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CBA may spell end of Lakers


08:08 AM ET 11.09 | Some figure the veteran Lakers might be aided by the lockout, though there will be a long-term side effect. That's because the new CBA in all likelihood will signal the end of the Lakers dynasty as we know it. ... It won't be impossible for the Lakers to win another championship under the terms of the new CBA, but it's very doubtful we'll see them in the NBA Finals 16 times in 32 years (their run since 1980), seven times in 12 years (their run since 2000) or three times in the past four seasons (to date). Why? Because the new proposed luxury tax penalties will be so punitive to big-spending teams such as the Lakers, it effectively will force owner Jerry Buss to be more judicious about exceeding the luxury tax threshold.

The Orange County Register

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November 9, 2011  08:15 AM ET

"Won't be impossible"....

Try "it's possible".

November 9, 2011  08:15 AM ET

Nice NFL T&R!

November 9, 2011  08:16 AM ET

NBA is so desperate for attention they've highjacked the NFL section.

November 9, 2011  08:16 AM ET

In a new attempt to get a football team in LA, the Lakers are switching leagues?

November 9, 2011  08:17 AM ET

they don't give us a way to object to the topic because it would happen too often...

November 9, 2011  08:27 AM ET

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this belongs here....

November 9, 2011  08:34 AM ET

since NBA can't get no attention , they list there news in the NFL column hoping you read it by mistake

November 9, 2011  08:35 AM ET

Somehow I feel like this board isn't at the top of SI's priority list.

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November 9, 2011  08:59 AM ET

I have no doubt in my mind that the lakers will always be in the mix, no matrer what. That being said, only age will spell doom for this run

If age is the marker... consider the DOOM bell rung.

November 9, 2011  09:00 AM ET

It's about time... and thats all I have to say.

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November 9, 2011  09:02 AM ET

The Lakers are pretty much the icon when someone mentions the big market teams that have no problem going over the cap and buying up all the talent.. not too mention their appeal as simply THE place to play for MAX exposure.

Upping the luxury tax to say...5 or better yet 10 dollars for every dollar they go over the cap should make it a little harder for them to pay what the stars will be expecting.

November 9, 2011  09:03 AM ET

Somehow I feel like this board isn't at the top of SI's priority list.

Not when planning of the next swimsuit issue is under way...

November 9, 2011  09:04 AM ET

Los Angeles is still a big market; players would still opt to go here than in, let's say, Toronto or Charlotte.

November 9, 2011  09:04 AM ET

The Lakers Are The NBA, Bros.

November 9, 2011  09:06 AM ET

The Lakers and the Celtics Are The NBA, Bros.

^^^^Fixed that for you, Bro ^^^^^

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