Whicker: Every crisis needs a manager, so here’s some advice for the Lakers

first_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions – We have also been exonerated of collusion, because collusion requires that at least two people in the organization had discussed an issue and agreed upon it. No one has found an instance of this.– We liked Luke Walton but he was low-energy.– We liked Magic Johnson but he really wasn’t involved in the operation. In fact, we barely knew him.– Any accusation that Kurt and Linda Rambis have any influence over us is a hoax. There are some who say he played for the Lakers at some point and that may be true, but it’s a big organization and people come and go all the time.– The Lakers are in better shape than they’ve ever been. In fact, a lot of people say we have been the best team in basketball the past six years. Our ratings are good, we keep drawing up to 60,000 people a game in the Staples Center, and we did our part for infrastructure with our new building in El Segundo. We just hope our fans don’t get tired of so much winning.– If someone wants to investigate something, perhaps we can go back to the origins. In December of 2011, Commissioner David Stern refused to let the Lakers make a trade with New Orleans for Chris Paul. This allowed the Clippers, who always had bad numbers, to become contenders when their trade for Paul was approved.Related Articles Sears Roebuck is disappearing, Oldsmobile is gone, Sports Illustrated gets passed from owner to owner like an offering plate.When brands fade, they generally keep fading. If you are 18 years old, you were 12 when the Lakers last made the NBA playoffs. Since you were 11, the Clippers have outperformed the Lakers by 155 regular-season wins.Incompetent play is not the worst problem. The Lakers used to be a mockingly successful mom-and-pop operation, free of the organizational glut that choked other franchises. They made the right moves, they took care of their people, and the only drama was on the court, usually ending happily.Since Dr. Jerry Buss left us, the Lakers are a nonstop squabble at the Thanksgiving dinner table. Inviting LeBron James to save the family was like a lot of splashy offseason moves. The best day with LeBron, so far, was the first one. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWorse yet, nobody is talking, or at least talking sense. General Manager Rob Pelinka appeared at the introduction of future ex-coach Frank Vogel and said in his usual grandiose way that all was well. We have a former agent with no trading or drafting experience doing the same job Jerry West used to do, after the Lakers decided West shouldn’t be asked to do it again, and after the suddenly wise Clippers decided West should help do it for them.So this is basically the Love Canal of the NBA. It’s difficult to reassure the public when your team slogan is “At least we’re not the Knicks.”Fortunately, our brand is crisis (which was also a Sandra Bullock movie that about a dozen of you saw). We’re here to change the perception and thus dispel the reality.When the Lakers do talk again, they should use these points:– After a full investigation, there is no evidence that we committed obstruction. This is based on a thorough viewing of our defensive tapes. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs center_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed – In the Lakers deal, New Orleans would have received Lamar Odom, Goran Dragic, Kevin Martin, Luis Scola and a first-round pick. It was not approved, but then New Orleans sent Paul to the Clippers for Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu and a first-round pick. Those of us who have made deals all of our lives – great deals, record-setting deals that you wouldn’t believe – know that our deal was better for the Hornets.– The Clippers have had eight consecutive winning seasons since that deal, as opposed to one winning season between 1992 and 2012.– Stern was running the Hornets for the league, which is just another example of the rigged system. You remember when Stern refused to ban Kevin McHale from the league after he viciously mugged, uh, one of our players during the 1984 Finals. If somebody wants to find the 30,000 e-mails that have been written about this, the media probably will be very interested.– And yet Golden State is allowed to add Kevin Durant to a team that already had Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. This was a takedown, a coup.– As for LeBron James wanting Rich Paul to fly on our plane, well, it’s a great plane. That’s why everybody wants to fly it. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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