Posted by stinenavy on 7/11/2014 7:47:00 PM (view original):
Posted by all3 on 11/25/2013 6:26:00 PM (view original):Ha!
Players want to play for the Lakers (and Celtics), for the same reason guys in other sports want to play for the Cowboys or the Yankees. They want to play for a storied franchise, that always has at least a shot of winning it all, while being in the spotlight. Do you think guys really grew-up saying "I want to be a Raptor.", or "Some day I want to play for Memphis."? For some players it's about winning, for others it's about money, but for some it's about the experience. Those players will always chose the Lakers, if the Lakers give them the chance.
Very well-thought out and informative post. If you're "Ha!"ing Lebron or Carmelo not coming, then you know nothing about the NBA, because there was just no reason for either of them to ever even consider it, yet they did. Even Gasol's decision is just common sense from a basketball point-of-view. If they Lakers sign and trade Gasol to Chicago for Boozer and something, I'd consider this a pretty good off-season for them. They get 2 legit NBA starters, with expiring contracts, and 2 picks / young players in exchange for nothing. Not the dream off-season some would have hoped for, but probably better than most thought would actually happen. Does it make them a contender? Not unless they suddenly get moved to the East, but it makes them better than last season, and sets them up better for the future. How many other teams did both of those this off-season?