Two days into FA and it's basically a repeat of the last two years:
Despite having a horrific roster, the Lakers go into FA with the delusion trying to court high-end FAs who they don't have a chance in hell of getting (Anthony last year, Aldridge/Jordan, this year) while all of the other lesser, but more attainable free agents who could actually help their team get scooped up by the rest of the league. All because they're the Lakers; they don't rebuild!
Well, if that's the case, then your pitches to these elite FAs better be top notch. Except they're not. For the third straight year, they totally botch it, including needing to have a second meeting today with LaMarcus Aldridge because, according to reports, they spent more than the first hour of a two hour meeting talking about everything but basketball in the first meeting. Once again, the meetings are filled with stuffed suits from TWC, AEG, more talk about Showtime, and, oh yeah, let's bring in the corpse of Kobe to tell LMA that he can be his Pau Gasol, which I suppose is better than when he told Howard he could be his Tyson Chandler. Baby steps.
The arrogance and incompetence of this front office, from ownership down, is just astonishing. They're, literally, stuck in the 1980s-1990s. They're seriously trying to still sell FAs on coming to the Lakers because, uh, well, they're the Lakers, and because L.A. is sunny and you can make money. That might have worked when Shaq came over… 20 years ago. Times have changed. And if you can only talk to players about that because your roster is bad, then, well, maybe you shouldn't be wasting your time with these meetings to begin with.
I think what's annoyed me during these past few days is that, as the Lakers are trying to make a pitch to Aldridge, there's Jeanie Buss spouting her mouth off again, openly talking about the insecurities and dysfunction of the front office. You know, Jim Buss gets a lot of crap, and most of it is deserved. But I can at least point to some positive things he's been a part of; the past two years have been decent in terms of drafts, and they were one veto away from landing Chris Paul in what would have been a heist. On the other hand, I'm slowly coming to the conclusion that Jeanie's more of the problem. She does not stop talking, and between her campaigns from the pathetic #Stay campaign to her awful tweets last night, and likely having a lot to do with these presentations… she's showing herself to be absolutely and utterly incompetent.
They don't have a chance in hell to land Durant. And if this three year deadline for Jim Buss is true, which Jeanie keeps repeating it is, then fear for the kids to eventually get packaged in a shitty deal for some veteran.