LA Lakers: Rome Is Burning and the Lunatics May Now Be Running the Asylum

“There was once a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish … it was so fragile, and I fear that it will not survive the winter.”

You might not think so, but this quote from the 2000 blockbuster Gladiator starring Russell Crowe, could just as easily have been said about the end of the Lakers Empire as it could the end of the Roman one.

In fact, looking back at that movie, it seems as if this newest Laker drama was taken directly from that script.

Think about it for a second.

Dr. Jerry Buss as Marcus Arelius, the old, dying Caesar, eager to ensure that the empire he has built with his own two hands continues after he is gone.  It seems he is more concerned with his legacy than he is with the empire he leaves behind. Will he be remembered as the greatest owner in sports history?

Jim Buss as Commicus, the heir apparent, eager to rule and to prove he is every bit the owner his father was. 

Brash and impetuous, he cares more about stepping out of his father’s shadow than of preserving all that his father has fought to gain.  Will his ambition guide the empire back to greatness or tear it apart piece-by-piece?

Jeanie Buss as Lucilla, the daughter that would have been Caesar, if only she was born a man.

And Kobe Bean Bryant as Maximus Decimus Meridius, the defender of the kingdom, broken and tired from one too many battles, and asking the empire he has served so loyally for the opportunity to return home and remain in the familiar confines of the triangle offense.

There's an old saying that all roads lead to Rome.  Well, with the decision to hire former Cleveland Cavalier head coach and now ESPN analyst Mike Brown as the next Laker coach, the Buss Family, or more directly Jim Buss, has made clear his intention on the direction he intends to take his team.  And that direct...

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