A Look Back: When Things Started Going Wrong For the Lakers

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Shepherd
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So, we're out of the playoffs again. 5th year in a row. I thought I'd take a look back to remind myself of their recent playoff history. Where things began to go wrong. And what went wrong then, to see if it pertained to now. https://www.deseretnews.com/top/1437/0/NBA-Playoffs-Lakers-have-only-m issed-the-playoffs-five-times-in-franchise-history.html Last time the Lakers were in the Finals was 2010. They won. The following season they were the 2 seed and were swept by Dallas in the 2nd round. The following season they were the 3 seed and lost to OKC in the 2nd round, almost swept (1-4). The following season, the last time they made....

SPQR
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Shep,

I don't need articles to say when it went bad in hindsight because I was right here saying it as it was happening when almost no fans except a precious few and zero people in the print and TV media could see where this was taking us. And I caught hell at the time for speaking the truth.

After the Lakers playoff losses to OKC and Dallas I said this team and Kobe would never win another title. That the team needed broken up and Kobe and Pau traded for picks.

And when Mitch went with that ridiculous win one more with Kobe strategy and all the ill considered and useless moves that followed, for years, this team was consigned to the long nightmare of becoming the equivalent of the Nba's Cleveland Browns.

And despite the good young talent we accrued now, we are still paying the price for that strategy and Mitch's subsequent incompetence.

Had Mitch seen what was very obvious after either of those playoff losses and acted as a good, smart GM should, the rebuild would have been much easier and quicker. Instead we got a nightmare that only stopped with Jeannies coup.

But history shows Mitch was never capable of being a good GM or a smart one.

By the way, the Hornet's just hired Mitch as a GM. Pity those fans for what's coming.

And I would advise Magic and Pelinka to try make as many deals with him as possible.

Shepherd
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SPQR wrote:
Shep,

I don't need articles to say when it went bad in hindsight because I was right here saying it as it was happening when almost no fans except a precious few and zero people in the print and TV media could see where this was taking us. And I caught hell at the time for speaking the truth.

After the Lakers playoff losses to OKC and Dallas I said this team and Kobe would never win another title. That the team needed broken up and Kobe and Pau traded for picks.

And when Mitch went with that ridiculous win one more with Kobe strategy and all the ill considered and useless moves that followed, for years, this team was consigned to the long nightmare of becoming the equivalent of the Nba's Cleveland Browns.

And despite the good young talent we accrued now, we are still paying the price for that strategy and Mitch's subsequent incompetence.

Had Mitch seen what was very obvious after either of those playoff losses and acted as a good, smart GM should, the rebuild would have been much easier and quicker. Instead we got a nightmare that only stopped with Jeannies coup.

But history shows Mitch was never capable of being a good GM or a smart one.

By they way, the Hornet's just hired Mitch as a GM. Pity those fans for what's coming.

And I would advise Magic and Pelinka to try make as many deals with him as possible.

Lol. I was thinking the same thing about that. Let's makes deals with Mitch. I bet he'd take Deng. Or should be forced to as it was his choice that sunk us. But hey, maybe he really believes in the guy. Let's call and find out. What's scary is he's not just the GM, but the President of B-ball Opps as well. One good thing, we won't have to worry about the Hornets being relevant anytime soon. One less threat to worry about.

I do remember you speaking out about the late Kobe era. I was another who warned of it and stood with you. Very few did, it's true. No one wanted to believe the end of the run had come. What we didn't know were some of the inside details of it, which that article pointed out. Was interesting.

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Shep that whole period just brings back so many bad memories for me.

Just watching Mitch trade pick after draft pick to pursue that crazy agenda he had just killed me. Our future was being flushed down the toilet for a pipe dream.

I go back a long way with this team. I started watching on those old, big C Band dishes for free. Every game. It was great. Showtime.

After they started scrambling the signals I gladly paid to watch them. Some great teams, good ones and bad ones in a few lean years. But I watched every game.

But it was Mitch that broke me. I became so sick and disenchanted at what he was doing and where you could see he was driving this team that I reached a point I never thought I would. I stopped buying the games and only watched on free TV because I finally made the decision to never pay for a Laker game again until Mitch was gone.

I can live with bad teams, that has to happen to any franchise eventually. You can't avoid it. But what I couldn't stomach was seeing a totally incompetent FO and GM just destroy the greatest franchise in NBA history because he held a job he had no business having yet kept his job, year after year, bad deal after bad deal. You could clearly see where the team was going under his direction and it did. It became a laughing stock and set records for losing and futility that were unimaginable for this franchise.

So until Mitch was fired I did stop paying to support him, his decisions and his salary.

And we will still pay one more huge installment on his stupidity in this year's draft, losing a high draft pick that we really do need.

As for dealing with him, bring it on! As you say, let's offer him his own acquisition Deng, you know, so Carolina gets a nice, veteran presence, lol.

Since Mitch couldn't move fast enough to trade two number ones and two number two's for 39 year old Nash i'm sure he would jump at Deng for the bargain price of a number one and a number two.

Shepherd
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SPQR wrote:
Shep that whole period just brings back so many bad memories for me....

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So until Mitch was fired I did stop paying to support him, his decisions and his salary.

And we will still pay one more huge installment on his stupidity in this year's draft, losing a high draft pick that we really do need.

As for dealing with him, bring it on! As you say, let's offer him his own acquisition Deng, you know, so Carolina gets a nice, veteran presence, lol.

Since Mitch couldn't move fast enough to trade two number ones and two number two's for 39 year old Nash i'm sure he would jump at Deng for the bargain price of a number one and a number two.

Sweeet, so I'll say, perhaps for one last time, tho now in a different context..."Do It Mitch!" LOL


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