In the age of second chances, it was still surprising.
The effort was improved, but Aldridge apparently wasn't "wooed by it," according to a person familiar with the meeting.
Figuring they had nothing to lose, the Lakers requested a second meeting and were granted it, sitting down in a much less crowded room with Aldridge and fully aware he thought their initial message was too heavy on branding opportunities in Los Angeles and too light on actual basketball talk.
Aldridge was particularly down on the first presentation's lack of analytics and on-court projections, something General Manager
It was unclear what Aldridge immediately thought of the redo, or "follow-up" as the team tried to phrase it, but the Lakers were believed to have accented his importance in the franchise's attempted turnaround after a 21-61 season. Another glaring issue that needed revisiting — their lack of an effective center, an increasingly important concept for a four-time All-Star who preferred playing only power forward.
The Lakers currently have two big men with
They liked versatile big man
The Lakers' meeting with free-agent center DeAndre Jordan on Wednesday didn't come close to making a dent in his plan to go to Dallas or stay with the Clippers.
Before free agency began, the Lakers were the co-favorites with San Antonio to pry Aldridge from Portland, but that was scuttled after their failed first crack at him.
Meanwhile, Lakers President
"He told me it would take three years to rebuild it, so we've just finished year one," she told KPCC radio Thursday. "We are coming off our worst season in the history of the franchise, which is tough to swallow because my dad set the bar so high. But my brother had asked that he be given time … and I agree that he needs the time so that he can show people what he envisions as Laker basketball going forward. "
There was a side note to a busy Thursday, former Lakers power forward