Originally posted by sacniner:
How restless would the fanbase be though? The Front Office will have so much pressure to sign FAs and rebuild to a contender immediately. I think you're right, but don't most Laker fans not have this mindset?
Who gives a s**t? Forgive the curt response and it isn't directed toward you, but we'd be goddamn idiots to base our strategy on the fans. Fans are short sighted, reactionary, and they'll get over things once we start winning again. The fans were furious when Shaq got traded, and that was absolutely formative in the Lakers' ability to form the next championship squad that they formed. The Lakers have a 20 year, $4 BILLION contract with Time Warner, and are making money hand over fist. It's not like fans being pissed off is going to send the Buss family into bankruptcy.
Pretty much the only way we can f**k this up is by being short-sighted. It took the Lakers 4 years to get back to championship contention after Shaq got traded, and that was with a bonafide superstar on the roster
, which we don't have now. This is going to take a few years. But we have 1 year to liquidate the assets that we have (mainly Kobe & Pau), and after that they're gone.
The Lakers have the INCREDIBLE advantage of being a prime FA destination, which is EXACTLY why it would be idiotic for them to formulate their re-building strategy around it. ALL the Lakers have to worry about is getting good players on rookie contracts, because FA will take care of itself. And the fans need to get over it, because getting back to title contention is gonna take a few years. f**k 'em.