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To move forward, the Lakers need a long look in the mirror

March 10, 2019 Sports 2 Views LOS ANGELES – Although the Los Angeles Lakers continue their pale from the playoff picture in the NBA's Western Conference after Saturday's 120-107 loss for the Boston Celtics, the Staples Center is still a far more enjoyable place to watch a game. 19659002] The gravity of Lawrence Tanter's baritone over the public address; the gold and green sweaters are popping under the warm, amber-colored candles; The stylish, minimalist production lacks all the preserved noise and the unpleasant stunts that plague so many NBA arenas. No team in the NBA has lost more games over the past six seasons than the Lakers, but what infects the basketball operations has graciously saved gaming activity, which is still the league's best. The Lakers have always had a present for the presentation, and it hasn't changed. What was planned as a competition game match matched little basketball court. The announcement that Brandon Ingram is out for the season of coagulation in his right arm further made the show of the league two most storied franchises an afterthought. Staples Center was not convinced of post-season potential or a revival of the Lakers-Celtics rivalry or LeBron James's 80th career triple. play 2:18 LeBron James records a triple double, but Kyrie Irving's 30 points drives Celtics past the Lakers for a third straight win. Today, the speaker is about the Lakers about everything except what is on the court. In this regard, the 2019 Lakers is the perfect representation of today's…

LOS ANGELES – Although the Los Angeles Lakers continue their pale from the playoff picture in the NBA’s Western Conference after Saturday’s 120-107 loss for the Boston Celtics, the Staples Center is still a far more enjoyable place to watch a game. 19659002] The gravity of Lawrence Tanter’s baritone over the public address; the gold and green sweaters are popping under the warm, amber-colored candles; The stylish, minimalist production lacks all the preserved noise and the unpleasant stunts that plague so many NBA arenas.

No team in the NBA has lost more games over the past six seasons than the Lakers, but what infects the basketball operations has graciously saved gaming activity, which is still the league’s best. The Lakers have always had a present for the presentation, and it hasn’t changed.

What was planned as a competition game match matched little basketball court. The announcement that Brandon Ingram is out for the season of coagulation in his right arm further made the show of the league two most storied franchises an afterthought. Staples Center was not convinced of post-season potential or a revival of the Lakers-Celtics rivalry or LeBron James’s 80th career triple.

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LeBron James records a triple double, but Kyrie Irving’s 30 points drives Celtics past the Lakers for a third straight win.

Today, the speaker is about the Lakers about everything except what is on the court. In this regard, the 2019 Lakers is the perfect representation of today’s NBA: machinations; scheme; chat about future transactions parlor games; Who the Lakers can get this offseason that the Lakers should get; as the Lakers will get. At this time, the Lakers are not a professional sports team as much as a new flow.

The Lakers face many organizational challenges. If you take the owner Jeanie Buss’s word for it, there’s no bigger this season than the media.

“The biggest challenge for [us is] the” fake news “on how we would trade our entire list for a particular player, which is absolutely incredible, said Bus on a panel last weekend at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics conference.

] The statement is remarkable when examining the recent failures of the franchise, which is particularly astounding when you list the material benefits it has. The team plays in the most appealing market in the league; their local shipping agreements pay them over $ 150 million per season; hires LeBron James, and they have chosen others overall in three of the last four drafts.

Most common season losses since 2013

Losses Last playoffs
Lakers 320 2013
Knicks [19659016] 317 2013
Magiska 309 2012
76ers 308 2018
Suns 307 20 10

And even when the Lakers are unhappy, the team still carries a golden mystery: national television dates; A-list celebrities in attendance; the steady state of being just The Lakers.

Can you imagine the confusion that an owner must live in if she looks at her 156-320 team during the past six seasons, a blessed with all these assets, and concludes that the main reason for worry is the information that swirls on the outside? Despite its legality, the statement reveals so much about one of the Lakers’ true flaws. They are so lacking in self-reflection that they cannot see anything that is abundantly obvious to anyone who draws attention: [TheLakersaresoembarrassedwiththegloryoftheirmarkthattheyforgettheessenceoftheirproduct[19659033] LeBron James & # 39; stroke of eight straight NBA finals and 13 straight after-season will probably end in the spring, but the Lakers post-season power since 2013 is likely to continue for a sixth straight season. Gary A. Vasquez / USA TODAY

Instead of donating the debt to unfavorable news reports that pity their franchise, Bus could have taken a page from Robert Sarver, the owner of a Suns team with the fifth losses during these six seasons. He went on record claiming responsibility for the misery he is chairing in Phoenix and saying, “The organization hasn’t worked to my level or our fans’ expectations, and it’s on me to change.”

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Responsibility and leadership are not exactly characteristic of Lakers qualities in recent years. They stand out on optics by leadership: President Magic Johnson at Lonzo Balls 2017 initial press conference pointing to the location of the training facility where he would like to see Ball’s jersey mounted; chief Rob Pelinka bursts open the “Alchemist” and reads a hollow aphorism as if it is an exercise in thought leadership; Talking tough to a trainer mano a mano behind closed doors.

The Lakers will undoubtedly evaluate their coaching staff, but there is plenty of other inventory to assess, mainly for ownership. At some point, the Lakers must admit that an NBA law is far more than an exercise in brand management and talent recruitment. A front office is a leadership project like any other company – NBA teams make widgets, only they win (or more often for Lakers, losses).

Some questions Bus can start with when performing an autopsy

  • Why do we make so many players their best basketballs after they left our team?

  • Why have our recruitment efforts in free agency failed?

  • Have we hired the right people to make the big decisions?

  • Is this decision process coherent?

  • Why didn’t our collection of high drafts of a winning team come together?

  • Are We empowering our coaching staff or hindering them?

  • Do they get in the organization collectively that they work against something, feel that their work is valued and have we conveyed what it is?

In June, Johnson, said “Next summer, if no one comes and I am still sitting here like this, then there is a failure.” The advanced accountability is admirable, but it says that Johnson sees the recruitment of superstars as the whole of The project, as if running the Lakers is an advanced course with nothing but the Christmas finals. This myopia partly explains the poor roster surrounding James. (The Lakers are now 24-24 when he plays.)

The best course for the Lakers is to forget that they are the Lakers. Behave as you are not the most popular brand in sports, like you do not live in the most attractive city, like you have not won 16 championships or as if you are steeped in some rare power that can only be administered by people who are one part of the Lakers tribe.

Stop trying to restore anything from the past and start building something for the future.

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