ORIGINAL: Bill Johanesen
I give up Phil..... Kahn wins! He has less invested!
OK, Love jousting aside, I think that encapsulates what I'm talking about. Going out and getting what you think will win championships, regardless of the cost and risk, is foreign to some. To many. And foreign to many crappy teams, which is fine with me!
It's a sad day when journalists and hacks get it but fans don't.
Here's the deal Phil. LA is expected to compete for the NBA Championship year in and year out. Regardless of luxury taxes, limited free agents, old rosters, a new CBA, blah, blah. There are no excuses. No reasons. No could haves or if only's. They might as well adopt Al Davis' motto, "Just Win Baby!" because that is the expectation.
And Jerry Buss has delivered. Jerry West has delivered. And Mitch Kupchak, the great North Carolina Tar Heel and 6th man in the Bullets championship in the mid-70s, has delivered.
So you go have a party and enjoy your fabricated 3rd party financial moral victory based on "investing less" in a player with one knee and some guy who probably has a Russian machine gun named after him.... because you don't get the winning mentality, attitude, expectations, demands, and pressure.
Bill I am not among those who think that the Lakers have made any bad moves this offseason. They have made good moves and should be in the running to win the whole thing next year. Any team with a front line of Gasol and Bynum should win a good number of their games. Now with Gasol and Howard and a still very good Steve Nash of course they are a title contender. All I am debating with you is that Love is an easily better player than Kobe right now. You are such a Kobe jock rider that you fail to see how little positive effect he has on winning basketball games. .The Wolves with Love, Pek and Kirilenko are going to have a solid front line. As of now we don't have any proven quality at SG and we are hoping for a strong comeback by Rubio. If Rubio comes back strong and Roy/Shved/Buddinger/Williams provide us some solid wing the play the Wolves could win 50 games this year. We are on the rise Hopefully. Last year with Rubio going down makes me feel snakebit like nothing will ever go right for our club.
No, I know Kobe is waning. I don't agree with you about Love vs. Kobe when considering the whole picture but whatever.