couple things here...gawdamn, Jerry's got great taste...this picture was taken at Cromwell Field at USC (Fight On, Dr. Buss!)....and finally, dude is a playboy millionaire in LA who owns the most successful/high profile/flashiest basketball team on earth and has jeans that are cut off with scissors?
Jordan can't be traded, they'll lose their strength in the paint (their only line of defense really) plus he is Griffins best friend, you don't want to upset your star before he signs an extension. That definitely played a role in resigning Jordan with such a big contract.
Originally Posted by LawrenceMD
I understand odom's dad has health issues + his cousin dying, and winning 6th man of the year to being dumped for salary purposes lead to a depression spiral.. it sucks but its not like he was put on the Hornets and left out to dry... Odom theoretically fits perfectly into that Mavericks team.. and could be an integral cog in a another championship run.
there was an interesting angle stephen A smith had on espnNY radio today... a possible reason for the Laker's salary dumps is to lower the payroll due to Dr. Buss' deteriorating health. If he were to suddenly die this year there is a huge death inheritance tax to be shouldered by his sons/daughters.
the previous example mentioned by smith was when george Steinbrenner died - stienbrenner's sons were lucky to get some loophole due to the timing (year of his death):
Forbes magazine has estimated Steinbrenner's estate at $1.1 billion. The federal estate tax in 2009 was 45 percent, with the $3.5 million per-person exemption. If he had died last year, his estate could thus have faced federal taxes of almost $500 million, depending on how the estate was structured.
you figure buss has to be worth at least half a billion... it might be the same situation for buss' kids to try to figure out how they will handle a huge tax bill
the lakers right now are in a state of flux with the rumored deteriorating health of dr. buss, the kids are all shoring up costs to brace themselves for the death inheritance tax and basically trying to dump salaries and stand pat until the whole issue gets resolved (macabrely that probably means waiting until buss dies).
yeah, if stephen a. smith said it it is just about a lock that it is not even remotely factual