Patience doesn't come easy for the
First-round playoff knockouts lead to
Fifty-five loss seasons lead to what, exactly?
The Lakers are gamely diving into the free-agent market as if the future of their franchise depends on it, which it might.
After pitching to
Kupchak took with him an increasingly important person in the organization, business and marketing executive Tim Harris. He was the quarterback for the business pitch to Anthony, which included a four-minute "trailer" of Anthony's life created by movie producer Joel Silver. Harris was also in charge of presenting the branding possibilities of the Lakers and the city of Los Angeles to James' agent.
It's hard to decipher James' mind-set. Reports conflict almost daily — he might want to return to the
It'll be hard to get James, who hasn't even agreed to a meeting with them yet. Right now teams can only pitch his agent, Rich Paul.
The Heat can offer James five years and $115.1 million. The Lakers can offer four years and $85.5 million.
The Heat could also offer some kinder geography — the Eastern Conference, where James wouldn't have to fight through Oklahoma City, the
Anthony would appear to be an easier target. The
But, like Miami with James, New York can offer Anthony a lot more than the Lakers — $129.1 million over five years compared to $95.9 million over four years.
If the Lakers strike out on James and Anthony, they're not expected to pursue
Who's the boss?
As the Lakers pursue James and Anthony, one other question lingers.
Where is their coach?
More than two months have passed since
Of course they still don't really have a team, seeing how only four players are guaranteed contracts next season, six if you include non-guaranteed point guards
When the Lakers met with Anthony on Thursday, they did not promise he could have a say in which coach they hired. It's a slippery slope if you give a player too much power, the Lakers maintain.
They have interviewed five candidates but only two are still without a job — Scott and former Lakers Coach Mike Dunleavy.
Lionel Hollins just became head coach of the