Lamarcus Aldridge’s free agency is like a hot potato that even if it’s still smoking everyone wants to get their hands on. Everybody wants to have a smooth shooting power forward who could be a corner stone in any franchise. It’s like betting on a lotto ticket wherein you already know you won.
But how do you convince a hot commodity like Aldridge to join your team? A prime 29 year old player who never went past the second round needs something that most superstars want – a championship and a max contract. When every team would offer championship hopes and cash on the table, your only edge when it comes to persuasion is through emotions. Because people tend to decide for emotional reasons. When we feel right we take action. The perks of leveraging emotions can be very powerful, but it’s how you do it that truly matters.
Somehow Kobe Bryant and the Lakers seemed to have lack of.
Then icing on the cake
A Persuasive pitch should be something like this
You need to have an urgency, make him feel really special, proud and wanted. Then say “Come with me, if you want to win”
I don’t know how Kobe and the Lakers presented, but maybe it was something that Aldridge want to hear but never got anything in return. Maybe he wanted Kobe to talk about how much the Lakers wanted him. But Kobe was just being Kobe.
He just doesn’t sweet talk, and he will really tell you if you got food stuck in your teeth.
LA would have been good with LA (Lamarcus Aldridge).
The San Antonio Spurs and the Phoenix Suns are closing in on Lamarcus.
San Antonio dumped Tiago Splitter to their Eastern counterpart the Atlanta Hawks to get more cap space as San Antonio offered Danny Green $45 M to stay and a reasonable amount to offer Aldridge to be the next Tim Duncan. With the core group still intact it would be easier to persuade Aldridge the money and championship ring that he wanted. But the Phoenix Suns also have something to offer.
After signing defensive center, Tyson Chandler, the Suns could offer Aldridge a much more defensive team, something he haven’t enjoyed while playing in Portland. Phoenix also has an incredible medical staff that could help him prolong his career (like Grant Hill and Steve Nash).
So the battle for the hot potato belongs to the Suns and the Spurs, the Lakers could do something drastic that could make Aldridge give it another try. But it will be a long shot to the moon.
What do people say when you hold on to a hot potato for too long? Well either you get burned or you let it go.
Sometimes letting go is always a good answer.
Onward to the next hot potato.