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ESPN Forecast Panel Ranks Lakers As The 16th Best Front Office In The NBA

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The Los Angeles Lakers are at the beginning of a potentially extensive rebuilding process. The storied franchise will have a high pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, multiple contracts coming off the books and a considerable amount of cap space at their disposal.

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Unfortunately, the 2013-14 NBA season has been brutal for this franchise to say the least. Injuries have ripped this team apart with Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol and countless others going down throughout the season.

With the Lakers dealing with one of their worst seasons in franchise history, ESPN’s #NBAfrontofficerank has not been favorable for the 16-time NBA champions.

According to ESPN’s #NBArank for management, the Lakers have the 16th best front office in the NBA behind historically bad front offices like the Brooklyn Nets (No. 15), Los Angeles Clippers (No. 14) and the Toronto Raptors (No. 13):

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For the past couple of seasons, the ESPN Forecast panel consists of more than 200 members who possess vast NBA experience, knowledge, and perspective. While they have usually ranked players and teams in the off-season, this is the first time they have ranked management. The members of the panel were asked to rate every owner, basketball decision-maker and coach on a scale of 0 to 10.

With the Lakers on the cusp of potentially major changes in the off-season, this ranking could change at this point next season. The team will make some moves this summer with a potential game-changer with the high draft pick and or trades that might be in the works.

It’ll be interesting to see how things pan out for the Lakers in the off-season with so much on the line in terms of the future of the franchise. Mitch Kupchak and company will have the tools at their disposal in order to rebuild quickly and plan to do so.
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  • Gullgot

    Jim Buss is a mentally challenged retard so he is the 30th worst owner in the NBA.And Mitch Kupchak is a top 10 GM and they somehow end up at number 16.Lakers Nation we are in for rough sailing ahead this team is run poorly.Screw Jim Short Buss and his lack of basketball knowledge.GTFO Jimbo!

    • lakerfan0

      Jim makes Mitch look dumb with his dumbass moves.

  • lakerfan0

    I still don’t really care about ESPN’s rankings, I believe the front office will be able to turn things around this summer, and I hope for a better future. #mitchissharp #thefinalchapter

  • TheTruthKills

    2/48 alone should land them lower on the list. This offseason outlook is looking scarier as we get closer. Worse case we get the #8 pick and no one wants to play with Kobe. As long as Jim is still involved with basketball decisions things will only get worse.

  • ra

    This is a ‘glass half full’ statement. Glass 1/2 empty would be ’16th worst’.

    ESPN tend to be “Laker haters”, so we’ll take that worth a grain.

    In the meantime, FO does what they can with what they got, and they don’t have much. What the FO does have is the “Lakers brand”. It is carrying them through this difficult time. BUT, if they don’t uphold the brand, then they will have trouble with the Lakers future.

    Since they are in the ‘post Jerry Buss’ era, there is no measuring stick other than their dad’s legacy. If they don’t measure up, too bad for them, and too bad for us.

  • vdogg

    if they keep d’antoni, i would drop the lakers all the way down to 30.

  • Danny Carmona

    How is a FO who pulled off a trade for cp3 for a pau that hasn’t been the same and an odom that completely vanished only to be nixed by the league and pulling off a trade for Dwight Howard for a Bynum that was being held together by ducktape and also landing Steve Nash for what was projected to be pretty meaningless picks idk why everyone gives Jim a hard time man his only real mistake was not hiring Phil and even then I don’t think he was the right guy for that team but that’s why I’m not a gm

    • Chrmngblly

      You must be from out of town.

      How would someone in JB’s position NOT know the league would have final say on the CP3 deal that went so badly?

      Who thinks Mike Brown was a great hire? Who thought firing him was cleanly done?

      How could someone bungle the Howard trade and let D12 walk out the door for nothing when Phil was saying “yes” at the time? Then they hired MDA but didn’t even mention it or talk to Jeanie? If they had hired Phil, Howard would have stayed. Why didn’t they trade Howard at the deadline when they could have? He was shaky as a leaf in the breeze. Not trading him was a risk the franchise will long regret JB taking. Is this quality management to you?

      Who thinks Nash’s contract was a good deal for the team? Sure, this is all hind-sight, now, but that is what management is supposed to do. JB is not well respected in NBA circles. That’s just a fact.

      • Danny carmona

        We all knew that but the thing is the deal we have them was better at the time for the pelicans but I guess the other deal landed them the brow
        Hiring mike brown was not a bad choice IMO
        But the front office didn’t mind taking the risk of letting Dwight walk because they would rather have the cap space they have now not to mention nobody was really going to trade him if they didn’t know if he was going to commit
        And come on u can’t say the thought of having pau and Dwight in the pick n roll with Steve Nash the best pick n roll player in the game wasn’t attractive? Can u ?
        Like I said Jim only real mistake was how he handled the whole Phil situation
        But even then Phil was asking for a lot so even that is understandable
        All I’m saying is the guy doesn’t deserve all the criticism he’s getting let’s see what he does with this next big offseason n 2015 then we can really judge him

        • Chrmngblly

          JB is a substandard loser of a human being who is not well respected within the NBA and is only employed because his daddy left him that job in his will and his sister pities him too much to cut his nuts off. He is an embarrassment as an owner and will keep us from landing some top free agents. He’s a punk.

  • Joseph Apohen

    I think the panel was generous to rank the Lakers management 16th.

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