Seeking A Secular Non-Divine Fine…
(Enough Is Enough & Too Much Already!!!)
By Phil Cicchi/old & in the way
The Los Angeles Lakers should be fined and disciplined by the NBA for not making a legitimate effort to win games by playing their best players. They should be fined for a starting line-up that defines tanking and a conscious effort to lose games. They should be fined for incompetent, inept and corrupt ownership and coaching. They should be fined for a total lack of intelligent player rotations, player utilization and playing time minutes allotted. They should be fined for the biased treatment and marginalization of their best player, Jeremy Lin. That’s right…best player Jeremy Lin. Simply because the Lakers organization, management and coaching staff fail to realize, recognize, acknowledge and actualize this fact does not make it any less so.
The Lakers should be fined for catering to an aging, over-the-hill former so-called superstar to the detriment of the rest of the team and winning games. The Lakers should be fined by the NBA for playing Jeremy Lin a mere 26 minutes a game when he should be in the 35 minutes a game range. They should be fined for not allowing him to have the ball in his hands and run the offense. If the NBA is interested in being credible and believable as a legitimately competitive, professional sports league, then it needs to take decisive action to penalize the Los Angeles Lakers organization for malpractice, malfeasance, corruption, lack of honor and integrity and misleading both public and private sectors regarding putting a legitimate team on the court for every game and legitimately trying to win any game this season let alone all of them. The coaching staff needs to be disassembled by a front office that needs to be disassembled and deconstructed.
The Lakers have hit rock bottom and I would be rejoicing over this fact if it were not for the sad reality that Jeremy Lin in particular but all of the players in general except for prima donna Kobe Bryant have been abused, exploited, mistreated and caught in the middle of this internal conflict, lack of competence and criminal failure. This failure is not accidental or an unintended consequence but rather one that has been consciously orchestrated from within. That there has not been a serious players’ revolt and mutiny is a tribute to the professional demeanor and character of the actual players involved. If the Lakers organization and coaching staff would match the professionalism of most of their players, I would not be writing this critical analysis. There would be no need to do so as the Los Angeles Lakers would have somewhere near as many wins as losses. Instead we see a lamentable and particularly unacceptable record of 13-37 and a .260 winning percentage. They are on a pace to finish with a record of 21-61. At the rate they are going they well could lose more than 60 games!!!
The Lakers management, coaching staff and Kobe Bryant, the Lakers one legitimate prima donna superchild, should go straight to morality jail and the rest of the roster players who have been subjected to such ill treatment should be financially compensated from team funds and profits. Their contracts have been violated by the crimes committed against them. None of this will, of course, happen but this in no way means that it should not happen. Jeremy Lin and this year’s team and what this year’s team could have been with better court-side leadership has been thrown under the bus to build for a nebulous future that may never materialize. Thus Sacre, Kelly, Ellington, Clarkson and Hill are your starters…an injured Hill now replaced by Tarik Black? This is a total joke and travesty. Your best players are on the bench and your marginal players are the starters? Right. And I’m the reincarnation of William Blake, Mark Twain and Emily Dickinson. Come to the illegitimate shrine that I have built for myself. It is just like the one built by the Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA. Gurgle, gurgle, gurgle…going down for the which time? The second, third or fourth time? As the homily goes it is the third time that does most of the damage.
I have not been impressed by Adam Silver’s first year as NBA Commissioner or anything he has yet done. But if he would hold the Los Angeles Lakers accountable for their criminal lack of responsibility and professional credibility, I would begin to take notice of his presence and prominence. But I don’t expect him to do the right thing. I suspect that he is just another talking head covering for a toxic corporate culture. And the Lakers are vultures preying on their own players. They need to be held accountable for their criminal and corrupt behaviors and practices. They need to be held accountable for betraying Jeremy Lin and the other players on their current roster and selling them out for self-serving purposes. In my view the credibility of both the Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA is at stake.