Opinion: Lakers' organization resembles clown car, not storied franchise that attracted LeBron James


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The Lakers have earned the nickname The Big Top from other teams. It’s a circus in La La Land.

Chaos within the organization reached another embarrassing level with the hiring process for a new coach as those near and dear to Lakers owner Jeanie Buss continue to fail her. And with each wrong move, the team risks alienating LeBron James.

It’s a strange time when the Phoenix Suns, usually mired in dysfunction, nail their coaching hire, and the Lakers look like a clown show.

The warnings came from Los Angeles and far from Laker Land. Pleas were public and private, imploring Buss to stop treating the storied franchise like a mom-and-pop shop. It hasn’t happened.

Los Angeles botched the Ty Lue hire – whom many believed would be a good fit for James because of their championship history – and it doesn’t matter what side decided to push back from the table after they couldn’t come to terms on a contract. While both parties have moved on for now, they could always re-engage. 

Though Rob Pelinka is the general…

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