Lakers Lose Out To Clippers In Chris Paul Sweepstakes

So, Mitch Kupchak, now what?

Is the hoops monopoly in Los Angeles over?

Has the Lakers’ window officially been slammed shut?

Too many questions and not nearly enough answers. At least no time soon.

While we’re on the subject of time, GM Mitch might already be out of it. He lost out to that other team in L.A. when it came to Chris Paul. Looks like the same will be said of Dwight Howard as well. Though Howard might actually decide to deviate from the Shaq script he’s so far followed during his career. This Magic big might just stay put in Disney World.

So, what exactly were the Lakers expecting to do with that draft pick they swapped for Lamar Odom? Right about now that pick is as useful to the Lakers as Ouija board is to Tim Tebow. Hopefully Kupchak can turn the 30th pick in the 2012 draft into the next Travis Knight. We know how much the Lakers could use another big stiff in the middle.

We also know that the Lake Show is slowly fading away in the rear view and the season hasn’t even stared yet.

Is this just a fan’s nervous knee jerk reaction?

Sure, but it is only because I’m not accustomed to seeing the Lakers behind the curve. Usually Jerry Buss is in front of the pack, leading the charge.

Is this yet another sign of Jim Buss slowly taking charge, ever eager to leave his mark?

That’s another question that has gone wanting thus far. Only time will tell.

Now you can blame David Stern for sabotaging Kobe’s last stand. You can construct a conspiracy theory even Oliver Stone would consider an open and shut case. You can say whatever you want. Bottom line is the NBA ultimately liked the youth of the Clippers over the old contracts of the Lakers. It’s that simple.

Kupchak, the ball is in your court. Barbeque or mildew?

The real question is, again, has this version of the Lake Show run out of time?

We’ll have to wait and see.

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Tags: Chris Paul David Stern Dwight Howard Jerry Buss Jim Buss Kobe Lamar Odom Mitch Kupchak Oliver Stone Tim Tebow Travis Knight

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