"Force?" Who did the Lakers "force" into a lopsided sign and trade???
"Being willing to operate at a higher payroll?" They still can't sign star players off of other rosters. They can only keep their own.
The Lakers are a signature franchise because they've had great management and they win. The Clippers have been in LA for close to 30 years now and they were the complete opposite until they finally started making good personnel decisions.
Are the Knicks a "desirable destination?" They play in a bigger market than LA. Short of Carmelo Anthony, who have they gotten and what have they won over the last 40 years because of that?
If the Lakers weren't run by Jerry Buss and Jerry West for decades, they would not be a desirable destination for anything. They'd be the Knicks.
Last edited by Kstat; 12-20-2013 at 04:44 AM.
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Gotta say it's starting to end for Kobe the superstar. He can still be good after 6 weeks, but with his body starting to break down his moves will be limited and I'm not seeing him getting back to his usual self anytime soon.
It's a bit of a sad moment if it ends up like this, a superstar breaking his body down until retirement. But he has already assured himself of a seat in the HoF and the 50 greatest players list.
This reminds me a lot of Derek Jeter. Brutal injury, tries to come back ASAP, but then other parts of the body start falling apart.
Again nobody was forced to do anything now you could say they were lucky and that's true they were but they were also smart.
Big market doesn't always equal success(the Knicks are a good example of that)
For a while the same could be said about the Celtics until Ray Allen and KG went there.
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