The Los Angeles Lakers have had a very troublesome start to the new campaign, they won a single game of their opening ten contests and now one of the most consistently successful franchises of all time is a basement team in the NBA.
The organisation prides itself on its storied history of winning NBA Championships and post-season success, built through the big market and shrewd management, the purple and gold of the Lakers has not experienced a plummeting low like this for a long time.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban quite frankly couldn't care. Having watched the Lakers dominate a Western Conference in which his own franchise operate over many years, he's glad to see the great ball club hit perilous depths.
The current Lakers squad is quite honestly terrible, they're best player is Kobe Bryant who they recently signed to a max extension and despite his lofty 27.4 points per game average, cannot win games simply on his own.
Cuban is quite happy to watch the Lakers squirm at the bottom of the conference, actually he hopes it continues for a very long time.
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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban spoke with Los Angeles sports news icon Fred Rogan on his Beast 980 radio show, he discussed the failures of this current Lakers team in a jovial manner:
“As far as the Lakers go, I think there are going to be a lot of teams that are saying, ‘I’ve got a ton of cap room,’ and signing three big free agents to come play for them. Los Angeles has always been considered a destination city, so maybe they feel that’s a valid strategy. You know me, Fred. Personally, I just hope they suck forever.”
Cuban speaks of the decision to offer Kobe Bryant a max deal and still hope to attract free agents to the big market of Los Angeles.
The owner has always worked the cap well in Dallas, trying to build a contending team around Dirk Nowtizki, however with the proposed TV deal set to be agreed with the league, there is going to be a lot of teams with genuine cap space to spend.
The Lakers can still make a play at a free agent which they will certainly need too, making a big splash in the only way to get them back into contention.