he could have twice the legacy he does and likely every year all star if he weren't content with a off the bench role with the lakers and 25 min play times as a 3rd wheel. sure rings and winning are nice but its a shame a player who has that type of talent doesn't get it utilized enough. if he goes to the right team he could average a triple double probably more than any player in the league....
L.O. is a freak when he's on, and let's be real, he hasn't had the opportunity to showcase how much he can do until he got to the Lakers. How many people remember he used to play for the Heat? As a lifelong Laker fan, I can understand how he feels slighted, cuz I didn't like the deal at all. L.O. is the kind of player who needs to be severely motivated to produce, i.e. KG's cheapshot elbow, so hopefully he responds in a positive way on the court.
It doesn't look like he's leaving in the newest trade proposal.
However, while I feel for the guy as a human being, I can't feel sorry for him as a player. He can't possibly overlook the business aspect of the league. The same thing that afforded him the lifestyle he enjoys, the woman he married and the chance to live in luxury is the same thing that makes these kinds of life changing situations a harsh reality. He's been traded before... he knows how it works.
It can be argued that he's probably more upset about going to a potential bottom feeding, rebuilding team than anything. Sure, losing your "friends" and leaving the city you "love" is a blow... but, at the end of the day, he's likely going to be relegated to an awful team until his contract is up and that kills him.
It's one thing to be dismayed privately but it's another thing entirely to call in to Stephen A. Smith and put your broken heart on display to millions of listeners. When he's in a better mind state he'll be regretting that.
I like how he is passionate about being a Laker. I am a bit torn on this but I still tend to lean toward this being a business and that its nothing personal against Lamar. He seems to feel he has been betrayed, but it has nothing to do with betrayal. Its about teams doing what they feel is in the best interest of their team success. I cant blame him for feeling like this. It was a shocker for him and he was reacting the day that it happened. I think had this deal went through, he would have gotten over it. Time heals the wounds.