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Los Angeles Lakers (16 time NBA Champions)

Discussion in 'Professional Basketball' started by ScriptOhio, Aug 29, 2016.

  1. NJ-Buckeye

    NJ-Buckeye They Hate Us cuz They Ain't Us.. Banners are good Staff Member

  2. buckeyemania11

    buckeyemania11 HATE, HATE, HATE, HATE!!! Former BPCFFB II Champ '18 Bowl Upset Contest Winner

    Before the season they were at least projected to make the playoffs. Completely missing them is a huge flop IMO.

    How big can things possibly get next year?

    They bring in maybe 1 other star?

    That makes them what a a 6-8 seed in the West?

    I think the list of people wanting to go to the Lakers with LeBron is also a lot shorter than most people think.
    ShowMeBuck and NorthCoastKid like this.
  3. AuTX Buckeye

    AuTX Buckeye Beam me up, Mr. Speaker. Yahoo Pickem Champ Former Game Champion

    has a Lebron team ever missed the playoffs... i dont think so so yea I agree that would be a flop
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  4. buckeyemania11

    buckeyemania11 HATE, HATE, HATE, HATE!!! Former BPCFFB II Champ '18 Bowl Upset Contest Winner

    The first 2 years of his career.

    He's taken much much worse Cavs teams to the playoffs in the past. The west now is a lot tougher than the east in that time, but to say them not making it at all isnt a flop is kind of ridiculous. Nobody expected them to win the title this year but they were at least expected to be better than this.
  5. NFBuck

    NFBuck Total Coverage.

    Part of the problem, much as it was with some of his less competitive Cavs teams is that they have a poorly contructed roster. Having LeBron makes Ball essentially redundant as a primary ball-handler. And Ball is a lousy scorer and shooter, so he adds little value. Like the Cavs, they've tried plugging other holes with bargain-bin vets like Stephenson, Rondo, Beasley, McGee and Caldwell-Pope. Another HUGE problem, and you saw it in their blowout loss last night, is that management (and LeBron) appear to have alienated their role players, and the promising young guys they have like Kuzma and Ingram. Why should they give a shit if it's getting leaked that LeBron and Magic are trying to trade them?

    LeBron is a great player, but he's proven time and again, he's not a very good teammate. He angles to get teammates traded and coaches fired, and has done so his entire career. To make matters worse, he's in his-mid-30s now and has been a very physical player his entire career. He's already missed significant time this season, and it's a safe bet that will occur pretty frequently going forward regardless of his conditioning. With the amount of playoff games he's played, he has the body of a guy in his late-30s. He's in his 16th year, but you can add the game equivalent of another 3-4 years from the playoffs. He's not gonna play 80 games a year anymore, and may struggle to get to 65-70. LA has a small window to get a ring with him and they probably need to add 2 more superstars to get in that realm.

    Good luck with that.
    JCOSU86, kujirakira, Robin159 and 3 others like this.
  6. NorthCoastKid

    NorthCoastKid Senior

    Considering the Lakers employ the best basketball player on Earth and over half the teams in each NBA conference make the postseason, I'd say them missing qualifies as fucking hilarious.
  7. Bucklion

    Bucklion Throwback Staff Member Former Premier League Champ

    Have to go with everyone on this, it’s ridiculous that a team with LBJ will likely miss the playoffs. If you look back at Jordan, 13 years in Chicago, 13 playoff appearances, and if you look at those early teams, the rosters make some of the Cavs teams look like the 92 Dream Team by comparison. They had a couple of zero time all-stars as their second and third best players.
  8. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    Being a buffoon isn't a new concept this "marketing wizard" just created.
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  9. buckeyemania11

    buckeyemania11 HATE, HATE, HATE, HATE!!! Former BPCFFB II Champ '18 Bowl Upset Contest Winner

    This is what I always bring up to the dingbat Lakers fan I work with.

    The window with LeBron is not very wide, considering his age and mileage. Even if 2/3 years down the line they end up with 2 other "stars" along side him, at that point it probably still doesnt get them over the hill in the West, unless all other teams around start steep declines.

    Next year it's likely not happening, unless they pull some trades that would essentially gut the rest of the roster and leave them reeling for cheap secondary players. Which isnt going to win them the title either.

    Though i'd find it comical if LeBron left the Lakers in a bigger crater than they were before they added him. Seems like that may end up being the case.
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  10. kujirakira

    kujirakira Senior

    And then quits because the team has aged, become complacent, and too much capspace invested in average guys.
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  11. buckeyemania11

    buckeyemania11 HATE, HATE, HATE, HATE!!! Former BPCFFB II Champ '18 Bowl Upset Contest Winner

    Enes Kanter signs with Portland over the Lakers.

    Everyones begging to play in LA :lol:
  12. CFPBuckeye

    CFPBuckeye Turned down a Harbaugh sleepover '17 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    They probably just want to make the playoffs.

    Lakers fanboys thought OMG Lakers!!1!11! plus OMG LeBron!1!1!1!11 equalled, well, it had to equal something, right? No.
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  13. Jake

    Jake They took the bar! ‘17 The Deuce Champ '18 The Deuce Champ Fantasy Baseball Champ

    LBJ going to the Lakers was more about his next career than his current one.

    As for PG, his team is going to the playoffs while Lonzo is shut down and LBJ is producing TV shows.
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  14. LordJeffBuck

    LordJeffBuck Illuminatus Emeritus Staff Member

  15. NJ-Buckeye

    NJ-Buckeye They Hate Us cuz They Ain't Us.. Banners are good Staff Member

    Wonder how Bron feels today

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