One of the more reputable outfits for sports news, ESPN, recently ran a piece asking the question, “Who’s running the show?”
They were making a reference to the Los Angeles Lakers, who failed to make the 2018 – 2019 NBA Championship finals, despite the coronation of a new King of LA.
LeBron ran the show in Cleveland, he ran the show in Miami, he ran the show when he returned to Cleveland and he ran the show when he bolted to LA for a four-year deal from the Lakers.
LeBron ran things so hard and so far into the ground that he succeeded, intentionally or otherwise, in running Magic Johnson out of town.
Next to suffer banishment was former head coach Luke Walton.
The Lakers courted Ty Lue, but were rejected and there is little doubt that Lue wanted no part of a job pretending to run LeBron’s show.
Lue obviously preferred working as a consultant for the other Los Angeles team, the Clippers, to a job with the Lakers.
The Lakers courted Monty Williams, but difficult as it is to write this with a straight face, Williams signed with the Phoenix Suns, which is roughly the equivalent of Steve Hansen deciding to coach women’s junior netball.
Jeanie Buss is the controlling owner of the Lakers, not in the sense of having any real control, but in the sense that she prevailed in a power struggle over her older brother and former general manager Mitch Kupchak.
We were about to invoke a “Game of Thrones” reference, but Kobe Bryant beat us to the punch long ago.
Said Bryant, “I sent her (Jeanie Buss) a meme from ‘Game of Thrones’ of Khaleesi riding on the ship, going to her homeland with the ships behind her,” Bryant told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols. “I said, ‘Sometimes the mother of dragons has just got to be the mother of dragons.’ And Jeanie went full Khaleesi.”
So, then, which Lannister is LeBron? We would say the Mountain, since the demise of Little Finger eliminated that option.
Ty Lue is obviously Tyrion Lannister, because like the character, this time at least, Lue played the situation perfectly. If Lue comes back as a head coach, the better choice would be the un-killable Jon Snow.