As the NBA resumes this week, it looks like LA Lakers great Kobe Bryant will be in street clothes for the rest of the season.
When the Lakers signed an injured Kobe to a $48 million two-year deal I was stunned, and it looks to me like it was the worst short-term contract ever given to someone in sports.
The incompetency of the Lakers front office is glaring, especially since their owner, Jerry Buss, passed away. When the son, Jim, took over the Lakers became very stupid very fast. Of course they weren’t always the brightest – remember the Mike Brown fiasco. He was hired and fired after a 1-4 start.
Then they hired Mike D’Antoni, who according to some thought it was a hoax when the Lakers called him. The once impeccable and futuristic front office now rivals other “dead” franchises like Cleveland or Atlanta, but the Cavs and the Hawks actually may be in better shape.
Los Angeles fans have been pretty spoiled when it comes to their Lakers with very few bad times over the last 40 years. Brace yourselves LA – because that’s going to change. I think some might now consider them the worst organization in pro basketball.
It didn’t help when Bryant criticized guys like Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol. Why would you want to sign with the team only to be criticized by their broken down superstar? You wouldn’t.
Are LA fans ready for a decade of futility? They better be.
Mike North has been in sports radio 20-plus years. He is heard weekly on the national FoxSports Radio network, writes a twice-weekly column for the Daily Herald newspaper and does videos for their website three times a week. Listen to his podcasts at http://www.foxsportsradio.com/media/podcast-fox-sports-daybreak-fsrdaybreak/. Follow him on Twitter @North2North. Contact him at [email protected]