Have Lakers lost their allure?

It's conventional wisdom in NBA circles that a free agent, any free agent, would want to play for the prestigious Los Angeles Lakers. The weather. The history. The celebs. Kobe, for at least a little while longer. Then again, things aren't looking so good for the team that once earned the nickname "Showtime."

A win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday got overshadowed by its bizarre finish, in which a little-known rule allowed Lakers center Robert Sacre to remain on the court despite having fouled out (the team had no other healthy players; it was assessed a technical foul). This bumped the Lakers all the way "up" to 17-32 on the year as they await word on Kobe Bryant's health ... and the possible relocation of free-agent-to-be Pau Gasol. Meanwhile, Magic Johnson says he'll happily make calls on his old team's behalf to lure prospective free agents. But shouldn't the team's reputation speak for itself?

  • If you were a top-level NBA free agent, would you want to sign with the Lakers right now?

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      37%
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      63%

    Discuss (Total votes: 106,548)

  • If you were a free agent, would a conversation with a legend such as Magic Johnson be able to affect your decision?

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      60%
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      40%

    Discuss (Total votes: 16,874)

  • What should the Lakers do with Pau Gasol, who is a free agent at the end of the season?

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      61%
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      29%
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      10%

    Discuss (Total votes: 16,167)

  • How many more seasons does Kobe Bryant have as an elite player?

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      48%
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      33%
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      19%

    Discuss (Total votes: 84,040)

  • How surprised are you about the Lakers' struggles this season?

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      5%
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      23%
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      72%

    Discuss (Total votes: 15,577)

  • How would you feel if you were a Lakers fan right now?

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      55%
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      45%

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  • When will the Lakers next make the playoffs?

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      22%
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      38%
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      40%

    Discuss (Total votes: 14,531)

  • What do you make of the rule that allows fouled-out players to stay on the court at the cost of a technical foul if no one else is available on the bench?

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      44%
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      18%
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      38%

    Discuss (Total votes: 14,191)

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