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Quote of the Day: Bogut shakes head at Lakers riches

Sep 21, 2012, 1:37 PM EDT

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“The rich get richer. That’s generally how it is in the NBA. Grown accustomed to it the last five-six years. The rich get richer and the poor have to kind of scrounge and find other role players to fill it in. That’s kind of the way it is.”

—Golden State center Andrew Bogut talking about the Lakers acquisitions of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash this summer (via the San Jose Mercury News).

He speaks for a lot of fans here. And plenty of people working in the NBA, too.

  1. crtzinc - Sep 21, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    I do not agree with this. This is not the New York Yankees where they spent whatever cash on Free Agents. Lakers essentially were able to acquire Dwight because they DRAFTED Bynum, and were only able to get Nash because of that Odom trade exception. If the statement read the rich find a way to get richer I would be more agreeable to that.

  2. progress2011 - Sep 21, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    For this reason, I have always pulled for the underdog. I typically take the David vs Goliath approach. I will never support the Yankees, lakers etc. etc.

    • teambringitstrong - Sep 21, 2012 at 6:14 PM

      So since to the rest of the world, America is Goliath are you saying you pull for other countries vs America? Are you a terrorist sympathizer? Unpatriotic or just have an inferiority complex?

      • progress2011 - Sep 23, 2012 at 3:08 AM

        Dude….you’re a friggin Retard. This is a sports blog !

        As a Military Vet, I find your comments very inappropriate.

        Go play in the street, during rush hour.

    • progress2011 - Sep 23, 2012 at 7:01 PM

      ahahahaha….as of 23 Sep, my comment about ” never supporting elitist teams such as the Dallas Cowboys, Yankees and The FAKERS” has gotten me 63 thumbs down!


      I guess the 50+ Faker fans that patrol this site, called their Faker buddies and as they passed the tissue around, drying each others tears, they decided to show me, how upset they are by giving me thumbs down.

      My feelings are hurt…ahahahahahaha….NOT !

      But the fact remains, no matter how much you attempt to purchase a championship, OKC, The Clippers and San Antonio are gonna hand you your LUNCH.

      The Fakers are the 4th best team in the west, simply because you have no bench play and kobe, nash and metta are past their prime !

      Deal with it.

  3. money2long - Sep 21, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    the rich getting richer is not always entirely true. if that were the case, rebuilding projects would never work.

    • jjordannba - Sep 21, 2012 at 4:14 PM

      Well when’s the last time the Lakers have had to rebuild

      • money2long - Sep 21, 2012 at 6:49 PM

        what is that question inquiring into? clarify

      • moseskkim - Sep 21, 2012 at 8:19 PM

        Smush Parker, Luke Walton, Chris mihm/kwame brown starters? I call that rebuilding. And the one lottery pick they got was Bynum so they drafted well.

  4. dasportsninja - Sep 21, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    I know people don’t wanna hear this, but that’s how it supposed to be. if we had more of this in the real world we wouldn’t have so many losers collecting welfare checks.

  5. alltimelaker - Sep 21, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    This is precisely the loser, excuse-making, conformist mentality that has been responsible for the pervasiveness of inferior organizations in the NBA. These organizations and their players are always quick to point the finger and shift the responsibility away from themselves. This rhetoric about rich teams and big markets is getting so tiresome because it’s never supported by FACTS.

    Ok, so I’m supposing big money = big market right? Ok, let’s take a look at the dominance of these evil big market teams. When was the last time the New York Knicks were relevant? I can’t remember. How long were the Celtics a mediocre team before they got it together in ’08? I’m gonna say about 20 years! Have the Bulls won any rings since the Jordan era? How much money did they shell out for Derrick Rose? Oh yeah, they drafted him. How about the Clippers? How much time went by before anyone even knew who they were? I’m not even gonna touch that one.

    The “luck” of the Lakers is not because they are rich and getting richer. It is because they are a superior organization with an indefatigable commitment to excellence. They take risks when everyone else plays it safe. THAT is how you succeed in business. The true definition of luck is, “Preparation meets opportunity.” You don’t cry or complain and wait for handouts. You want a good team and strong brand? Rebuild your front office. It starts and ends with the front office! You need to be a rich team or be in a big market to do this? Go to OKC or San Antonio and cry about how these big market bullies are keeping you down.

    It comes down to this. It is always easier to blame someone else for your problems or lack of opportunity. Look in the mirror Bogut. Your opinion says more about you than it says about the Lakers’ “riches.” Your problem is YOU!

    • cramsinned - Sep 21, 2012 at 7:54 PM

      Lakers is like OKC plus Knicks organization. They do well in drafts plus they had the money to sign high profile players. First when they drafted Magic, then kobe, then Bynum.

      • cramsinned - Sep 21, 2012 at 7:55 PM

        That’s why lakers is more successful than knicks even though both are big market team.

    • 00maltliquor - Sep 21, 2012 at 8:42 PM

      BRAVO alltimelaker!!

    • manchestermiracle - Sep 22, 2012 at 1:42 AM

      Good points, alltime, and kudos for the use of indefatigable. Methinks Bogus, er, I mean Bogut, is just not looking forward to facing Howard in the Pacific division. Kurt thinks he’s speaking for a lot of fans and players, but my impression is that they know it isn’t that simplistic. Naturally the L.A. market is attractive to players, but it certainly is true that organizational skill counts for a lot.

      • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Sep 22, 2012 at 9:49 AM

        Your honor, for the crime against organizational skills, I present Exhibit A: The New York Knicks

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Sep 22, 2012 at 9:47 AM

      Well said, dude. Well said.

      Why blame the Lakers FOR DOING THEIR JOB RIGHT?

    • ocgunslinger - Sep 23, 2012 at 11:38 AM

      Well said and I’m in total agreement.

  6. eugenesaxe - Sep 21, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    The rich wouldn’t get richer if other teams didn’t bend over backwards to help them. Getting Nash for nothing? ORL screwing themselves in that debacle of a trade? You can’t blame LA for taking advantage of others’ stupidity. Despite being miles over the cap, they were legally able to add to HoFers.

    • eugenesaxe - Sep 21, 2012 at 9:21 PM


  7. magicbucs - Sep 22, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Lakers didn’t draft Kobe. The hornets did then traded him to LA.

    All you laker fans are going to be disappointed about Dwight. Maybe not now but wait. He already said he’s not sure about resigning with LA and he’s going to wait til after the season to make up his mind. Bahahaha!

    • mrbryannt - Sep 22, 2012 at 12:03 PM

      False the lakers told the hornets who to draft, so essentially they did draft him, clearly your just a laker hater so buzz off

    • eugenesaxe - Sep 22, 2012 at 8:25 PM

      He’s not going anywhere. He can’t get the big contract anywhere else, he can’t get the endorsements anywhere else but NY, and he can’t attention-whore anywhere else but NY. And I don’t see Mitch pulling an Orlando and trading him for crap.

  8. magicbucs - Sep 22, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Hey LA remember you weren’t Dwight’s 1st or 2nd choice….3rd and he still didn’t really wanted to go there. It was either LA or Houston that he was going to go to. He chose LA as most would. He’s not going to stay in LA after this season. Count on that.

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Sep 22, 2012 at 11:39 AM

      Not if he gets to join the Lakers parade next June…

      But yes, I wouldn’t be surprised if he leaves. Likely if he doesn’t get a ring in LA this season.

  9. GymAlien - Sep 24, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    In my opinion it’s not about that (rich get richer) at all. Look at what the Clippers have done. Look at what the Thunder have done! I’m saying that there is Talent in the front office of those clubs now. Look at the huge difference in the team the Clippers created since Dunleavy and (the cursed one) Baylor moved on. Same owner with the same philosophy; but now they have “Talent” as exposed in the way they make trades and the finished product.
    Clearly the Lakers have had Talent in the front office for decades. We weren’t quite sure when Jerry West left things in the hands of his protege (but we should have known better than think he’d leave us in the dark).. Do they have more money because they win or do they win because they have more money? I say they win because they are winners. And because they win they have more money to spend.

    GymAlien said so.

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