded up as well.

How about the Laker team with Malone, Payton, Shaq and Kobe? Of course two of those guys were old and washed up, but when they went there most people thought they had a ring on lock.

The hate with Miami was centered around Lebron. People hated him that offseason after the infamous "Decision."


they had the ring on lock till Malone got hurt in the WCFs and his replacement was Slava Medvedenko (sp?) Couple that with Billups destroying Payton

C'mon...that's not why they lost. Kobe's performance in those finals was turrible. He scored 22.6 point/game on 23 shots/game and shot 38% from field.


The entire team was trash from the floor. Detroit defended very well that series. Kobe's whopping 38% was 2nd highest (not including Shaq since his shots were all around the basket)
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Originally posted by sincalfaithful:
Originally posted by 49ersMyLife:
Originally posted by sincalfaithful:
Originally posted by sacniner:
Originally posted by StOnEy333:
Originally posted by Pillbusta:
No one should be mad that Riley did his job. Now the whole league is trying to do the same thing. Houston just did it Dallas tried but failed. You got NYK LAC and now LAL trying. Lakers trying to carve out space to stockpile stars. Its the game now and LAL of all people should understand this. Never understood the hate

To be fair, Ainge was the first to start the trend with the celtics, then the Lakers loaded up as well.

How about the Laker team with Malone, Payton, Shaq and Kobe? Of course two of those guys were old and washed up, but when they went there most people thought they had a ring on lock.

The hate with Miami was centered around Lebron. People hated him that offseason after the infamous "Decision."


they had the ring on lock till Malone got hurt in the WCFs and his replacement was Slava Medvedenko (sp?) Couple that with Billups destroying Payton

C'mon...that's not why they lost. Kobe's performance in those finals was turrible. He scored 22.6 point/game on 23 shots/game and shot 38% from field.


The entire team was trash from the floor. Detroit defended very well that series. Kobe's whopping 38% was 2nd highest (not including Shaq since his shots were all around the basket)

Of course, Detroit was a great defensive team....but it doesn't change that fact that Kobe struggled in that series and that was one of the biggest reasons why Lakers lost in 5 games.
[ Edited by 49ersMyLife on Jul 10, 2013 at 2:49 PM ]
Originally posted by 49ersMyLife:
Of course, Detroit was a great defensive team....but it doesn't change that fact that Kobe struggled in that series and that was one of the biggest reasons why Lakers lost in 5 games.

He was the only reason they didn't get swept and yes Kobe shot the ball like s**t with the exception of Game 2..Prince played great D on him... The Lakers also had no answer for Billups
Originally posted by valrod33:
Werent you guys crying about Lebron Wade and Bosh teaming up but would be okay with Deng, Bryant, Gortat and Melo teaming up?

Kobe in his 19th year vs LeBron in his prime? A liiiiiitle bit different.

Hell, in Kobe's prime, he was trying to get away from Shaq, not form the Super Friends.
Originally posted by 9erReign:
LOL @ you cherry picking Gortat.

Kobe, Melo, Deng is an all-star big three on par with LeBron, Wade, Bosh. And even worse since Kobe is taking $1 for one last desperate attempt at a championship. If LeBron took the minimum the critics would NEVER shut up.

Kobe will be in his NINETEENTH year when this happens.
I just realized that Cleveland signed Earl Clark to a 2-year $9 mill deal...wtf! How come we didn't do something about this? He is one of the few young athletic guys we had on our team and we just let him walk out? Didn't we own his bird rights too? The f**k!
[ Edited by GameOver on Jul 10, 2013 at 5:09 PM ]
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Originally posted by LA9erFan:
Originally posted by valrod33:
Werent you guys crying about Lebron Wade and Bosh teaming up but would be okay with Deng, Bryant, Gortat and Melo teaming up?

Kobe in his 19th year vs LeBron in his prime? A liiiiiitle bit different.

Hell, in Kobe's prime, he was trying to get away from Shaq, not form the Super Friends.

But in the prime of his career he was also demanding trade on TV and Radio because he didn't think he had a good team around him.


Also, he didn't get away from Shaq because he didn't want to make a Super team. Instead, he wanted a Super-Team with him in charge.
Originally posted by GameOver:
I just realized that Cleveland signed Earl Clark to a 2-year $9 mill deal...wtf! How come we didn't do something about this? He is one of the few young athletic guys we had on our team and we just let him walk out? Didn't we own his bird rights too? The f**k!

Lakers current goal is to have as close to $0 committed salary in 2014. Currently they just have Steve Nash.
Originally posted by 49ersMyLife:
But in the prime of his career he was also demanding trade on TV and Radio because he didn't think he had a good team around him.


Also, he didn't get away from Shaq because he didn't want to make a Super team. Instead, he wanted a Super-Team with him in charge.

Yep, he demanded a trade when the talent on the roster was on the completely opposite end of the spectrum. Outside of a solid player in Odom and a very young & raw Bynum, the vast majority of that roster was either out of the league or at the end of a bench right afterward.

He never got a super team. He got a really good #2 who was a fringe all-star. I know people like to paint Pau as being more than that, but before LA, he was a 1-time all-star that was being beaten out to All-Star rosters by guys like Andrei Kirilenko, David West, & Carlos Boozer. He took that dude, Odom, & a Bynum that could barely walk to two titles.

Not a "super team", and far different than taking one of the 5 greatest players at his position in his late 20's & early 30's and a guy who had made 5 ASG's (also in his late 20's) on his own to titles.
Originally posted by 9erReign:
Lakers current goal is to have as close to $0 committed salary in 2014. Currently they just have Steve Nash.

Wow. They're going to gave around $50 million in cap space next offseason. I'm assuming at least half of that will be spent on Kobe, but that still leaves them with plenty of cap space to bring in some nice FA's. Then you got a probable lottery pick in a deep draft coming in. Very intriguing.
[ Edited by SofaKing on Jul 10, 2013 at 6:11 PM ]
Originally posted by SofaKing:
Originally posted by 9erReign:
Lakers current goal is to have as close to $0 committed salary in 2014. Currently they just have Steve Nash.

Wow. They're going to gave around $50 million in cap space next offseason. I'm assuming at least half of that will be spent on Kobe, but that still leaves them with plenty of cap space to bring in some nice FA's. Then you got a probable lottery pick in a deep draft coming in. Very intriguing.

There's a lot of talk from guys I know that have contacts in the organization that Kobe's going to take a steep discount, and perhaps all the way to the vet minimum.
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