Letters: Lakers fans lament latest purple-and-gold dilemma
On the one hand, it’s a no-brainer for the Lakers to acquire the services and skills of “player” Kyrie Irving. As one of the premier point guards in the NBA, the combination of Irving, LeBron James and Anthony Davis is daunting. Should this super trifecta give the Lakers a deep playoff run and possibly another title?
However, the “person” Kyrie Irving comes with a lot of luggage and a bad “reputation”. Unfortunately, if there is a Headcase Award, it wins it every year!
The best-case scenario would be if James and coach Darvin Ham can keep this “predictably unpredictable” individual in check while the player “delivers the goods” … at least for the remainder of the season and playoffs.
Therein lies her dilemma.
Will Jeanie Buss strip the team of its remaining first-round picks and give tens of millions of dollars to a player who’s great on the court but not reliable?
Is Kyrie Irving willing to keep his mouth shut and defend his remorse while assuring his good behavior by accepting an incentivized contract and conditions he must meet in order to make his money?
This is where the rubber meets the road. What do you say, Jeanie Buss?
It’s ridiculous that the Lakers would load manage against the Nets and give that game away when every loss puts them closer to missing the playoffs. Of course, Anthony Davis suffered from blah blah blah and LeBron James had an ongoing case of yada yada yada. How stupid does management think we are?
Can someone explain to me why the top two Lakers Superstars sit out a crucial game against the Brooklyn Nets? First, it’s not fair to the Brooklyn fans who come to see them play. Second, Anthony Davis (I guess he’s still considered a superstar) is sitting out after playing two games since coming back from, yes, another injury. Third, is LeBron rushing to make sure he breaks that all-time NBA scoring record at home? I thought the reason the Lakers played basketball was to make the playoffs and fight for an NBA championship. Based on the above, they certainly don’t convince me that they care about winning.
As I watched the end of the Lakers-Celtics game last Saturday, I was sadly reminded of the main reason I stopped caring about the NBA a while ago: their incompetent and obviously biased administration. While it may sometimes be excusable for a referee to miss a borderline foul on a quick break, there was absolutely nothing borderline about the blatant foul on LeBron James at the end of the rule.
Douglas F. Galanter
LeBron James’ tantrum after the umpires missed a foul call is the most theatrical thing James has done since the ill-fated “Space Jam” sequel. He acted like a spoiled teenager.
https://www.latimes.com/sports/story/2023-02-04/la-times-sports-letters-lakers-lebron-james-anthony-davis Letters: Lakers fans lament latest purple-and-gold dilemma