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Well, this is awkward. Or at least it might be for some of you. Some of you might recognize my name. Others will simply read that sentence and assume I’m pompous. Neither one is wrong. Regardless, as someone that spent many sleepless nights on this site in a previous life, it’s fun to spend some of my current one on it, too. Now that the strange “wait, you again?” part of the article is over, let’s get to what you care about.

I’ve had a lot of people ask me about the Lakers and the future. In this town a lot of people want a quick answer, a fast and easy solution to a very difficult question. For Los Angeles, the NBA season is generally viewed as championship or bust. So when the team doesn’t appear to have a championship-caliber roster, it’s hard to compromise and realize that lesser goals are necessary to accept.

So here’s where we go from here.

In the movie Rounders, poker renaissance man Matt Damon talks about keeping yourself out of trouble at the table by folding a hand you know doesn’t have a chance. “Throw away your cards the moment you know they can’t win,” the narrator (Damon) tells the viewer. Live to play another hand. Fight another day. Pick your cliche. This is the line I’ve referenced to the Laker fans that have tried to figure out just what to make of this current team and this upcoming season.

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Mitch-1The Lakers do not have a championship roster. I don’t think that’s an outlandish thing to say. I believe if you asked Mitch Kupchak, Jimmy Buss, or any of the other Laker brass they would tell you the same thing. Building a championship-level team is a long, difficult process – the Lakers have just done a damn good job of making it look easy for the past 60 years. The point is, the Lakers don’t have a team that can win it all this season. And, in a town that demands titles, that means the season will be considered a disappointment. So, if you’re the Lakers, you fold the hand and start working towards the next one. The one that you know will win the pot. In Los Angeles, it’s championship or bust, so the second you know that a title isn’t in the works for this season, begin building for the next championship.

That brings me to my main point here.

In 2014, the credo for the Lakers and the main point of emphasis should be one thing; develop Julius Randle (and Ryan Kelly/Jordan Clarkson).

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from Spurs (and trust me we’ve learned a lot more than one thing) it’s that home grown, developed talent is a very useful thing. This hasn’t always been something the Lakers have looked to as the core of their success, but there’s no doubt that even when the team was winning championships, they did it with a collection of acquired free agents as well as home grown guys that they knew fit their system. When the team went on their run from 2000-02, they had key role players like Devean George, Derek Fisher and Tyronn Lue. Even though those aren’t names that jump out on a stat sheet, each contributed at key points throughout those years and helped the team become champions.

The point here is that not every player on a championship roster is a superstar. While having those superstar players is important, there are many pieces in a title-winning puzzle. While the Lakers wait on the cornerstone pieces, presumably to be filled later, they can still work towards their next title by making sure some of the smaller pieces are there when those bigger assets come along at a later date.
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Daniel is the former Editor-in-Chief of LakersNation. He has also written for SLAM, ESPN and other various publications. Follow Daniel on Twitter @danielbuergeLA

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    • LakerSpartan117

      Well he single-handedly destroyed the Pacers so….

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      I am not a fan of Even Turner, so, I don’t care… and i think, not many cares if he goes to the celtics.

  • Badazztj12

    I think fans are doubting the Lakers this season. Last year we won 27 with loads of injuries and a bad coach. This year we have a chance to be healthy and get a good coach. The thing we can pass on from last season is chemistry. The guys last year loved playing with each other. We got most of the same guys from last year. If we can pull it together and cut these injuries, we can win 40+ games. If Kobe somewhere goes off, we can win 50+

    • Andy

      I was thinking the same exact thing.

    • kookiebuger

      You said it the Lakers won 27 games last year with a different coach and a different system. How will they play in this new system? It’s unclear at the moment and we don’t know how Kobe will play plus can Kobe single-handley lead the Lakers to the playoffs at this stage of his career?

      • Badazztj12

        Why you think its taking 3 meetings to hire Byron Scott. I an sure the Fo is discussing the type of system for these players we have and for future players. Kobe is 100% which is always good. A team that has chemistry can do some things which is always good.(even in the West) We seen that last year but they didnt have a defensive mind set who can lead them (ever heard of defense wins championships). This sqad has lots of Vets and Young players. Dont be surprise when we make the playoffs

        • kookiebuger

          Scotts coaching record is 210-399 and lead the Cavs to a 26 game losing streak, most of his success was based on elite point guards (Kidd,CP3). Kobe is a human being just like the rest of us can he stay healthy and play at a high level will be a question mark until we see him play. Outside of Hill,Davis,Henry,and Wes this team isn’t that great defensively and lacks size like last year. The 2nd go to scorer on this team is a question mark, will it be Lin,Boozer, or Randle? Making the playoffs in the West doesn’t sound that easy when the Suns didn’t make it with 48 wins and the other borderline playoff teams improving (Pelicans,Nuggets,Mavs).

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            We were not small last year… we actually had size… just wasn’t used properly.

          • kookiebuger

            Fair point, Mike D’Antoni doesn’t know how to use big men in the post.

          • Badazztj12

            That doesnt mean he cant change his system. You saying that he will just keep the same kind style he used in the past. Coaches can adjust to there type of roster they have. Mike D even had to install a post system for Kobe,Dwight and Gasol. Never said they were great but anything happen with great Vets Kobe/Nash/Boozer and great young role players Lin/Randle/Clarkson/Henry/Hill/Ed Davis. Many players on this team can play multiple positions. Scott is a experience coach, he will adjust. He even knows our weakness and strengths(TimeWarnerCable) Wouldnt be taking this long if we trying to know if he is the right coach. I am not gonna lie…..I did wanted Hollins though

          • kookiebuger

            From what I have read about Scott worries me, the first time he got fired was because he lost the locker room from his demanding and grating system, the the second time he lost them with their lack of confidence in his ability to devise in-game strategies.

          • kookiebuger

            http://www(dot)silverscreenandroll(dot)com/2010/6/27/1540100/byron-scott-would-not-be-a-decent

            Here is a link to the rest of the article with quotes from players who played with him in the past.

          • lkrpwr

            to put it bluntly HE SUCKS

  • Daniel

    I completely agreed with the piece. I am willing to wait for a better future. In any case, it will be refreshing to see young guys like Randle and Clarkson to develop. I also think that Lin will do a great job.

    • Badazztj12

      I am hoping Lin can be our future pg. Best pg ever since Sessions so far

      • LakerSpartan117

        I’m hoping for the same.. he is a very intelligent player, and is pretty big so his defense can improve.

        • Badazztj12

          He has foot speed and is a smart defender. He gives the matchup enough space to use his foot speed get around screens and sometimes finds passing lanes. Fans want to see all in your grill defending. His defense is good

          • LakerSpartan117

            Agreed, but I feel he can improve on his court awareness. Sometimes I see that he takes his eyes off his assignment for too long and allows an easy backdoor pass when he’s guarding off ball. He and BigBaby Howard used to yell at each other for never communicating on defense

          • wangkon936

            End to end speed is excellent. Lateral (side to side) quickness is a concern.

          • Badazztj12

            I am sure he will learn with a defensive coach. His last two coaches were nothing but offensive coaches

        • Daniel

          I think Lin has been very much discriminated his entire carrear, just because he is Asian. He s much better PG than many in the league, and the guy has the best work ethic. He had to work his ass off every step of the way, just to prove everybody wrong. I would recommend his documentary. Being the best player in California, single handed won the state champion in high school, only Harvard gave him a scholarship.

          • LakerSpartan117

            Ok… why are you telling me this? I’m not bashing Lin, I really like him as a player and hopefully as our future PG.

          • daniel

            I am just adding to the comments, I am with you, just adding more opinion

          • Al Haldie

            Where do you come up with all this, discriminated his entire carrear.., don’t get this CRAP started

          • tumbler

            Dude makes $14.9 million per year.
            You can’t be serious about the discrimination thing.

  • LakerSpartan117

    Really? I didn’t know that the 2014 season was all about the future???? LOL..

    Anyway I believe every year that we can compete, and as long as Kobe and the boys compete hard every game and show heart. It will be a win for me.

    The future is looking bright for the Lakers: Randle, Clarkson, Lin, Henry, Young, Hill, Davis, and Kelly can all be grown into quality players for years to come. A healthy Kobe, who I’m beginning to get the feeling will sign another contract after his current one expires (HELL YEAH!!), will give his best. A large amount of cap space for the coming years!

    We didn’t need to land the “marque” or big name free agents for me to be proud of our Lakers, and proud to be a Laker fan.

    Lakers4ever bros!!

    • joshhh

      wow ur a die hard laker fan sometimes u just have to accept defeat which u never doo

      • LakerSpartan117

        Defeat? Why would I accept something that isn’t true? Dumb..

        • joshhh

          there’s winning with u think we could go out and get anybody literally anybody even f**** d league players and ur still gonna talk about how this team could surprise people and all that crrap just stfu

          • LakerSpartan117

            HAHAHAHAHA!!!! Hey guys! We got ourselves another TROLL!!!

            TROLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

          • Andy

            That guy is a moron, he commented a lot of BS on other articles too, don’t even bother.

          • LakerSpartan117

            Oh ok thanks for the tip man. :)

      • Al Haldie

        If the team we have plays their
        hearts out every game I call it a win – no matter what the outcome is – I never turn the TV off…

        • joshhh

          i respect that but u do need talent a lot of talent

    • Badazztj12

      We gonna have 30+ cap space next year. Our future is looking brighter

      • LakerSpartan117

        Damn straight brotha

      • wangkon936

        Actually, about $33M. $24M if we exercise a few options, but it will be enough for a max player and maybe a mid level guy in 2015.

        • Badazztj12

          Most likely we exercise Hill option. 9 year deal with a team option? I dont think Lakers will be keeping that

          • wangkon936

            Resign him for a more market sane $5M/per year after 2014 season.

          • Badazztj12

            Thats a nice price. Plus we still have his birdrights. Anything can happen this year. Ed may beat him to that contract

      • Redemption Rain

        On the furture yes, But you’re WAY too optimistic about 2014. Calling it right now 32 to 36 wins next season, if Kobe stays healthy full year and continues to play like he did in 2013 then add in 10 more wins.

    • mike

      If I think about it, he made a 2 year contract and in 2 years there the new tv deals.

      • Badazztj12

        Exactly thats why Lebron did the same thing

  • Spade

    I’m sure everyone has accepted the rebuild by now.

    • Badazztj12

      You really think we rebuilding…..

      • Spade

        You think we aren’t?

        • joshhh

          these people never want to admit defeat they always think we have shot it’s unbelievable

          • Badazztj12

            When did you become a fan the Lakers?

          • Spade

            Don’t mind Badazztj12. Like most of us he’s used to the Lakers competing at all times. It can be hard to accept the realities of a rebuild. I’m just accepting it now to deal with the coming season.

          • Badazztj12

            I want you to watch this season then and watch how you are wrong I am guessing you didnt read my comment below. You want me to copy and paste it?

          • Spade

            Which comment? The one where you replied to Josh and called him a bandwagon fan for not agreeing with you (LakersNation 101)?

          • Badazztj12

            Its clear that you didnt read my message I replied YOU…..check your message box

          • Spade

            I still don’t see anything. Maybe Disqus didn’t post it or something. Just copy and paste it.

          • Badazztj12

            I was replying to your “You think we aren’t”

            Oh you mean for 1 or 2 years because we will have cap space next and year after whiling have Randle and Clarkson. This year you should even say rebuild. Its like “keep fans happy year”. Last year: full of injuries with no star we won 27 games. The roster was also nothing but young unexperienced guys also. Oh yea and we had Mike D/ This year we have experienced players. Kobe right now is 100%. Guys from last year that loved playing with each other which will make for another great bench. We have a chance to get a defensive old school coach. Tell me how we rebuilding?

          • Spade

            Oh okay. I replied to that 30 minutes ago.

          • Okaaay

            Like you, I have also taken a realistic approach to this season and look forward to cheering on the team and watching the younger players continue to develop while enjoying whatever Kobe has left to offer. The odds were always stacked against us with regards to being able to sign Carmelo and LeBron.

          • Spade

            That’s all I’m trying to say. I’m not out here trying to hurt anyone’s feelings. Having realistic expectations doesn’t make you any less of a fan then the next person. But that line of thinking seems to be very contagious on this site.

          • Okaaay

            “You don’t agree with me and you’re introducing logic. You’re not a real Laker fan!”

            That’s the sense that I get around here.

          • Matt Williams

            Will you please go the fuck away!!

        • Badazztj12

          Oh you mean for 1 or 2 years because we will have cap space next and year after whiling have Randle and Clarkson. This year you should even say rebuild. Its like “keep fans happy year”. Last year: full of injuries with no star we won 27 games. The roster was also nothing but young unexperienced guys also. Oh yea and we had Mike D/ This year we have experienced players. Kobe right now is 100%. Guys from last year that loved playing with each other which will make for another great bench. We have a chance to get a defensive old school coach. Tell me how we rebuilding?

          • joshhh

            wow ur a die hard laker fan I respect that u represent ur team no matter what but were in the west that means 50 games at least get it through ur head buddy

          • Badazztj12

            Um… I am speaking of behave of Spade because he thinks we are rebuilding. We are still competeing believe it or not

          • Redemption Rain

            What are we competing for in 2014?

          • Badazztj12

            playoffs

          • Badazztj12

            By the way most or all guys on this team are die hard Laker fans that believe in there team. Or you could one of them bandwagons fans that just start cheering when we do good?

          • Spade

            If this summer taught us anything it’s that cap space is empty money until it’s actually spent on a player. So that cap space you brought up is irrelevant until the Lakers actually land someone. You of all people should have learned that lesson. Currently we’re in NBA purgatory. Our roster isn’t good enough to compete for championships and the team refuses to tank. In that position you’re either rebuilding or standing still in mediocrity. So which is it for you?

          • Badazztj12

            Most teams this year signed guys to 4 to 3 year deals. They wont have the money for max contracts next year. We are willing and able I never said we were going to the championship this year. You saying that we cant even compete to go the playoffs

      • okaaay

        Yes, the Lakers are rebuilding.

      • Al Haldie

        We are adding good young players for the yrs to come…

  • wangkon936

    We Lakers fans are spoiled rotten.

  • Thomas Klein

    Except for Nash, who will be gone next year, Boozer, who also will be gone next year, and Kobe who has two more years, EVERY player on the roster is under 29, and most are under 25. The best potential players are 19 and 22 and 21. We have a 1st round draft pick in 2015 ( Houston’s) and a 2nd round pick (Clippers) plus if we are as bad as every one says we will be, we could have a top 5 pick, since our traded 1st round pick is top 5 protected. With a top 5 lottery pick, and a mid 20′s pick, plus a late 2nd rounder, added to Randle, Clarkson and Kelly, we should be in good shape.

    • wangkon936

      If Kobe remains health for most of the season, we won’t be a 5 lottery pick.

    • Nore

      If Kobe stays healthy, we won’t be getting that top 5 pick. The Lakers pretty much locked up mediocrity with the Boozer addition.

      • Thomas Klein

        same people were saying we were going to be good last year, Crap happens, including injuries.

        • Nore

          Not this guy. I was fully on the tank for Wiggins train.

        • joshhh

          cuz the west was less tough nobody knew the suns would break out lik that no one knew the trail blazers were gonna start the season like 23-4 or something lik that they were lik thebest team in the west in the begiinng

      • Spade

        The worst place you can be is not contending, but not tanking. NBA purgatory.

      • wangkon936

        Yes, but at least Phoenix won’t get pick 6-15.

    • joshhh

      if we were in the east we would probably have better shot but this year the east vastly improved there’s more competition im not saying it’s like the westt is even to the west but they did improved but if we were in the east I’d say like 40 wins 5th maybe 4th

    • Badazztj12

      Nash – 9 million
      Hill team option(most likely getting decline) – 9 million
      Lin – 8 million
      Boozer – 3.5 million
      Wesley – 1 million
      X – 1 million
      Sacre – 1 million
      Thats 32.5 million next year + with the cap increases next year
      Houston first round pick next year, (that we stole) and now they dont have a bench
      Randle and Clarkson future players
      Our future is looking damn good

      • Nore

        As long as you’re willing to be patient. Superstars aren’t going to come running to play with Randle and Clarkson. Not to mention next offseason doesn’t have the caliber of FA’s we saw this year.

        • Nore

          And if this year proved anything, it’s that just being the Lakers is no longer good enough.

          • Thomas Klein

            I don’t think so, it proved that there was only a couple of Franchise level Free Agents and they were already decided in where they were going. Might not be the case in 2015.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            It is good enough for me….

        • wangkon936

          Lakers fans have so little patience.

          • Nore

            They better be because we’re looking at possibly another post Magic/Kareem era.

        • Badazztj12

          Rondo – (Marcus Smart may be there future pg). They are going through a long rebuild. He may be looking for a big contract and not looking to rebuild being 28 years old
          Asik – defensive C. Something havent had in a while. Still young and we could get on a decent contract
          Derozen – Max maybe looking for a max. Raptors may wont have money. What if Derozen looking for money? Look what happen with Melo
          Marc Gasol – There team is getting old and still have no shooters. They seem to be forgetting there biggest problem and miss out on winning a championship again.
          Love – May not get traded and looking for money next year. Remember Lebron is still looking for a max also. They cant sign 3 players to a max. Cavs already have Kyrie on max deal
          Jimmy Butler – Young defensive SF and getting better on offense. Bulls wont have enough money next because they signed Gasol with that deal this year.

      • Thomas Klein

        Boozer is 3.5 million, but he counts as 16.3 million, thats how they treat amnesty players, and THAT is why the Lakers claimed him off Amnesty, it had NOTHING to do with them WANTING Boozer, people need to learn the rules of the CBA before they judge the moves, some of the sports writers didn’t even pick this up, instead getting their panties in a knot about potential playing time for Randle etc. Randle will get plenty of playing time, even if Boozer has to be a bench warmer like he was in Chicago, the main thing we wanted was 16 million more in maneuvering room.

        • Nore

          Boozer only counts for 3.25 for us, while Chicago foots the rest of the bill (not against their cap).

          • Thomas Klein

            We only PAY him 3.25 million

          • Nore

            Yes, that’s what we pay him, and that’s what is counted against our cap. Chicago pays him the remaining 13 million on his contract, at no cost to their cap. We don’t clear his 16 million at the end of the season, just the 3.25.

        • Badazztj12

          Dude its 3.5 million. Get yo facts straight

  • Thomas Klein

    Ever notice how people think, other teams developing players are always better than OUR developing players no matter what, people are dissing Clarkson and he hasn’t played a single NBA game, there writing Randle off as not good enough to attract a F/A, These are the same people who weren’t too hot on Ariza when he was with us, and now wanted him back in the worst way. They have NO VISION, absolutely none, and still try to pass them selves off as knowing more than a GM. It’s almost comical.

    • Daniel

      Not everyone. I think Randle will be a great player, he has it all, even the attitude, we just need to develop him. In the summer league, the guy never had a practice, he was out of shape after 3 months of not playing, what did they expect? Clarkson, a very good surprise. Ryan Kelly, without a training camp (remember he was injured) he played really well at the end of the season. So there is some good potential players.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      you deserve 10 ups from me….

  • Truth B Told

    Personally…I think the Lakers are gonna surprise a lot of NaySayers this coming season……The Warriors, Suns and Grizzlies and to some extent the Spurs have shown you do not have to have a pool of All Star talent…..Mamba and Co. ready to go.

  • kookiebuger

    In terms of rebuilding the best thing the Lakers can do is try to get their pick back and hope the Rockets miss the playoffs.

    • courtney harris

      Actually the rockets need to make the playoffs or they may get their pick back

      • kookiebuger

        It’s unprotected wherever it lands it’s going to the Lakers.

        • courtney harris

          hmph thats good news. #tankRockets #please

  • numb1lakefan

    dont forget lakers have the best bench in the nba and dont forget kobe is back fully healthy i smell a championship this year

    • Redemption Rain

      Young and Kelly are good, but remember we lost Meeks, Farmer, and Bazemore.

      • wangkon936

        … and gained Boozer, Lin, Davis and Kobe (via better health, hopefully).

        • Redemption Rain

          Boozer is a outcast from the Bulls, don’t think the Lakers have any intention of keep him, Lin is ok, Davis ummm he is unproven and so I can’t judge him base on his Grizzle’s season. As for Kobe we all hope he is ready and playing like he did in 2013

          • Okaaay

            The Lakers are actually stuck with Boozer for the 2014-2015 season. Trading a player claimed through amnesty is not legal under the current CBA rules.

          • Redemption Rain

            Dam……how much did we sign him for and how long are we keeping him?

          • Joey Torres

            3.25 millions and one year.

      • incendy

        The bench was at its best early in the season last year. That lineup was Farmar, Henry, Young, Hill and Sacre. For the most part that lineup will be back this year except we are replacing Farmar with Lin and Clarkson. And Hill will start so Randle will take his spot. Still will be a very nice bench, offensively anyhow.

    • Zef

      are you high?

  • Matt Williams

    Who here thinks the OKC Thunder will win a championship next year? Who here thinks that the Clippers will finally cross that hurdle called the second round? Who here believes in the Rockets or the Warriors? The west seems deep but lets face it. Lakers have a battle just as much as everyone else.

  • Swaggy C

    If I were to bet on a team from the West, I still have to give it up to the Spurs and a close second of Dallas. The Clippers may have added Farmar and Hawes, but to me they still are a 2nd round exit team. The Rockets lose Lin and Parsons, and couldn’t get Bosh. They added Ariza, but loss key guys in Lin and Parsons. OKC didn’t add anything, and are a digression from last season. So if anything, I would say the east pretty much did most of the wheeling and dealing. The Cavs went from zero to hero with a talented roster, but it still remains to see what happens, the Wizards loss Ariza but added Pierce, the Heat still kept Bosh and Wade and added Deng, and the Bulls added Pau. I’m not saying the West is weak, but I think overall it digressed from last year. To me I think it goes Spurs, Dallas, OKC, Clippers, Warriors, Portland, Rockets, and the 8th spot is open

  • kb24

    lakers get get the most of their current roster with 50 wins and beaten by okc in finals game 7 ,worst case will be last yr.
    DREAM CASE,LAKERS WILL TRADE FOR LOVE OR RONDO MAKE A CHAMPIONSHIP RUN AND FACE THE BULLS OR CAVS IN THE FINALS AND WIN THE CHAPIONSHIP IN GAME 7 WHERE KOBE GETS 124PTS 10REB. 24AST 11STLS 10 BLKS AND 0 TO

    • wangkon936

      … and this is your brain on drugs.

      Any questions?

  • Lakers4Life

    Too bad there won’t be anything to develop as we’re looking to get rid of Randle and Nash for Bledsoe. It’s ok though as any overrated player will be gone in a few years anyway.

  • CORKY CARROLL

    One or two pieces and a coach short at the moment. Any team with Kobe can compete, the other pieces and coach might well determine how far we can go this year. DON’T COUNT US OUT

  • Lakers Developmental Team

    The Lakers have no idea how to rebuild.Perfect example paying Kobe Bryant $48.5 million over 2 years.Keeping Steve Nash and his $10 million dollars.Signing Carlos Boozer to a contract.Those 3 players should not be on a rebuilding Lakers team they are better off on a contender or retiring.

    The Lakers are not good the roster is a bottom feeder roster and Mitch and Jim could have saved around $35 million dollars by letting Kobe,Nash,Boozer pick other teams or just let them retire.No need to try to compete when you just don’t have the talent or coaching to compete.It reminds me of the old Lakers when James Worthy and Byron Scott hung on too long to the Lakers Purple and Gold when the Lakers were in a major rebuild with Vlade Divac and Elden Campbell they kept hanging on then in 1993 Worthy left to make room for the real rebuild of Eddie Jones and Nick Van Excel also Anthony Peeler and George Lynch,Tony Smith,Sedale Threat.Kobe is not going to be happy if things fall apart and the Lakers can’t win very many games.Why deal with Kobe being unhappy when you could have saved that money and tanked for the #1 pick?

    Lakers are going nowhere with this roster.Get Eric Bledsoe then maybe we can talk.Talent is bad defensively on the Lakers and Byron Scott is a bad defensive coach basing off his Cleveland stint he was at the bottom check the team stats all 3 years for Cavs they were bad on defense with Byron Scott.Lakers no playoffs but they have players to develop in Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson maybe even Xavier Henry and Ryan Kelly,Sacre can be developed further.

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  • Joey

    Thanks for wasting my time and teaching me nothing, I appreciate it.

  • ATL Lakers Fan

    I agree with you completely. The Lakers management must learn to allow the talent they have to mature instead of getting rid of them in hopes of getting someone better now; no one wants to play with an injured and aged Kobe Bryant now. I think we will do better this year than most people are expecting.

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