It's ugly, painful to watch. Must we endure such a surreal reality? The agonizing truth is, yes, we must. It's the only way to restore order. We tried to rebuild quickly. Mitch did a masterful job of swinging two trades that were supposed to restore dominance in a short period, but his brilliance was STERN-ly blocked and shut down. What he did was simply West-esque, but where we stand now isn't his fault. No, it isn't his fault but this is the unfortunate reality. Now we have to fix it; and it ain't gonna be fast!
I hate seeing us lose. We are the LAKERS! We DON'T lose! We have more wins, playoff appearances, Finals appearances and Hall of Famers than anyone else.... By Far! Yet here we stand, or rather lie. We are defeated, sad, defenseless (literally), a fumbling embarrassment of buffoonery. Oh hello Charlotte, so this is what it feels like. No Thank You.
Realistically there is only one way to change this: Keep It up. Let _'Antoni lead us into the cavernous depths of suck, and as we carry the flag of despair, let us collect as many Lottery Balls as possible on the torturous spiral downward. We need this, Jim Buss really needs to witness this. He needs to understand that he needs help. No matter how slight Phi11 made him feel, this experience should make him feel far worse, hopefully. He needs to understand that his thoughts and opinions should be amputated and not allowed to enter the realm of human conversation. Mitch needs another "Basketball Brain" to bounce ideas off of so that we can return to glory. The leadership change needs to happen first in order for all of the other changes to actually be relevant. New HC, New VP of Basketball Ops and Player Development. That, and a whole lot of Lottery Balls, should be priority #1.
Yes we have cap space, but LeBron ain't comin! Neither is Carmelo (we shouldn't want him anyway), neither is Bosh. There won't be a huge "splash" in free agency this year, and quite frankly, I'm glad. We shouldn't want any of those guys because they don't want us. Hopefully Pau is playing his way into higher trade value so that we can get some sort of a future building piece for him: Draft pick, young, athletic talent, bag of Dorito's, something? If Nash doesn't retire, we use the stretch provision on him over the summer to create even more cap space. Collect all the Lottery Balls we can and make the best pick possible, then we smartly attack free agency.
We have a few valuable, and cheap, assets on our roster now that will act as "fillers" and we should keep them. Depending on who we are fortunate enough to draft, we should build around them. There are quality free agents out there that aren't huge names but are valuable pieces that could fill valuable holes in our Swiss Cheese roster. Monroe, Hayward, Lowery, Ariza, James Jones, Sessions, and Aminu. I'm not suggesting we sign them all and I'm not even sure which one I would rather have over the other at this point in time. We need to change our leadership and make our draft selection first. Everything else revolves around that. Also, when we decide what FA's to begin to "WOO" we must do it intelligently because one Big Name Splash we could make next summer is Kevin Love. He wants to play in L.A. Duh! Go Get Him! No matter who we draft, Love could play with them and we would be the better for it.
I know it sucks. It hurts. It's unfortunate, but it is reality. We are still proud. We are Still Laker Nation, but we must embrace just ONE losing season in order to make a better future. Geeezzzz, what am I doing? Singing "We Are The World" or something?! None of us like losing, we're all spoiled, we NEVER lose. We must endure, we must find a way to preserver and we must trudge forward into the abyss of Jodie Meeks as our point guard. It's the only way to build our way back to glory. I swear Laker fans, as Magic is my witness, we will raise that trophy again!