Originally Posted by bladefd
For every other team, you're right. For Lakers, it is finals or failure. There is no middle-ground for Lakers.
Those days are gone. The new CBA took care of that. Until a newer more relaxed CBA is in place the Lakers have been financially neutered in the name of parity.
Trips to the playoffs and conference finals are or will be considered triumphs in the league. 2 or 3 year runs then total rebuilds will be more the norm as big money teams like the Lakers are forced to tear down to avoid the taxes they accumulate if they overspend for too long.