By Craig Kwasniewski
Forget that the Lakers did absolutely nothing this past off-season to improve their status as the 9th best team in the Western Conference. Forget that Kobe Bryant, the most explosive scorer in the NBA, is wanting out of Lakerland unless they acquire major talent. Forget that MF-ing Sasha Vujacic and MF-ing Brian Cook is still on the roster. Forget that nepotism will kill one of the most storied franchises with NBA joke-of-an-executive Jim Buss running the ship. Forget all of that....
The Lakers are hanging out with The Rockettes! Check it out y'all:
Welcome to the theme of the 2007-08 Los Angeles Lakers: Photo Ops and Feel Good Stories. (Read: whatever distracts the fanbase from the crap surrounding a very bitter Kobe Bryant until he's traded by All-Star Break.)
First they signed Derek Fisher, one of the most popular Lakers in the past 20 years and the ultimate feel-good story. The way he handled his daughter's strugle with cancer was truly inspirational. It's one of the things in sports where literally everyone is pulling for the guy and you just hope and pray for the best.
Now I love D-Fish and what he's all about so I was excited to see him return to the Lakers (plus there's a side bonus as he's the only Laker my wife likes, so she'll actually go to a few more games... by her own choice). Anyway, there's no criticism for the signing here... as long as it was the first of many deals in the off-season and NOT the ONLY deal, which is what actually happened (and no Jimbo Buss, re-signing the injury prone Chris Mihm is not an acquisition, you knob!).
Second they signed Coby Karl this summer. Karl underwent chemotherapy treatment for papillary carcinoma (a thyroid cancer considered by Karl's doctor to be one of the most treatable forms of cancer). They said that Coby's a good perimeter shooter... and when compared to Sasha Vujacic EVERYONE'S a good perimeter shooter. But with a career field goal percentage of .413 at Boise State the writing's on the wall. (As you may know, Boise State is from the ultra competitive WAC conference, the ACC of the Northwest, the Big Ten of the Big Sky, the Big East of the... COME ON GUYS, he can't even hit a shot in the WAC!!!!)
Suddenly I realized the Lakers plan for the 2007-08: make the fans feel guilty for booing the Lakers.
Mix in the retarded Sasha Vujacic and the physically challenged Brian Cook and you have a roster filled with feel good stories.... not talent, but feel good stories.
So expect more photo sessions with celebs, dancers and charitable organizations, just ignore the crap on the floor. Good times in 2007-08....