Sometimes folks, the rich are rich because they are smarter, because they are more aggressive and because they are more shrewd. It’s not always because their dad handed them a billion dollars – 92% of American millionaires grew up in the middle class, sorry if it doesn’t fit your narrative. Steve Nash took less to be a Laker, Antawn Jamison took less to be a Laker – they didn’t go out and buy Dwight Howard, they rolled the dice and took a risk! He can potentially leave them in a year. The Lakers didn’t create the weather nor did they build the beach – it was there when they came via Minneapolis. The Lakers are simply smarter than most teams – yes they’ve got great weather, but do you know what? If you’re a stockbroker and live in Milwaukee, dude Chicago is an hour away, move and be a playa! You’ll never be one in Milwaukee, don’t blame finance! Milwaukee, you’re an hour from Chicago…move, if you want to make big money. Everybody is whining about their lot in life. First of all, the NBA now has 13 excellent teams – this is amazing! I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this before. Yet everyone is like “Andrew, but now the Lakers are too good…” hey, who said this guarantee’s them a championship? I’ll still take Miami to win it all next year. I’ll take the Lakers over OKC but will take Miami over LA because they’ve still got Lebron (see what he’s doing amongst the best on Team U.S.A at Olympics? Especially game against Lithuania?)
People then complain about it being all stacked – you want it stacked don’t you? People in Ohio love a stacked deck when it’s Ohio State football in the Big 10, but they hate it when it’s the Indians in baseball, Cavs in basketball and Blue Jackets in hockey that are getting hozed! You love a stacked deck…when it’s YOUR stacked deck. “this is awesome” when it’s not yours “this stinks” it’s funny because it certainly doesn’t stink to be in OKC, Miami, Boston or LA right now in the NBA, those are excellent basketball teams. I would say that there are another 5 teams that are very very good right now – Brooklyn, San Antonio, Chicago, Denver and Indiana. Then I’d say there are 4 teams you don’t want to get into an alley fight with – Philadelphia, Clippers, Memphis and Knicks. There are 13 excellent, very good or very dangerous teams in this league – that’s 40% of the league. The league has certainly never been this deep – now are there 9 horrible teams? Yeah, but they are re-building. It’s like I’ve been saying for a while on the blog, I’d cut 4 outta the NBA, 4 outta baseball, 6 outta hockey and 4 outta the NFL, but that’s never going to happen.
Now, Orlando to me could’ve done much better than this – I was reading a comment on an article written today out of the New York Times and the individual made a good point saying “the Magic passing on better deals reminds me of the guy that goes to the bar and thinks the women are going to get cuter as the night goes on. After realizing he’s wrong at 1am in the morning, he panics and ends up going home with the ‘4’ he’s always avoided” The longer Orlando waited, the uglier this thing got – and that’s the way it’s worked in my life. I’m not saying the 1st offer is the best, but the longer you go, the uglier it gets because everybody in the league knows Dwight doesn’t want to be there, the fans are going to be booing him, it’s going to be awful , you should’ve jumped ship on this guy 2 years ago! I ranted 2 years ago on this very blog – your wife now, but 2 years ago when you were still dating, if she walked up to you and said “I don’t know about this, I’m not really attracted to you, I mean I kinda like…” get out of it!! It’s certainly not a good fit – there are a million women in the sea and there’s a million guys out there as well…get out of it! If she’s dropping hints 2 years ago – which Dwight Howard was by saying “I’m going to look at other places” Like Kobe doesn’t say “you know I’m looking at other places” Kobe loves the Lakers.
So I think Orlando just kept waiting and waiting and waiting and it just kept getting uglier and the deals got worse and worse – I’ll take Brook Lopez’s contract! I’ll take that over whatever this deal really is – I don’t like this at all. Like in baseball, we don’t have any problem with someone just stepping up and paying a fortune and buying guys. The Lakers here didn’t buy anything! I’ve just never seen anything like this though because usually the way the NBA works is that you have to inherit a horrible contract and a bunch of draft picks to get a superstar! You gotta give something, the Lakers inherited nothing, kept Gasol, got rid of that head case Bynum and are giving up like a 2017 draft pick! So basically there is a 12 year old in the suburbs of Chicago whom the Lakers gave up. He’s babysitting his brother tonight as his parents are out for the night. The Lakers gave up a 12 year old in the burbs in Chicago for Dwight Howard…fantastic!!
But I am so over everyone whining about their lot in life “oh it’s this…that…this…that” I tell you, I always say this, go read the books written by a guy named Richard Florida (his bio http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Florida) do you want to matter? You gotta move!! I watched a documentary about a family who lives in Long Island, New York – talking about how he’s been unemployed for 3 years due to the recession and all – it’s a pretty awful situation and sad but yet I kept screaming at the television “move” Nebraska has 2% unemployment…move!! If you’re going to whine about your life and everybody’s narrative is “oh I can’t get this, I can’t get that…” stop it! Change your life, society is mobile! Don’t blame the Lakers!!
Sometimes the Lakers are just smarter than other people, they’re definitely more aggressive than others, and they stay on the clock. I remember reading in one of those college football insider subscriptions earlier this year where Lane Kiffen, USC football head coach, was telling the reporter on how it was the first day of recruiting this year – when you were allowed by NCAA rules to call up the players to recruit them to your school. He said how he’d called 4 of the top 5 players in the country and recalled how the only other team that had called all 5 of them was Nick Saben of Alabama before him! That’s why Alabama right now is #1 in the country – they work harder than anyone else! Why are they dominating college football so much? Simply because Nick Saben is on the phone at 1am in the morning on the first day of recruiting. Lane Kiffen talked about how he’d called 4 of the top 5 players and basically every kid said “yeah, I just got off the phone with Nick Saben” they didn’t get off the phone with Northwestern’s coach! Didn’t get off the phone with Oklahoma State’s coach! Or Baylor’s coach! Or Oregon State’s coach! It was Alabama’s coach!
So you know what, this is very good for the Lakers! I’ll tell you what though, don’t hand the Lakers a championship either because of this move- you’re nuts to do that! I’ll still take Miami – now I do think they match up pretty well against Oklahoma City. By the way, Magic Johnson was interviewed on SportsCentre yesterday morning – he thinks that the Lakers, I agree with him here, that they will gel more quickly (Nash and Howard specifically) than the whole Bosh, Wade, Lebron took saying “ you’ve got three perimeter players in Miami – that’s why it was hard for them to work it out. Where is everybody going to go? Who is going to take the shots? While with the Lakers you won’t have that because you already know that Kobe Bryant will be coming off the wings shooting, you know Dwight Howard will be down low –that’s the only place he’s going to play. So this is going to be an easier transition for the Lakers for them to work it out than it was for Miami” Again, everybody loves a stacked deck when it’s your stacked deck and everybody resents when it’s somebody else. The Lakers outsmarted the league….once again!