Agree. W+A is very wrong in his assessment. The front office decisions are to blame for the quick decline in the Lakers. Nash was a terrible deal in hindsight and Dwight was a bad fit but it turns out he is a bad fit most places. They also have the worst coach in the league which is another front office issue. Does Kobe deserve to be the highest paid player in the league these last 2 years, absolutely not. Were the Lakers profitable on that deal? You bet they were.quote:Originally posted by Lakersguy:quote:Originally posted by wine+art:quote:Originally posted by TPEwinedrinker:
73 wins- really thought it was a record that could not be broken. An unbelievable accomplishment.
The Warriors made the regular season so much fun this year. Their season and the unselfishness of stars like Tim and Dirk late in their careers provided the perfect balance to Kobe ( embarrassing season) dragging the Lakers down the last three years to the worst seasons in the history of the franchise including their time in Minneapolis.
Kobe had nothing to do with "dragging" the Lakers down for the past three years. Signing a broken Steve Nash and a bad back Dwight Howard gambling it could work and bring another championship to LA. It didn't work with either of those guys and Kobe got hurt every year. The other glaring reason is the team signs guys that can't play defense as subs.
It was a great way to finish out a great career. The Jazz helped a lot by not playing D but it was still a fun way to see him go out. I would not trade these last 20 years of Kobe for anyone else in his generation including Dirk, Duncan, even LBJ. It's been a great ride.