Los Angeles Lakers: Henry Abbott

Know your NBA owners: Where Dr. Buss fits in

September, 13, 2011
Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
Save Mark Cuban, aside from the most dedicated enthusiasts getting their Herb Kohl fix on C-SPAN, NBA fans generally don't see much of NBA owners. But while their low profile collectively lends to a sense of sameness, this group of 30 men (31, I suppose, if you count the co-ownership in Golden State) is hardly homogeneous. They represent markets of differing size generating wildly different levels of revenue. Some are very good at what they do, some not. Some are cosmically wealthy, others merely super-rich, some bought so long ago their profit is built into the appreciation of their franchise, others more recently for bigger money and more highly leveraged.

It's impossible to devise a new CBA giving each master of the universe exactly what he wants.

Meaning, as Henry Abbott points out at TrueHoop, owners have their own issues to sort through, just as the players do. If you missed it, heading into the weekend he posted a handy guide to NBA ownership, separating the hawks from the doves from the moderates relative to both the construction of the new CBA and how radical a change it might bring, along with revenue sharing.

The Lakers, as always, are an interesting case. Their revenue streams, even before the new TV deal with Time Warner Cable kicks in, are top shelf. While some teams may believe missing next season is better than continuing under something resembling the old system, the Lakers don't. They want to play, and don't need massive give backs from the players to continue their happy financial path. The status quo suits them fine. Meanwhile, owners need to agree on a new form of revenue sharing among each other, a trickier proposition. Writes Abbott, "The Lakers stand to lose the most in revenue sharing, by far. Reports are conflicting about whether they have accepted the idea of paying tens of millions per season. This is a huge issue."

I've been told the Lakers understand the need for and are supportive of more revenue sharing in the NBA ... but really have no idea what that means. Does more mean an extra 10 grand and an agreement to provide refreshments at the next owners soiree? Or, as Abbott wonders, a willingness to kick in big eight figure dollars a year?

The Lakers want a 2011-12 season. To some degree, it may be up to them to decide how much they're willing to pay other teams in the league to make it happen.

New Podkast w/Henry Abbott: Kobe's career, the CBA, Ron's name and cervezas

August, 27, 2011
Kamenetzky By Andy Kamenetzky
Kobe Bryant turned 33 almost a week ago, but for a player of his magnitude, we'll extend the celebration. Heck True Hoop's Henry Abbott, he of the "King of the Kobe haters" reputation, to not only popped by, but sang The Mamba's praises. Amazing, huh? Among the talking points:
Andy and Brian welcome TrueHoop's Henry Abbott to the show, talking Kobe Bryant in honor of the Mamba's 33rd birthday. Plus, the link from Ron Artest (still Ron Artest) to odd celebrity baby names, and Pau Gasol drinks a beer!

Podcast Listen
  • My ideal birthday gift for Kobe: A flu shot, because the man is constantly sick.
  • Considering the time Abbott has devoted towards debunking what he considers a myth, ("Kobe is the NBA's King of Clutch") we couldn't help but razz him about Bryant's game-winner at the Drew League. Abbott remains unmoved -- having previously debated him, we opted against a rehash -- but that's not the same thing as failure to recognize Kobe's greatness.Keeping in theme with the most recent edition of The Triangle, Abbott offered his opinion on what impresses him most about Kobe's career, titles and records aside. For Henry, it's all about the work ethic. The unquenchable desire to perfect his craft.
  • How great was Kobe's iconic lob to Shaq during Game 7 of the 2000 Western Conference Finals? Abbott picked it as his favorite moment of Bryant's career, and dude is a Blazer fan. From there, a discussion about Kobe's all-around game and how it relates to crunch time.
  • Abbott and True Hoop have extensively covered the lockout with the best of them, so we got Henry's take on what's been thus-far slow and contentious negotiations. I've long maintained a minority opinion that much of we've seen is posturing reflective of being nowhere close to the 11th hour. However, once that time is near, mutual pragmatism will win out before many games are missed, much less an entire season. For what it's worth, Abbott agrees and thinks the stickiest point is how the BRI gets divvied up.
  • Abbott offers the lowdown on his marathon training. And for a PED-like boost, would you rather inject yourself with Kobe's blood or douse yourself with deer antler spray?
  • With Henry gone, we discuss Ron Artest's name change getting tripped up by outstanding traffic warrants, which feels both very "Ron" and "L.A." It's a reminder California will laugh off whatever whimsical name you wanna give yourself or your offspring -- just ask the average Hollywood actor -- but regard unpaid revenue with grave seriousness.
  • Pau and Marc Gasol's shocking-by-American-standards beer commercial. Given the "Ga-soft" tag and the way Pau disappeared in the playoffs, it's fortunate he wasn't hawking some frou-frou umbrella drink.



Nick Young
17.9 1.5 0.7 28.3
ReboundsJ. Hill 7.4
AssistsK. Bryant 6.3
StealsK. Bryant 1.2
BlocksW. Johnson 1.0