Justin, you know I'm as big a Laker-hater there is, but almost everything you've said I agree
The only thing I disagree with is the conspiracy theory against the Lakers since they are one of, if not the most important franchise in the league. What has happened is that somehow the NBA runs a team in a city that simply cannot support a franchise, and the rest of the owners actually get to vote on moves. We both know that's BS. I expect Dan Gilbert to whine like the punk-ass he is, but for Mark Cuban (who I respect) to come out and LIE threw his teeth is infuriating. The Lakers salary-dumped Odom, but picked up a contract exception for the sole purpose of trying to land Howard.
Further reason to hate what the NBA has become, is that the Clippers put together a great deal for Paul also, but the LEAGUE wants them to throw in an extra player...????? 2 letters...F.O
As far the off season for my team (Portland)? Our franchise player Brandon Roy had to retire from injuries just as he was entering his prime. Greg Oden was resigned and the odds of him playing more than 10 games are slim to none. In other words, No Hope. The odds of me watcing a single regular season game??? ZERO
Cinderella story, out of nowhere, former assistant greenskeeper, about to become the Masters' champion...Carl Spackler