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NBA Playoffs Rd 1: (2) San Antonio Spurs vs. (7) Los Angeles Lakers


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  1. 1. Who will win?

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If you amnesty a player I dont think you can sign him for a year. How big are Buss' balls?

That is correct 1 year. Reports are he won't be game ready until after the all-star break. Why force the come back when you can take an entire year off?

As i mentioned, Kobe will make more money off endorsements taking a season off. He frees up cap space for 2014-2015 season and possibly* makes room for other elite super stars.

I just don't see any other way around this mess that Jim Buss has created.

And to answer your question, he has small balls.

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What if - and this is a big 'if' - in 2014 LeBron James opts out of his contract with Miami and he signs with the Lakers?

Combine LeBron James and Dwight Howard at the heart of the team and that could be a dynamic duo for the Lakers going forwards. All they'd need to do is make sure they have talent surrounding them. That's one way to quickly replace Kobe if he retires at the end of 2014, replace him with LeBron.

Doubtful LeBron would opt out to sign with the Lakers. Why would he leave a place like Miami and a basketball mind like Riles to go to a rebuilding project like the Lakers will be? IHe and Dwight don't get along great, and LeBron is obsessed with BRANDING. Usually players go to the Lakers to enhance their brand. LeBron really doesnt need that. The stage and the lights come to him no matter where he goes. If he played for the Twolves, they would sell a lot of jerseys and get nationally televised games, so going to the Lakers really doesnt help him the way it helps say a Kevin Love or a Brandon Jennings. Guys who play in small markets and can enhance their brands and chances for winning by going to a big market. I expect LeBron, Bosh, & Wade to once again TAKE LESS MONEY to stay together in 2014.

IMO, one of the reasons he went to Miami is because it was a bigger and more glamorous market than Cleveland, but it had very little history. As an expansion, they won 1 title, but weren't really CONTENDERS at that time, and technically, Miami is NOT a big market like NY or LA or even Chi. I think thats kinda what attracted him there, the chance to build his own legacy and create his own history with a team. He's not gonna have that playing for historic franchises like the Lakers, the Celtics, or even the Bulls.

If the Lakers were smart, they would be looking at the young PGs of the league like B Jennings (who is from Compton) or a Kyrie Irving.

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Doubtful LeBron would opt out to sign with the Lakers. Why would he leave a place like Miami and a basketball mind like Riles to go to a rebuilding project like the Lakers will be? IHe and Dwight don't get along great, and LeBron is obsessed with BRANDING. Usually players go to the Lakers to enhance their brand. LeBron really doesnt need that. The stage and the lights come to him no matter where he goes. If he played for the Twolves, they would sell a lot of jerseys and get nationally televised games, so going to the Lakers really doesnt help him the way it helps say a Kevin Love or a Brandon Jennings. Guys who play in small markets and can enhance their brands and chances for winning by going to a big market. I expect LeBron, Bosh, & Wade to once again TAKE LESS MONEY to stay together in 2014.

IMO, one of the reasons he went to Miami is because it was a bigger and more glamorous market than Cleveland, but it had very little history. As an expansion, they won 1 title, but weren't really CONTENDERS at that time, and technically, Miami is NOT a big market like NY or LA or even Chi. I think thats kinda what attracted him there, the chance to build his own legacy and create his own history with a team. He's not gonna have that playing for historic franchises like the Lakers, the Celtics, or even the Bulls.

If the Lakers were smart, they would be looking at the young PGs of the league like B Jennings (who is from Compton) or a Kyrie Irving.

Fair point. I do think that if LeBron stays in Miami he could establish a legacy for himself there like Jordan did in Chicago. If all goes well they could end up winning a number of championships under the big three if all goes well. This year they should land their second, and they will be favorites in 2014 as well and beyond unless something changes the landscape. So I do agree with you that LeBron can establish his legacy with Miami; but at the same time, if by 2014 he has won three rings, then he might decide to go and join another team.

There's a chance he might want to go back to Cleveland to bring a championship to them. I mean, by 2014 he'll have at least one ring if not three. So he might go back to form a dynamic duo with Kyrie Iriving, or form part of a big three if Cleveland land another superstar talent either in the draft or free agency. It might be a fitting way to end his career if he brought home at least one championship to Cleveland.

I do feel that the Lakers might appeal to him because he could make a lot of money. If the guy already has up to 3 rings by the end of the 2014 season, then he might decide to go for money. Kobe is set to earn $30 million from the Lakers excluding endorsements and his brand. If Kobe retired/was amnestied, then signing LeBron in 2014 would fill a huge void for the Lakers, and in turn that could potentially be LeBron's best (last?) chance to sign a monster deal from a team that will be desperate to sign a player of his calibre. Also, factor in joining one of the biggest markets and that would help boost LeBron's brand and endorsements. He might never end up on their top five players of all time list, but he could certainly earn himself a lot of money by joining them.

However, I do agree with you that the Lakers should target some young star players like Jennings, Iriving or Wall if they are available at the right price. With a star PG and the best center in the league they could form a very solid base to build their next great team. But I still think that they will pursue LeBron if he opts out, and if he does, I wouldn't be shocked to see him go for the most money.

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LA should amnesty Kobe, that would IMMEDIATELY give them a ton of cap space. And its not like people wont wanna play for the Lakers. I dont think they have the balls to though. He sells a lot of jerseys for them and is their main draw into Staples. Take that away and fans will be hot. But at some point LA is gonna have to REBUILD. There's no easy outs or fixes anymore. Its basically like the 90's again when Jerry West as GM had to construct the Lakers again when Magic & Worthy retired.

I think the Lakers should amnesty Kobe. No way he is ready to perform at his MVP level at the start of next season. Doesn't save them as much cap space as it does the millions in Luxury tax they face however.

And KT, I know you're dying for the Lakers to REBUILD but you know that's not how they operate. At least in conventional terms. PSC our resident hater/troll clings to the one year the Lake Show didn't make the Playoffs the last couple of decades because well, that's all he's got.

Howard will be re-signed, Pau, Metta and Co will be history and the Purple and Gold will reload with all that cap space in 2014 and contend once again.

Doubtful anyone contends with Lebron and Durant's dominance for a couple years though. They're simply too good and this is their time.

Doesn't mean a team can't be competitive though.

Enjoy.

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Announcers just pointed out the bullshyt between the way the game is called on Howard vs on the other end.

2 games in a row now....

NBA is a joke at times.

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Well Lake Show, Southern Cali residents, Laker fans, looks like you've come to the end of the road. Spurs maulin yall in Staples right now.

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Oh yeah, pretty sad the ref ran D12 for that, not that it makes a difference.

fans come to see players, not refs.

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Well Lake Show, Southern Cali residents, Laker fans, looks like you've come to the end of the road. Spurs maulin yall in Staples right now.

It's been an interesting season to say the least.

What did Morris just get teed for?

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LMAO@Kobe deciding to make a cameo soon as Dwight gets tossed.

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LMAO@Kobe deciding to make a cameo soon as Dwight gets tossed.

Might be the last time the Lakers fans have a chance to acknowledge Kobe while he's still a Laker.

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LA aint amnestying Kobe. Laker fans would riot, it'd be Rodney King all over out there. Kupchek and Jimmy boy aint got the balls to do that.

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LA aint amnestying Kobe. Laker fans would riot, it'd be Rodney King all over out there. Kupchek and Jimmy boy aint got the balls to do that.

Most likely not.

But you just heard the 80 million luxury tax number they're looking at .

Kobe is not going to be ready to play by October. If they amnesty him they pay him 30 million to rehab a year. Then he decides where to play, LA or otherwise.

Pau is going to be traded, D12, either he signs early no BS or he's gone and the Lakers have his cap number.

Either way inside a year the Laker roster will be completely different.

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