The Lakers ship is sinking! just fired there asst gm, scouts, training staff...and more

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 05-25-2011, 09:03 PM         #1
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The Lakers ship is sinking! just fired there a.sst gm, scouts, training staff...and more
 

 
LOS ANGELES -- The revolving door for the Los Angeles Lakers franchise is ready to start turning.

On the same day Mike Brown agreed in principle to a four-year, $18.25 million deal to replace Phil Jackson as the next coach of the Lakers, multiple sources told ESPNLosAngeles.com that a.ssistant general manager Ronnie Lester will not be brought back when his contract expires at the end of June.

Lester just completed his 10th season as a.ssistant GM, serving under general manager Mitch Kupchak. The 52-year-old Lester's relationship with the team spans more than 25 years dating back to the 1984-85 season when he signed as a free agent and played the final two seasons of his injury-shortened NBA career with the Lakers, winning a championship in 1985.

He has been with the purple and gold virtually ever since, signing on as the team's primary scout for the Midwest region of the United States in 1987-88, one year after retiring because of persistent knee injuries.

Lester is credited as the scout on the front line representing the organization when the Lakers got their first hard look at the then 17-year-old Andrew Bynum at a workout in New York in 2005.

Roland Lazenby, author of "Jerry West: The Life And Legend Of A Basketball Icon," published by ESPN Books in 2009, first reported the Lester ouster via his Twitter account.

Apart from Lester, the Lakers have also informed more than a dozen scouts, training staff members and video staff personnel that their contracts will not be renewed when they expire at the end of June as well, as first reported by the Los Angeles Times.

The layoffs first appeared to be a cost-cutting measure by the Lakers in light of the potential lockout that could occur July 1 if the NBA owners and players' a.ssociation cannot finalize a new collective bargaining agreement by then. But, while it initially seemed like there was potential for the employees to be rehired when the possible drawn-out labor unrest is settled, the growing sense is the team is using this offseason to cut ties with the Jackson days and turn the page on the next era of Lakers basketball.

Dave McMenamin covers the Lakers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.

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107 comments for "The Lakers ship is sinking! just fired there asst gm, scouts, training staff...and more"

 7 years ago '11        #2
Loso Luciano24 227 heat pts227
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 7 years ago '10        #3
Dextromethorphan 217 heat pts217
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 7 years ago '05        #4
dagame04 8 heat pts
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Bruh the Lakers have been a winning franchise since before you was born...Trust me this aint there first rodeo...
 7 years ago '10        #5
Dextromethorphan 217 heat pts217
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I heard they haven't given mike brown a budget to work with to sign a.ssistant coaches yet
 7 years ago '10        #6
DurtySoufReppin 76 heat pts76
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Grizzlies > Lakers

get mad
 7 years ago '06        #7
hood135 2 heat pts
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fu*k outta here. Lakers = Greatness...why would we ever jump ship? That sh*ts for bangwagonders.
 7 years ago '10        #8
Dextromethorphan 217 heat pts217
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 hood135 said:
fu*k outta here. Lakers = Greatness...why would we ever jump ship? That sh*ts for bangwagonders.
don't worry when kobe is gone, you all will
 7 years ago '11        #9
Loso Luciano24 227 heat pts227
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 DurtySoufReppin said:
Grizzlies > Lakers

get mad
Not mad but
 7 years ago '04        #10
SHOWTIME 
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lakers are the greatest team of the modern era.... wtf you kids talking bout
 7 years ago '09        #11
That Guy Fly 21 heat pts21
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I dont think this is a big issue. A lot of teams do this when they hire new coaches especially when they replace a coach thats been there a while with someone who wasnt in the organization. It's so that the new coach can put a big stamp on the team as his and not have to deal with any people left behind that were very loyal to the former regime.
 7 years ago '06        #12
hood135 2 heat pts
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 VCMJ1523 said:
don't worry when kobe is gone, you all will
Not worried. Been a fan since before Kobe. We're the most storied franchise in the game. When Kobe goes, another great will take his place. History tells us that we'll be just fine.
 7 years ago '11        #13
Loso Luciano24 227 heat pts227
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 VCMJ1523 said:
don't worry when kobe is gone, you all will
I Rep the name on the front, not the back
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Dextromethorphan 217 heat pts217
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 Loso Luciano24 said:
I Rep the name on the front, not the back
coming from a eagles and lakers fan
 7 years ago '04        #15
A.G 27 heat pts27
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 VCMJ1523 said:
don't worry when kobe is gone, you all will
the guy named VCMJ1523 is really talking about people bandwagon jumping and d!ckriding players?

:hmm:
 7 years ago '10        #16
SoulOnIce 67 heat pts67
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 VCMJ1523 said:
don't worry when kobe is gone, you all will
 05-25-2011, 09:22 PM         #17
KingDwightII  OP
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 Fly 2ndComing said:
I dont think this is a big issue. A lot of teams do this when they hire new coaches especially when they replace a coach thats been there a while with someone who wasnt in the organization. It's so that the new coach can put a big stamp on the team as his and not have to deal with any people left behind that were very loyal to the former regime.
teams dont fire their a.ssistant gerneral manager when they make a coaching change
 7 years ago '09        #18
McmasterlockPt2 42 heat pts42
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The Lakers are done!
 7 years ago '11        #19
Loso Luciano24 227 heat pts227
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 VCMJ1523 said:
coming from a eagles and lakers fan
You still on that
 05-25-2011, 09:23 PM         #20
KingDwightII  OP
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and its still fu*ked up how they did brain shaw also how they are doing kareem...smdh! :disdain2:
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