Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh celebrate after winning the NBA… (Rhona Wise / EPA )
If he needed any further motivation to fix what's wrong with the Lakers, hopefully Jim Buss watched the postgame awards after the Heat victory. It doesn't get much worse for an L.A. sports fan than watching Bill Russell hand the MVP trophy to LeBron James.
Despite my sincere respect and admiration for Dywane Wade, I could not bring myself to celebrate the Heat victory in the NBA Finals. After all, it was LeBron James who reminded me last year that regardless of his success or failure, I must still wake up the next day to my ordinary and inadequate life. Therefore, on behalf of all ordinary people who awakened Friday morning to continue their insignificant lives, I have but two words to say to LeBron James: Who cares?
Maury D. Benemie
To all of the LeBron James haters: Don't fret! After the Heat won this year's NBA championship, you can try to put an asterisk next to the title because it came in a lockout-shortened season. Feel any better?
Playa del Rey
My friends and relatives and I are congratulating the Thunder for winning Games 3 and 4 in Miami. Unfortunately the three officials, either being star-struck or by order of higher authorities, decided to hand them over to the Heat.
Therefore it was senseless for us to watch the remaining games.
I don't see why everyone is so shocked that the Heat, putting three superstars together, won an NBA championship. Don't you think that the Lakers could have done the same thing with, let's say, putting Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West and Elgin Baylor together? Or just think how many banners the Lakers would have put up if they teamed Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone and Gary Payton. Oh, they did? Not so easy, huh?
Bill Plaschke is mostly right about the dismal state of the Lakers and Jim Buss' delusions regarding it. However, Ramon Sessions isn't the problem. Yes, he tanked in the playoffs, but he only joined the Lakers in midseason and still shot 48% while averaging 13 points a game overall. His obvious dedication, high energy and natural skills simply weren't enough to overcome his playoff inexperience combined with the malfunction of the team he found around him.
Like the transmission in a broken-down car, the Lakers' gears just don't mesh anymore. The triad of Kobe, Pau and Andrew don't add up to playoff success. Jim Buss needs to address this with a creative trade, now!
While it pains me to agree with Bill Plaschke, his contention that the Lakers cannot compete with the NBA elite and Andrew Bynum should be traded is dead on. Notice the NBA Final Four this year. Do any of the teams have big centers? No. Kendrick Perkins is a liability, Joel Anthony didn't even play in the Finals, the Boston Celtics were playing aging Kevin Garnett in the middle, and the San Antonio Spurs were playing aging Tim Duncan.
The era of the center is over. Pau Gasol, while declining, can compete with Chris Bosh, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, and Serge Ibaka. And if Bynum can bring a star to take the pressure off Kobe, the Lakers have a chance. In their current state, they're second tier.
Jim Buss will not be the first child to destroy a family business that he inherits, and there is a certain contemptuous boldness to his statements the Lakers do not need a major overhaul. He obviously developed his business acumen and sartorial savvy at the tables in Las Vegas, and is proud to admit it.
Kevin H. Park
Reading T.J.'s interview with Jim Buss, we learn that 15 championships apparently provide immunity from Simers Syndrome.
Phil Jackson's dismissive attitude toward the suggestion that he return to the bench to lead the Knicks is hilarious! It is abundantly clear that the Zen Master is not interested in coaching any team that actually needs coaching. With the Thunder's demise in the Finals, Scott Brooks should watch his back — the ultimate poseur will soon be nipping at his heels!
Mark S. Roth
I have been a SuperSonics fan for decades, going back to the days of Spencer Haywood. Sam Farmer [June 17] beautifully articulated the anger and sadness Sonics fans have felt since the team was stolen from Seattle. The cabal of Howard Schultz, David Stern, Clay Bennett and Aubrey McClendon (whose schemes with Chesapeake Energy have recently shown his true colors) will never be forgiven in the Jet City for jettisoning one of the league's premier franchises. And rightly so.
Open and shut