Ok, I have been a Laker fan since before many of you were born. No franchise can be expected to be on top all of the time, but this has always been a well-run franchise. When Magic unexpectedly came down with HIV, that caught the Lakers off-guard, and they had an extended down-cycle. Even during that time-period though, they found good players like "Sedale Threat" and Anthony Peeler, who still made one proud to be a Laker fan.
After losing to Dallas in our venture for another three-peat, this franchise was on the verge of making some excellent moves to re-position ourselves. The trade to get Chris Paul was genius, as was the move to get Dwight for Bynum. Now we got screwed out of the Chris Paul deal, but after that, it's like this franchise has completely self-destructed. These are the repeated, unexplainable, extraordinary failures that have taken place since that time-point:
1) Having a team consisting of Kobe, Dwight and Pau, the opportunity to go with Phil or Brian Shaw and the triangle, and instead going with Mike Antoni who doesn't value big men, posting, or any of the strengths that this roster had. This roster was geared for big and slow, and they hire a coach who likes small and fast. WTF?
2) Acquiring Nash for multiple 1st round picks and a huge salary at 39 years old. The CBA was already done, so you knew that salary-cap was going to be an obstacle, yet you lock up a bunch of money on this guy at 39 years old. WTF?
3) After a disaster season and Dwight is unhappy, you can either bring back Phil in order to keep Dwight, or at the very least you can TRADE Dwight to get something in return. At the time there was talk that the Clippers were considering trading Blake Griffin AND Eric Bledsoe for Dwight. In hindsight, just getting Blake Griffin seems like an erotic explosion. Instead of trading Dwight for a young talent like this, or maybe a few draft picks that you lost with the Nash trade, you allow him to just walk out the door for nothing. WTF?
4) You lose Dwight, and this team is obviously too old and needs to get younger and more athletic. You have Pau as still a very valuable asset. Instead of trading Pau to get a young player and or draft picks, you hold onto him and eventually let him walk for nothing. WTF?
5) You're in a downward spiral, and it's time to decide what to do with Kobe. Instead of trading him or discussing a future plan with him that might include him taking a deal that would enable us to bring him help (ala Dirk Novitski) to try to pursue that sixth ring, you give him 24 million dollars after him missing an entire season and suffering two catastrophic injuries, thereby tying up your cap for the next two years, and basically trapping yourself into a straight-jacket. WFT?
In addition, you have the choice to "do it yourself", or allow the fiance of the co-owner (who also happens to be the greatest coach of all-time, and maybe the greatest mind in basketball history) to become part of the franchise. You not only don't allow him in, but you watch the New York Knicks court him and eventually bring him aboard. Now, not only did you lose out on him, but you just enabled the one other big stage city to become viable again. WTF?
The one thing that is NOT their doing (but is still disastrous), is the laughing stock of the league who shares your same city and arena has now become viable and a contender, with the ousting of D. Sterling.
All of these "wtf" moves have done TREMENDOUS damage to the franchise. Yes we have a great history... but what does our future look like? To me, it looks like nothing I've ever seen before as a Laker fan. It almost looks like purposeful sabotage has been done, starting with the nullified Chris Paul trade.