Lakers Need To Ignore Free Agency If They Want To Change Their Fate

The Los Angeles Lakers are known for rebuilding via free agency. The approach is logical.

L.A. is a beautiful city with beautiful people and luxurious housing options. You add the team’s historical success and it’s a perfect match for every free agent – I mean, it used to be, anyway.

Lately, the Lakers have struggled to attract (and retain) marquee free agents, so I came up with a backup plan. It’s a small market approach, but hear me out.

Many successful NBA teams have built through the draft. This approach takes longer and is less exciting but it has a track record of working.

The San Antonio Spurs are a perfect example of how powerful this method can be if it’s used correctly.

The Lakers have enjoyed similar success in the past – don’t forget they have a history of drafting legendary players, including Magic Johnson and James Worthy. They also traded for Kobe Bryant shortly after the 1996 NBA Draft.

So, why not take the approach a step further with this year’s top-five protected pick and start rebuilding the legendary Lakers franchise entirely via the draft?

Free agency isn’t working, the fans are getting impatient, and surrounding Kobe with high quality role players might be a good idea, after all.

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  1. Wow. This is not much of an article. You need a few years of high draft picks to do this AND it totally ignores the problem of mediocrity causing all your picks to be only so good after you pick up a couple guys. That’s where the difficulty lies.

    • First of all – you are using the same logic in attacking me that you are chastising me for using – so miss me with that attitude guy. Not enough to slap you – but maybe an ear flick.

      I would be interested to hear how you perceive me as “extra holy” – thats the first time ive heard that. And did i make a judgement on him ? no i didnt – i said that his public image is contrary to his private person. You enjoy reaching just as much as most trolls and this website – but i wont put you completely in that category.

      I am a believer in the Most HIgh – and i would never claim to be without sin – and have come a long way in my faith. However – analyzing a rant on a website is a far cry from feeling the true essence of ones character.

      I grew up with family in Hollywood and their promiscuity and lack of regard for the sanctity of relationships always bugs me. Just making an inference from factual info I have – in that famous people who behave this way – are usually not to be trusted and are selfish cats. Which lead me to believe he will not be intrinsically involved in the young men’s development.

      Nash has not done ish for the lakers in terms of baketball – so im really not concerned with that aspect. SO – in closing – shame on you for trying to throw around shame. You usually dont come at me like that – but if it is to be a habit – just keep it to yourself from now on – and ill leave you be as well.

      • Well, there is a lot of that promiscuity going around. I think it is foolish to judge someone that age, with those opportunities as EXTRA-promiscuous only because you didn’t have the chance to peek into everyone else’s bedroom window in basketball. I have just become less judgmental in my old age, I guess. You are probably less sinful, overall, than the rest of us.

        Except for fun, the extent of my evangelizing is to advise others to be kind. I think Nash has earned that much, even from you.