When in the past Lakers could get away with being a brand name, the game has changed since then. Nobody is joining a team anymore just because the name on the front, as sad as it is.
It is a tough pill to swallow, especially if you've spent the last few years clearing space and waiting for this big moment.
What has happened is now in the past, what I really worry about is whether they learn from this.
Next year will be another year where we'll have a ton of cap space, and presumably (although I wouldn't count on it) Kobe retiring. Are they going to be ready to present the vision of the Lakers moving forward? Or are they once again going to rest on their past achievements with the tagline "Are you going to be the next person to carry on this Lakers Tradition?"
I also think a big key to next year will be the progression of our picks, they really don't understand the pressure that is on them. If they do well, and put up a good fight throughout the year and show glimpses of greatness, the Free Agents will come, they will at least look at the Lakers as a team that is on the right path. If they sputter and look underwhelming, then we really going to need that one player who says I'm gonna bring this Franchise back to its glory.
Regardless, today has been quite eye opening, lets hope if us fans can see it our front office can as well. Like I mentioned earlier, Lakers bucked tradition by picking Russel, they need to start really looking towards the new age of basketball in respects to recruitment.
Whatever happens happens, we've been through two years of absolute inept play, this year can't be worst. If the Lakers someone pick up Jordan or Aldridge or even Harris, the mood will change quickly, we just need that tipping point, once we tip its on. Let's hope it comes sooner rather than later, finally Go Lakers!