Friday, November 21, 2014

How the Mighty have Fallen..

The Los Angeles Lakers were once a proud team. Their history contains names like James Worthy, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul Jabber, and Kobe Bryant all of whom are in the Hall of Fame or Hall of Fame bound in Kobe's case. Today's Lakers are relying on "Swaggy P" who's Swaggy P you may be wondering he's a 7 year player out of the University of Southern California who's real name is Nick Young (where he got the "P" from I have no idea). The Lakers haven't had the same string of success that they enjoyed under former owner Jerry Buss during the current ownership of his son Jim Buss who hasn't shown the same value for winning that his father once had. It's a more depressing version of what's going on in the Bronx with the Steinbrenner ownership group.

While yes no team's stretch of success lasts forever these Lakers are running the chance of becoming the clowns of the Association and the once proud name of the Lakers will not be worth as much as they did before. It didn't help that the Lakers drove out Dwight Howard who could've been the next star in purple n gold. Whether that be because Dwight Howard wasn't made to play in LA or because Kobe didn't make the necessary overtures to Howard to actually get him in the fold or maybe the Lakers should've waited for Howard to be healthy. Whatever the case may be the Lakers lost out on a star player which rarely happened back in the Jerry Buss times. While the Clippers have become the bigger draw at the Staples Center the Lakers have become the little brother so to speak. I'm not asking for a change in ownership (yet), but for now the Lakers name is going to be dependent on Swaggy P and the usual shot happy Kobe.

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