Going into the 2015 Free Agent period the Los Angeles Lakers looked to make noise after striking out the last couple times around. Ever since former owner, Dr.Jerry Buss’ unfortunate passing, the Lakers have failed to sign a big name during Free Agency. Armed with $22.6 to $26.2 million dollars in cap space, the Lakers sought out to add some veteran front court players to balance out a guard heavy rotation. Big names like LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love, Marc Gasol, and DeAndre Jordan were the cream of the crop. As Free Agency came and went LA failed to land any of the top-tier talent they desperately craved. Was it the pressure of playing in a big market that caused potential Free agents not to sign? Was it Kobe Bryant’s fault? I pondered many possibilities but once I had a chance to digest everything, it became clear to me that they were simply doing it the Laker way.
The Lakers are just doing what they have done through out their storied history, drafting well and making timely trades. Shaquille O’Neal being the most famous FA signing in Laker history is an exception to how most of the championship teams in franchise history were built. Major trades for players like Pau Gasol and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to name a few, were pivotal to adding banners to hang from the rafters at Staples Center. Not to mention when you draft future all time greats like Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson you have cornerstones to build on for years to come. They are sticking to the plan that has brought them success for many years and no one in Laker Land should panic.
I get that Laker fans are used to winning, 16 NBA titles will do that. But Laker Nation should pump the brakes on the criticism on GM Mitch Kupchak and owner Jim Buss. With the explosion in social media it’s hard not be the joke of the day on Twitter. With the mediocre run they’ve been on recently on the court, it’s somewhere they’re all too familiar with.
That being said, the Lakers secret formula has produced consistent results for MANY decades and I see no need to change it. They went away from their fascination of dominant centers and drafted D’Angelo Russell instead of Jahlil Okafor, which shows they’ve adapted to the current NBA game.
Even though the last three years have been rough on everybody involved with the organization the future seems bright. Patience is key when it comes to rebuilding anything in life, this included. The Lakers are following the game plan passed down from decade to decade and they seem to be on the cusp of getting back to the top. You know, the Laker way.