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.