Itâ€™s all about power. The last few days of the Lakers soap opera has been about power, the power to control the direction of the franchise. The power of trust. Kobeâ€™s power as the star player. Jerry Bussâ€™ power as the owner. Jim Bussâ€™ power as the heir apparent. Mitch Kupchackâ€™s power. Jeannie Bussâ€™ power. Jerry Westâ€™s power. Magicâ€™s power. Phil Jacksonâ€™s power to try to bring it all back together.
And Iâ€™m sick of it all, weary of the four-year-olds fighting over the sandbox.
Any regular reader of this blog knows how I feel about the soap opera surrounding the Lakers â€” I despise it. I like it as much as I like the trend of flopping. I started this blog in large part because I wanted to talk about the Lakers on the court at a time all regular media wanted to talk about what Shaq thought of Kupchak and who Kobeâ€™s wife was talking to at games. I just wanted to talk about the games.
And yet, in the last few days I got sucked into the front office power struggle made public, the â€œwho is the insider?â€ soap opera. Certainly all this impacts the team on the court, but itâ€™s still more General Hospital than NBA professional. And I feel like I need a shower just following it.
Is it really all that hard for Kobe, Jim and Jerry Buss, Mitch, Phil and anyone else in the loop to sit down in a room and talk? Is negotiating through the media really necessary? Donâ€™t successful organizations have a master plan that everyone is aware of and working toward? Isnâ€™t talking things out face-to-face what good managers and mature adults do? Not everyone has been mature, but now everyone is being immature.
These are the days that try fansâ€™ souls. It is the kind of day that makes me question my fandom (which Dan said so well) and makes me question blogging about it all.
Kobe says heâ€™s tired of talking. I think I speak for a lot of fans when we say weâ€™re sick and tired of this whole situation, too.
Maybe it costs me a bunch of readers, but Iâ€™m stepping away from the edge of insanity for a couple days. Write what you want in the comments, but Iâ€™m done updating who is fighting for what part of the sandbox for now.
I hope that Kobe and the entire front office can get on the same page, start pulling in the same direction. Like Kobe says in his latest diatribe, I love the Lakers as a franchise and want to see it return to winning. Maybe that is without Kobe, although Iâ€™d prefer him to stay.
But the last few days made me queasy. And I need a break from it.