How can that be....dude didn't just fly to la and show up at the staples center and just said hey guys sign me. Obviously la reached out to him....and they flew him out and he met with [URL=http:/kareem]ownership...kobe/kareem[/URL] hell probably even magic...and in doing so he stated what he wanted and what he expected....and they also told him what they were willing to do for him
The way yall are basically acting like this didn't happen, I guess in a attempt to absolve the lakers any responsibility is funny.
So either they told him yea we will work with you, kareem will help out and youll be able to try out your post game etc...and they lied.
Or the answer which makes absolutely no since, and defies all logic is they didn't say this, they said your strictly gonna play PnR, we will not help you develop a post game, you will not in any fashion be able to use or try to attempt to do so in the game...the hell with your demands, And despite all that Dwight said cool and signed anyways.
So base on common sense and logic, they told him one thing...did another, he got mad and decided to leave. No way they told all him this upfront, was completely honest, and he decided to sign anyways.
That's not to say he isn't limited in the post, or absolve him of his deficiencies, but end of the day they didn't even attempt to work with him, or try to help him improve at all. So to knock a guy based on not even given a chance/opportunity to improve and learn is unfair to him.
1.) The Lakers traded for him. They didn't need to court him to come or sign anything, because he had no say.
They did need to court him to stay beyond the first year when his contract expired - but they didn't bother trying very hard because they signed Mike D'Antoni when they could've signed Phil Jackson, who Dwight obviously wanted.
2.) Kareem wasn't with the Lakers in an official capacity, so the Lakers couldn't make a promise to send him over as a coach and develop his post game to use as a featured element of the offense. Dwight met him and said he wanted to work out with him on his own terms - and he didn't follow through by his own terms, at least according to Kareem.
3.) Dwight is supposed to be a superstar center. Even if Kareem, Shaq, and the ghost of Wilt were official employees of the Lakers, the Lakers shouldn't have to be catering to Dwight by sending a series of coaches to develop his game.
4.) If a player needs to have legendary centers come and develop his game... he shouldn't be expecting to be the featured point of the offense.
Edited by SenorRoboto2k5 - 7/16/13 at 2:07pm