Hey guys...I know we're supposed to try and stay positive, but as a diehard Lakers fan for 20+ years, I know a dead horse when I see/smell one...and this team is a flogged, beaten and stinky horse! I'm from close to the T.O. area and have seen many Raptors games, and how the Lakers lost to the Raps on Sunday...I knew their season was officially over.
After watching them tonight...and reading about all the bickering...this team has mailed it in. Anyone that can't see that, although loyal, is just plain blind! Howard is just too immature for this kind of scene (big stage of LA and NBA microscope), and Kobe isn't the team leader we all wish he was. D'antoni is too stubborn to commit to wholesale change of philosophy, and Jimmy Buss is just too stupid to see the writing on the wall. THE ONLY chance the Lakers had for a long playoff run with this roster after dumping Brown was to go with Phil...and the only other outside candidates would have been Brian Shaw or Jerry Sloan...guys that would either know the players/system (Shaw), or would command instant respect from vets (Sloan). Clowntoni has done neither.