Since taking over as the Lakers’ general manager, Rob Pelinka has had a few interesting analogies. The best was when he compared signing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to God feeding the Israelites in the desert (at least he didn’t say “manna from heaven”).
Now that falls into second place, behind this quote from Pelinka while on the Dan Patrick Show on how he tried to explain the future of the Lakers to his 7-year-old daughter.
“It’s kind of like if you go on YouTube and you think about Taylor Swift when she was 16 years old maybe putting her first song. It’s her guitar, it’s her, it’s in a little studio, and you watch it and you listen to it and you say ‘Wow, this is going to be a special thing to follow and a really cool narrative to unfold.’ I have that sense about the Lakers, the way we’re playing in summer league we have this young core of Lonzo Ball, (Kyle) Kuzma, (Josh) Hart and it’s a pass-first system that Luke Walton has designed. I think in an era of guard-play where it’s score, if you look at the great point guards it’s score-score-score, I think we’re switching now into a mode of pass-pass-pass.”
I get where he is going, with Ball and Brandon Ingram at the forefront and a number of guys who could be good rotation players — Julius Randle, Ivica Zubac, Kyle Juzma, Josh Hart, even Jordan Clarkson — there is a real future for the Lakers.
But Taylor Swift comparisons? I just hope they run with a better squad.