Things cannot always be the same and often the change comes quick and drastic. This is the pains that the Lakers and their millions of fans are experiencing right now. The end of an era in the Lakers franchise but this time is different than before.
In post magic era there was tough years for the team but they were still able to get back to the finals in under ten years. It also took the Lakers only seven years after Jerry West retired to return to the Finals. This quick turnaround has been a hallmark of the franchise that has played in the Finals 31 times.
But the Lakers of today are not the same as the Lakers of the past. Not only do they have new ownership they have other hurdles that the have to overcome. Jerry Buss was one of the best sports owners in all sports and since his passing the ownership has gone to his children. Although they have grown up around their father and learned from him they have something that is always going to hold them back, drive. Jerry grew up less privileged and had to earn everything that he got. His drive was what led to him making his fortune and his drive is what made him into a terrific owner. Jennie and Jim Buss grew up with everything readily at hand and did not have to experience the misfortunes of being poor like their father. Jerry Buss' drive to be great was something that poured out of him and was reflected on his team. The current Laker owners do not have that same strive for greatness and seem to be at times making decisions at random.
That is not the only thing that has changed in Laker nation. The culture has changed and NBA stars no longer need to be in a large city to make a name for themselves. With twitter and other social media stars like Kevin Durant can get as much exposure in a small market as they would in Los Angeles. The "Hollywood" appeal was something that almost guaranteed a big name free agent to the Lakers. The current view of the Lakers now is a sinking ship if not already at the bottom of the ocean. The glamore appeal is no longer there and it looks like its going to be a long drought till the Lakers are back on the top of the NBA.