What other Lakers deserve a statue outside Staples?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:46 am    Post subject: What other Lakers deserve a statue outside Staples?

1. Kobe
Seems like the Lakers want to wait until the Laker legend is retired a certain amount of time or inducted into the hall, but Kobe is Kobe...

2. Wilt?

3: Worthy?

Who else?

Not sure the fan base resonates with Mikan or Goodrich. Wilkes was not good enough.

Another thought:

Dr. Jerry Buss
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:00 am    Post subject: Re: What other Lakers deserve a statue outside Staples?

JamaalWilkes wrote:
1. Kobe
Seems like the Lakers want to wait until the Laker legend is retired a certain amount of time or inducted into the hall, but Kobe is Kobe...

2. Wilt?

3: Worthy?

Who else?

Not sure the fan base resonates with Mikan or Goodrich. Wilkes was not good enough.

Another thought:


Dr. Jerry Buss


Worthy-No
Wilkes-No
Jack Kent Cooke-perhaps
Wilt- No- Career w/Lakers too short
Kobe-Absolutely
Buss-Absolutely
Mikan-Can't comment, never saw play
Goodrich, aka Stumpy-No
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:04 am    Post subject:

I raised this question in another thread. With Kobe, I think we're done. It would be a little weird to have the current owners put up a statue of their dad. Just in general, there is something unseemly about owners erecting monuments to themselves. If some future ownership group wanted to do it, after the Buss family is out of the picture, that would be a different matter.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:06 am    Post subject:

Kobe. Maybe Wilt. Dr. Buss.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:06 am    Post subject:

I'm good with Kobe. I'm not sure the rest would garner enough support. Possibly Wilt, but it would have been better if he was alive.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:14 am    Post subject:

Aeneas Hunter wrote:
I raised this question in another thread. With Kobe, I think we're done. It would be a little weird to have the current owners put up a statue of their dad. Just in general, there is something unseemly about owners erecting monuments to themselves. If some future ownership group wanted to do it, after the Buss family is out of the picture, that would be a different matter.

I get where you’re coming from, but I think it’s kind of a different situation. Dr. Buss is pretty much universally accepted as one of the best owners in sports history, and was synonymous with the Lakers brand for 3 decades of unprecedented success.

If this were any other team/ownership family, then I’d absolutely agree. I just don’t think anyone would have a problem with it, and it’s undoubtedly deserved.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:15 am    Post subject:

I think Mikan is criminally forgotten. First great big man and star of the league.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:18 am    Post subject:

Aeneas Hunter wrote:
I raised this question in another thread. With Kobe, I think we're done. It would be a little weird to have the current owners put up a statue of their dad. Just in general, there is something unseemly about owners erecting monuments to themselves. If some future ownership group wanted to do it, after the Buss family is out of the picture, that would be a different matter.


Dr. Buss changed the culture of basketball. His influence went beyond the Lakers.

He started local television contracts, cheerleaders, halftime shows, etc. He brought entertainment to the game of basketball. The fact his teams won 10 titles in the span of 3 decades was also no small feat.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:24 am    Post subject:

Dr. Buss definitely deserves one.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:37 am    Post subject:

Kobe is a lock. I think Wilt will get one to build on the thought the Wilt was a really a Laker....and Miken will get one when one in needed but nobody else really is deserving....maybe during the next "down" period for the Lakers.

I agree with previous post that maybe Dr. Buss gets one, but it will need to come from an ownership group that is not controlled by the Buss family.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:40 am    Post subject:

Too many statues.

But Kobe, obviously.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:15 am    Post subject:

Surprised at the lack of support for James Worthy.

He’s been voted one of the Top 50 NBA players of all-time, many championships, number retired, and continued involvement with the team.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:17 am    Post subject:

Worthy and Kobe.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:33 am    Post subject:

Already too many, but I'll take one of me shooting the J
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:41 am    Post subject:

Mikan (Kobe obviously). We count those championships, right?

As much as I grew up idolizing Big Game, that would be really watering down the honor.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:42 am    Post subject:

All the players that have statues are all-nba MVP caliber players that played the majority of their career in LA.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:43 am    Post subject:

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:44 am    Post subject:

We may have to eventually develop a larger "Walk of Fame" to accommodate all the statues.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:55 am    Post subject:

Derek Fisher.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:57 am    Post subject:

CandyCanes wrote:
Derek Fisher.


I think Smush gets one before Fish.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:03 pm    Post subject:

PartyMan wrote:
CandyCanes wrote:
Derek Fisher.


I think Smush gets one before Fish.


Smush gets what???? ....... a bobblehead doll. NAH!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:21 pm    Post subject:

Dr. Buss & Kobe, that's it.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:21 pm    Post subject:

pio2u wrote:
PartyMan wrote:
CandyCanes wrote:
Derek Fisher.


I think Smush gets one before Fish.


Smush gets what???? ....... a bobblehead doll. NAH!


They should make urinal cakes in his image....
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:51 pm    Post subject:

Kobe for sure, and you'd have to strongly consider (and I'd be fine with) any of Wilt, Mikan, Goodrich, Pao, Worthy. They were all key parts to championships.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:55 pm    Post subject:

GoldenThroat wrote:
Dr. Buss & Kobe, that's it.


How does one say this? "+1"?
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