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Lakers trying to trade Gasol, make big move, but no takers yet

Jun 27, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

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The Lakers need to make changes. Well, unless you think Kobe Bryant and the Lakers fan base sits well with second round exits. Los Angeles needs to bring in more talent to help them win now around Kobe, Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol.

The Lakers management also sees the looming luxury tax increase they would face if they don’t lower their payroll — last year they had $86 million in salary, paying a $16 million tax, but if this were 2015 that same payroll would lead to a $52 million tax. That would be in addition to their increased revenue sharing checks.

That is the crossroads the Lakers find themselves at — needing upgrades to win now but not having a lot of resources to bring in more talent, plus the cost of what they do bring in goes up exponentially in coming years. Rock, meet hard place.

The Lakers have been rumored to be talking to teams in the 20s about moving into the first round of the NBA Draft (there are a lot of teams shopping picks in that range). Which is nice. With a pick in the 20s they can get a guy that in a couple years may be a solid rotation player.

But we all know the Lakers need to make a bigger move — and they are open to it, but there are no nibbles tweets Marc Spears at Yahoo Sports.

The Lakers are very open to trade talk in regards to forward Pau Gasol, but nothing is imminent, according to two NBA sources.

If the Lakers make a bold move, don’t expect it to be around the draft. Owner Jim Buss said not to expect one at all, and maybe that’s the case. But more likely the Lakers are looking for a big move that is a win for them and being patient. They have always been a patient franchise (just with an impatient fan base). They will try to jump in the Dwight Howard sweepstakes when that ramps up again.

But they are not looking to give projects big minutes, which is why you shouldn’t be expected a draft-day move.

  1. loungefly74 - Jun 27, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    …I love my Lakers no matter what. 2nd rd exit, Championship, etc…doesn’t matter…I know this franchise is in it to win it. only a few teams can truly say that. We will regroup this year and come up with the best option possible. If it means moving Pau…then so be it.

  2. knightrider1755 - Jun 27, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    The Lakers are a winning franchise and will find away to get back to the top. No doubt. Although I am not a Lakers fan, I respect a great organization like theirs and their record speaks volumes.

    • 1historian - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:39 PM

      I respect them too but I still hate their guts.

      Trade Gasol to Boston for one of the Celts 2 1st round picks.

  3. lmoneyfresh - Jun 27, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Take Carlos Boozer…please.

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:19 PM

      Why don’t they just amnesty him? What’s the holdup?

      • lmoneyfresh - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:17 PM

        Better to hold him this year and maybe try to swing a trade when he only has 2 years left on his deal. I think the only reason to amnesty him this year would be if they really wanted to tank. He’s not as bad as people act, but his contract is just too much for his limited performance and attitude.

        This next year may very well be a throwaway depending on Rose’s recovery time and how he looks when he returns, so if the FO is looking to stay competitive, they need him. Also the Bulls FO is notoriously stingy with money, so I don’t see them wanting to pay him to go away.

        And FYI, I was being facetious about the lakers trading for him, I know its a stupid trade.

      • 00maltliquor - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:27 PM

        Sounds like your a Bulls fan. Hey, no one can blame you for trying to put it out there! Facetious or not. And I agree with you 100% on Boozer not being as bad as people make him out to be. I like him and think he is a good player. He’s jut making slightly too much for my taste though.

  4. paulhargis53 - Jun 27, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    You Laker fans may as well get used to the fact that with the new luxury tax etc. That as long as Kobe is making 30 mul a year, you’re team will be a 1st-.2nd round playoff exit team.
    Gone are the days when they can spend whatever they want.
    There arent going to be anymore sweetheart trades either, Stern put a stop to that b.s.
    You aren’t getting anything of equal value for Gasol. He’s on the wrong side of 30 making 19 mil a year. Wake the F up!
    The league has changed.
    Kobe retires with 5 rings. It will be awhile before the Lakers are relevant to the title picture again.
    You wanna win sooner? Unload Kobe while you can.

    • zacksdad - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:18 PM

      Stern put a stop to the only trade he could. Then he made a backroom deal with the Clippers to get more than they wanted to give by allowing them to have the “highest” bid for Billups. Boston and Cleveland had trades that were way more worse than the Gasol trade. I still believe that trade was great for both teams, Lakers won right away and the Grizzlies built a better team.

      Yes we are pretty screwed with the Kobe contract, but they will figure a way to get better. But they signed that contract before the newest CBA and have to live it out. And the only way to “unload” Kobe is to amnesty him which they will not do.

    • loungefly74 - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:36 PM

      thats an interesting view…

      but, yeah…i’m sure the Lakers know Kobe generates so much more $$$ than what his salary is. dumping the biggest marketable basketball player in the world is not an option. wake the F up.

      well…for the past 30 years since I’ve been a fan…they have been to 15 Finals. I’m still waiting for when the Lakers do not become relevant in the NBA. (hint…it’s not going to happen! I am wide awake and smiling and basking in the success my team has brought for 30 years) so…now…i’m supposed to pretend the sky is falling? don’t think so dude.

      the Lakers will continue to be perrenial contenders. end of story.

      • chuckj1234 - Jun 27, 2012 at 5:39 PM

        No matter what they do, they will be second best the the west. OKC is young and talented and will be that way for some time.

      • loungefly74 - Jun 28, 2012 at 8:18 AM

        oh…I love when the Lakers get challenged. seems like only the Spurs were able to stick it to them multiple times and get a ring. Dallas? nope…late 90’s Trailblazers? nope…early 2000’s Kings? nope…2000’s Suns? nope. I see OKC (as great as they are and are superb) as the latest buzz team. lets see how how long they sustain this. as the Finals showed, lets not make OKC already to be the greatest franchise ever…my stats show they have “0” rings.

      • progress2011 - Jun 28, 2012 at 12:33 AM

        FAN(ATICAL)s like maggott fly, crack me up !!!

        They make comments like ” MY TEAM ” as if they have a financial investment, stock holdings or part ownership….what a farce !!!

        kobe is past his prime ! As with all athletes, you are only as good as the last championship you won. There are ZERO additional championships in kobes future (unless he goes and plays with LBJ…..ahahahahahaha)
        kobe is a declining asset. As with all investments, the Buss family will be STOOPID to keep a depreciating asset, that they are paying top dollar for, on their books.

        If my estimates are correct, this should get about 50-70 tumbs down, from the disillusioned laker hopefuls, that troll this site. ……ahahaha

      • loungefly74 - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:55 AM

        progress…when people say “My team, My Lakers, My Heat, My etc…”…it is a term of endearment to the team they are rooting for…something you know nothing about as you have stated you have no team and are just a pathetic loser who has nothing better to do but hate on teams…so be it. i really care. your obsession with kobe is disturbing. i’m serious. no joke dude. i post on here to express opinion and read what others have to say but you have some serious issues (no joke dude…)

    • drunkenjunk - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:29 PM

      you never trade Kobe. He is this generations Jordan and the Lakers should really let him stay as long as he can play. Plus what Loungefly said about the $.

      • progress2011 - Jun 28, 2012 at 6:06 PM

        I agree you are drunk !

        I also agree….keep kobe as long as he can play. That just means your team will not be getting better, during that period ! Which works GREAT for 80% of all bball fans that dispise the Yankee approach they have historically employed, which is out spend everybody to BUY A CHIP !

        Now that the playing field has been leveled and it will be harder to PURCHASE CHIPS…Ya’ll gonna get ran outta the gym, like you did last year agains the Mavs and the early exit this year….ahahahaha

        But by all means and to the demise of the team and organization…keep the fake- Wanna-Be-Like-Mike Dude….ahahaha

      • drunkenjunk - Jul 2, 2012 at 12:46 PM

        I’m a Mavs fan. I just think he should stay there. I never liked seeing Jordan in a Wizards uni.

  5. edwardsro - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    The lakers should have sues the NBA last year when Stern vetoed the Paul trade.

    • progress2011 - Jun 28, 2012 at 6:09 PM

      Conversely,

      The league/ Stern should have sued the lakers for how they Purchased Pau, under the table.

      Which would have removed that 5th ring the lakers PURCHASED !

  6. 00maltliquor - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    I really don’t want to lose Pau but if we want to bring in young talent and drop payroll drastically…Houston is looking for a big and loves Gasol and have #14, #16 & #18. I’d take that in a heartbeat.

    • loungefly74 - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:40 PM

      oh boy Malt…I would too. it would be a huge gamble but it makes sense…the rockets covet Gasol…and to be honest, a player like that on that team could elevate them to serious contention for the title…no joke.

      • progress2011 - Jun 28, 2012 at 6:17 PM

        SOOOOooooo Maggot….If a player like Pau can elevate a team like Houston (your words) why can’t he continue to elevate the lakers !!!

        Could it be because he plays along side a friggin ball hawk, that NEVER comprehended the FUNDAMENTALS of the game…like pass it to the wide open 7 foot dude !

        The lakers can make all the trades they want ! Until they change the philosophy and get the ball outta the Harlem Globetrotters hands….I will enjoy seeing them walk off the court with their tails between their legs…..ahahahahaha !

      • loungefly74 - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:58 AM

        3 Finals trips in 5 years years is very good “elevation”, progess. again, your strange kobe obsession is blurring your reality. go see a doctor. (no joke. i think you need clinical help)

  7. bougin89 - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Just throwing this out there…Monta Ellis and whoever else you want(minus Brandon Jennings) for Gasol?

    Yeah, didn’t think so…

    • fm31970 - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      Gasol is not coming to Milwaukee, but Gasol to Houston for some picks would work for the Lakers.

      Kobe’s contract is the problem, and the Lakers know it. They have to re-sign Bynum and bide their time for two years until Bryant’s contract is off the books. Then, they will be able to build a great team, and maybe by then they will have developed a great player to play alongside Bynum.

      • Little Earthquake - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:25 PM

        C’mon, Milwaukee’s not that bad. It’s the LA of Wisconsin!

  8. newyorkfootballjets - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Spurs should go after pau , how about s. jackson, gary neal and dejaun blair, then lakers can dump a sf and blake.

  9. joshm5683 - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    As a huge Lakers fan it hurts me to say I have to agree that with the new luxury tax and Kobe’s contract it will be hard to win now……….that being said, I do think the Lakers are the one franchise that will spend what it needs to, to win and doesn’t care as much about the cost if it means another ring. The best franchises as well know when its time to cut ties with a star. I think Kobe is still great right now, but in 2 years when his contract is up, unless he takes a huge pay cut it may be time to say goodbye. I’m a big Kobe fan, but I am a Lakers fan 1st and Kobe fan 2nd

    • loungefly74 - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      I’m with you Josh…Lakers are priority #1. we will see what kind of player kobe will be in a couple years…i don’t see him leaving for another team for $$$. he will either retire or take a huge paycut.

      • pglive21 - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:26 PM

        There is approximately 0% chance that Kobe will retire when his contract his up. He wants to hold every scoring record he can by the time he retires, and that sure won’t happen if he retires at age 34.

  10. mrjune5th - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Hold up, he said the Lakers trade for Gasol was even because the Lakers were able to win right away and the Grizzles were able to build a better team. That’s beyond false! Jerry West gift wrapped Gasol, who was already a All Star, to the Lakers for Kwame Brown who is a certified bust and Javaris Crittenton who isn’t in the league anymore. That’s far from a even deal! Point blank, the only way LA will get away luxury tax issues is to dump Gasol in a trade or amnesty and the same for Kobe

  11. paulhargis53 - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Pau, for 3 1st round picks?! Good Lord are you foolish! Give up those and pay him 19 mil besides?!
    Listen, just because the Lakers ” for the last 30 years” have worked it out, doednt mean its go.na happen now. Get your freaking head out of the sand.
    The parameters have changed in the NBA landscape.
    What part of hard cap, huge luxury cap penalties don’t you get?
    That Grizzlie Laker trade was horrible for Memphis. Marc is a 14 and 8 player and he’s the only worthwhile piece they got.
    Look it up if you don’t believe me.
    Stern didn’t want the Hornets getting a bunch of past their prime players, that’s why the deal was nixed. No conspiracy.
    You may find this hard to grasp, but not everyone wants to play for the Lakers, or with Kobe. Billiups maybe wanted to stay away for good reasons.

    This is going to be fun to watch, the Lakers finally have to play on a level playing field with the rest of the teams.
    Let’s see how well that works out for them.

    • kerby720 - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:52 PM

      How exactly was the Gasol trade horrible for Memphis? Sure they didn’t exactly reap the benefits right away, but the trade allowed them to clear cap space. Cap space that they used to acquire Zach Randolph. So just taking a look at the main pieces/results of that trade, the Lakers got Pau Gasol and the Grizzlies got Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. That’s not a bad haul if you ask me.

    • tsi431 - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:22 PM

      If you think the Lakers are going to play on a level playing field, you are an idiot. They will pay the extra $50 million if need be. The had over 214 million in revenue last year. Took in over 96 million at the gate. Lakers aren’t going to have to worry about the tax for 3 years. By that time they can amnesty Gasol, which won’t happen, they will trade him for pics, and with expiring contracts have nothing to worry about.

    • mdterrapins - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:42 PM

      “What part of hard cap, huge luxury cap penalties don’t you get?”

      Apparently you don’t get it; the two are mutually exclusive. If it’s a hard cap you CAN’T go over it, but that’s not the case in the NBA. Teams have the option to go over the salary cap if they’re willing to pay the tax (definition of soft cap). The difference is going to be that the penalties will be stiffer than in the previous CBA.

      • Kurt Helin - Jun 29, 2012 at 7:10 PM

        There is a hard cap provision in the new CBA. It does not apply to the Lakers.

        But for the record, if you use an exception (mid-level, whatever) to become a tax payer you impose a one-season hard cap on yourself at $74 million.

    • camnellum12 - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:01 PM

      Thank you, Stern did the right thing by nixing that trade. As a Laker fan, I always found it annoying here how Stern is the “evil emperor” for not letting CP3 becoming a Laker. First off, even though the Hornets would have a lot of older players, they would’ve been the only team that came out better, the Rockets and Lakers would have been worse. And Chris Paul is the best PG in the NBA, but Bynum+Pau is much better than having CP3, we would’ve looked like the Warriors when Monta was in Oakland with Curry: a fun back court but no substance. Never go big for small, and most trades should include money, picks, and young prospects, which the 2nd Chris Paul deal had.

      • camnellum12 - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:01 PM

        *hearing how

    • loungefly74 - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:23 PM

      Gasol for 3 1st rd picks is just a thought. not saying its going to happen but ya never know…crazier things have been done.

      Yeah…still waiting on getting my head out of the sand…and the “Rapture” is happening this year because the televangelist said so (as he says every year)… my point…every year, i always hear someone say, “ah…things are different now (for whatever reason)! and the lakers are going down the tubes and into the land of sub-.500 seasons!” 30 years is a very long time…and they were good for a long time before that. History proves my point dude. not sure what else is to say about that. of course i expect bad seasons to happen every so often…but you see…i’m lucky, man. being a Laker fan is knowing my franchise competes every year…and the numbers show it.

      Just like players want to play for the Yankees, Ohio State, Patriots, Manchester United, etc….a lot of NBA stars will always covet playing for the Los Angeles Lakers.

  12. blackandbluedivision - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Deng for Gasol.

    • lmoneyfresh - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:20 PM

      That doesn’t solve anything for the bulls though. It just creates more of a logjam at PF. Now you have Gibson, Boozer and Gasol all fighting for PT. I know Gasol can play C too, but that’s a lot of money invested in 2 PFs.

      Throw in the fact that they would be screwed at the 3 without Deng and that trade just doesn’t make sense for the Bulls.

  13. soundsofsuccess7 - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    take a bag of funyuns for him. anything.

  14. foreverlsu - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Funny how all you stupid Laker fans complained about Stern nixing the Gasol – Chris Paul trade before the season. Now you can’t unload the guy for a bag of popcorn! Still think the lottery was fixed? Idiots!

  15. rodge1 - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    If Kobe cared about the Lakers he would rework his contract and take less money so they could add talent. But he doesn’t care that much and is ironically holding the Lakers back more each year as his skills go down and his pay goes up.

    • cdog0o7 - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:34 PM

      @Rodge1 – NBA players are not allowed to rework their contracts under the CBA. Nice try though.

    • rufe - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:33 PM

      He does care about the Lakers. But he signed a contract. The Lakers have to live up to there end too.

  16. weatherman5151 - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    If Kobe really wants to win now, sign a long term deal for less money per year. Then the Lakers can sign some good players. But we all know this won’t happen.

    • Kurt Helin - Jun 29, 2012 at 7:10 PM

      Kobe cannot alter his existing contract. NBA CBA rules prohibit it.

  17. paulhargis53 - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    if you think paying 52 million in luxury tax over and,above the salary cap, you’re a bigger idiot. You don’t run a business like that. The more over they spend the higher it goes. There are penalties for going over year after year.

    Whether you like it or not, the NBA is after what the NFL has, parity.
    These rules are in place to assure that.
    I’m sorry that your precious Lakers advantages are bring taken away, but the bs that franchise has been allowed to get away with has come to an end.
    No more bad trades that heavily favor them, teams,no ones lining up to trade them lottery picks, huge penalties for overspending.
    Get used to it. Get it through your thick skull, the glory days are over.

  18. paulhargis53 - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Gasol was traded in 07. Randolph came in 09. One had nothing to do with the other, but nice try.
    Cleared cap space to bring him in my ass.
    The pieces of the trade are the pieces. West gifted them Gasol, plain and simple.

  19. dysraw1 - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    this new cba. is doing what it was design to do. its really limits what the big city teams are able to do. with luxury tax as an overwhelming threat to big willy owners get scared to lay it on the line, there’s yacht money involved here

  20. rufe - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    All depends if Sterns commitment to getting Lebron a ring spills over into next year or not. Certainly Chris Paul going to the Lakers would have put a major damper on that. So we’ll have to wait and see what his agenda is this year.

  21. paulhargis53 - Jun 27, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    lounge:

    its all there in black and white with the new cba. If you choose to ignore FACTS, that’s your choice. You cannot go by history on this. The cba IS going to change the landscape of the league.

    Sadly, you DO have your head in the sand. You’re blindly thinking its going to be just like it was in the past, when others, based in reality knows it nit to be so.
    There will be no getting Magic or Worthy with a 1st rounder because someone made a dumb trade. There will be no Kareem or Gasol type trade, because Stern isnt allowing one sided trades anymore. There are huge taxes for going over the cap. I don’t care how much $ they have, paying 50 mil in luxury tax is not smart .or good business.
    Again, face facts.
    These idiotic trade scenarios for Gasol are laughable. 3 1st rounder for a 31 yr old making 19 mil? Gasol for J. Smith?
    Not happening. You Laker fans are spoiled for one, delusional for sure.

    • loungefly74 - Jun 28, 2012 at 8:32 AM

      well…we will agree to disagree. like i said, the new CBA is just the latest reason i hear the Lakers will become mediocre. I just don’t think so. I’ve been watching basketball for a long time and if you have been as well, you would know certain franchises have an inherent quality that makes them rise above the others. the Lakers have that.

      If going to 15 Finals the past 30 years means spoiled and delusional…HA! yeah, man…I’ll take it. BTW, how has your team fared the past 30 years?

  22. lakerluver - Jun 27, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    All you guys criticizing Kobe for accepting the contract the LAKERS GAVE HIM would’ve done exactly the same thing if you were in his shoes. The Buss family didn’t win all those titles and become rich by being stupid. I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess they knew this day was coming when they gave Kobe that contract. The LAKERS will be fine! I have the utmost faith in the ownership. I guess an average of a title almost every 3 years over the last 30 gives me a reason for thinking that way.

    • progress2011 - Jun 28, 2012 at 12:51 AM

      Well FANATICAL luver….

      the demographics of the league have now changed. The lakers were the Yankees of bball. They out spent everybody else. Well, now there is a stiff penalty for that. So, lets see if they can attract the talent they previously attracted, now that it is a more level playing field, implemented by the new CBA.

      Please understand, players didn’t go to the lakers, as you would like to believe, because they simply LOVED the lakers. They went there because the lakers had the money to pay them more than other teams could ever offer.

      Now let’s see how many premier players are willing to take less money to play along side the Ball Hawk/ Harlem Globetrotter/ And1 / Jack-Up artist.

  23. progress2011 - Jun 28, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    Trade Gasol to the HEAT ….to play with LBJ !!! Lebron has ” FUNDAMENTAL” basketball skills and understands, how to:
    1. Set up an offense
    2. Distribute the ball/ provide assists to guys that can’t get their own shot
    3. Distribute the ball to a skilled 7 footer that often has an advantage in the post as opposed to jacking up ill advised shots….tryin to be like Mike !

    I can GUARANTEE you, LBJ’s prediction of – Not 2, 3,4,5,6,7 will come true, with a skilled 7 footer in the post, like Gasol.

    The fact that the Harlem Globe Trotter dude/ #24 / Fake M.J. wanna-be can’t play alongside the likes of Gasol, clearly define his lack of bball knowledge and define the reason why he has only won ONE MVP of the NBA !

  24. paulhargis53 - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    My team is irrelevant. But suffice it to say, they have a handful of titles in the last 30 years. If I name any team, I will be labled a hater, which is simply not the case. I don’t hate teams, I detest ignorant fans of said teams.
    Again, you are talking about history? How do you make it through a day being this dumb, honestly?
    This cba has teeth to it. Player movement is going to be more restricted than ever. The money lost by moving in fa is not worth it. As seen with the horrible Paul trade to the Lakers, Stern is nit allowing crap like that to go on. It’s detrimental to the league. The parameters have changed. How do you not get that?
    Sterns goal is to have a star on every team. He’s actually said that. Parity has come to the NBA, you need to understand that.
    You keep harping about the last 30 years.
    Things have changed, rules have changed. You aren’t getting anything of greater value for Gasol. The idea that you’d get 3 1st rounders is laughable.
    He’s 32, his salary is astronomical. It’s nit feasible. You’re team is going to have to take a crap contract back in return. You’re team is at the salary cap. Your bench sucks. Yet Buss and Kupchak are going to pull off a mega deal because the team always had in the past, w/ o any of the restrictions that are in place now?
    You’re being foolish.
    Agree to disagree? I think not. You are being a willfully ignorant homer about this and you aren’t facing the realities of today’s NBA. I’m positive the Lakers go to battle with about the same talent level, more likely a little worse from last year.
    Kobes stupid contract has them hand cuffed. Knowing that a cba fight was coming, that was a horrid contract to hand out. Just plain dumb. They are paying for it now. Kobe stalls out at 5 rings.

    • loungefly74 - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:19 AM

      no paul…get it staight…you are a hater. no need to beat aroung the bush…
      yeah…i’m talking history. why not? do you think once the season begins, what has happened in the past does not matter? it does. Legacies are huge in sports.
      stalls out at 5 rings? you say that like having 5 rings is bad…
      yeah, man…”parameters have changed”…whatever…if you are suggesting the Lakers will become like the Kings, Bucks, Raptors…you’re wrong. been hearing it for years. and that is what you guys do…you say “oohhh okay, fine you won a couple rings BUT this year you lost!!! hahaha!” ummm yeah, did you forget the fact that we won a couple rings recently? and that it is impossible to win it every year? that our overall track record is pretty darn good? jesus…how stupid can you be?
      30 years…paul…is how long i’ve been watching NBA. i’m letting you know i’m not a “johnny-come-lately”…that i have endured for years guys like you who spew out filth…but you know what? i don’t care. this is a site to post opnions. i disagree with yours, that’s all. (i believe your hatred clouds your thinking but whatever). if someone like you told me 15 years ago the Lakers were irrelevant, they would have been wrong. I have been very happy and pround what the Lakers have done. no other team can say they have done as well during my time of being a fan. I except and hope for their continued success.

    • loungefly74 - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:24 AM

      oh…why is your team irrelevant? isn’t expressing your own team’s success/failures a big part in sports? oh wait…thats right…youre insane and spend your time critcizing to excess of other teams.
      how the heck do you operate on a day-to-day basis with all that anger? (dude…get help. actually, maybe you and progress can get some 2-for-1 deal)

  25. progress2011 - Jun 28, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Paul,

    I’m only allowed to give you 1 thumbs up. I’d give you more if I could….ahahahaha!!!

    I’ve been telling the uninformed, disillusioned laker fans “the facts” for years now. They think with their emotion as opposed to verifiable logic.

    There are between 50-70 of them that troll this site. So, we both will get thumbed down….they do that as if it really means the facts are not real…..ahahahaha

    Great post

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