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Jim Buss Helping, Not Hurting The Lakers As Team Moves Forward Reviewed by Momizat on . Here’s a pleasant surprise for Laker fans: Jim Buss is not an idiot. No, really, I mean it. For years, if you turned on talk radio, or read stuff newspaper peop Here’s a pleasant surprise for Laker fans: Jim Buss is not an idiot. No, really, I mean it. For years, if you turned on talk radio, or read stuff newspaper peop Rating:
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Jim Buss Helping, Not Hurting The Lakers As Team Moves Forward

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NBA: Los Angeles Lakers-Press ConferenceHere’s a pleasant surprise for Laker fans:

Jim Buss is not an idiot.

No, really, I mean it.

For years, if you turned on talk radio, or read stuff newspaper people like, say, me wrote, you got the impression it was the owner’s kid who screwed up the Lakers, culminating in his decisions to let arch-nemeses Phil Jackson walk in 2010 and to hire Mike D’Antoni instead of Phil in 2012.

Actually, Jim’s father made both of those decisions.

There’s a moral here: Even greats – and Jerry Buss was the greatest NBA owner of them all – screw up.

There definitely was a time after his father brought Jim into the organization in the late ‘90s when he looked like he was ticking, like a time bomb.

I used to compare it to Jed Clampett turning the Beverly Hillbillies over to Cousin Jethro as often as I could get it in the paper. I even heard that Jerry once laughingly addressed his son as “Jethro.”

Jim was supposed to apprentice under GM Jerry West but he didn’t show up in the office every day, or many days, as if it was a real job.

—- Go through the journey along with the Lakers starting line-up with this wallpaper! —-

As opposed to hanging out with Laker staffers on scouting trips, Jim took his friend, Chaz.

Showing how clueless Jim was to;

1) Think it, and

2) Tell a writer, Jim told Sports Illustrated’s Franz Lidz, who wrote the definitive story on the Buss kids, “evaluating basketball talent is not too difficult. If you grabbed 10 fans out of a bar and asked them to rate prospects, their opinions would be pretty much identical to those of the pro scouts.”

mike brown- jim bussIf Jim knew a lot about what went on in bars, as far as the NBA was concerned, he sounded like Pete from the San Fernando Valley, calling up to sound off on the Lakers’ problems.

Nevertheless, Jim was part of the decision-making process by 2004 when his father traded Shaquille O’Neal and showed Jackson the door for the first time, to keep free agent Kobe Bryant.

As far as debuts went, Jim’s didn’t look too good when a story got out about Jim telling his sister, Jeanie, that Rudy’s five-year, $30 million deal was what good NBA coaches made.

As if. It was the biggest contract in coaching, matching what they had paid Jackson, coming off six titles in Chicago, to win three more in his first Laker stint.

Worse, the leak came from someone close to Jeanie with a fondness for emailing press people, tipping off the in-house rivalry.

Nor did it help when the new era got off to a disastrous start as the team went 34-48, and Rudy T. went over the hill.

Actually, Tomjanovich’s departure was a stroke of luck. Rudy T., a recovering alcoholic who was alarmed at his stress level as he tried to live up to Laker expectations—they didn’t want him to even use the “R word” for “rebuilding”–high-tailed it out of here, leaving behind his five-year, $30 million deal.

And making it possible to rehire Jackson.

At that point, Jim was thought to be skeptical of Kupchak, who was then under the gun all around, with a season ticket holder at a “town hall” meeting asking Mitch to resign to his face.

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Mark Heisler, 2006 winner of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame's Curt Gowdy Award, writes for Sheridanhoops.com, HoopsHype.com, TruthDig.com and Huffingtonpost.com, as well as Lakers Nation. | Follow @MarkHeisler

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1327316952 Lora Higdon

    No matter…I still lay the bulk of the blame on the idiot son, Jimbo.

  • Ne0

    Jeannie should be the one in charge of the Lakers Organization not Jim.

  • Ed Chavez

    Jim is an idiot, anyone else see an owner wearing a baseball cap every time they are shown on TV ? Get junior out of here, we hate him.

  • Reynolds

    This is a slap in the face the fatherr died last week made numerous descionss that have lead to titles while the son whho has done nothing but run laker brand too the ground slides with a pass where is this coming from his personal p.r man really we have no choice in lakerland nowyou give excuses moving fowward this is why hhe and laker brand are idiots now and I find this article to bee a joke of which my lakers are bbecoming givve the reins to jeanniie hire phil beforee its rreally toooo late!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/noahdeeakili Noah Deeakili

    You can try and shuffle the deck to hide his card all you want… & We will pull it every time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Zhang/626903676 Steve Zhang

    There is a reason why Jerry Buss removed all Phil Jackson influences from the Lakers. To ensure that his sons stay in power, especially when Phil already has Jeanie in his pocket. This may look like a selfish move, but put ur feet in Jerry’s shoes, you will do the same to ensure your family stays in power and they suppose to, because Lakers belongs to Buss family.

    • KcS

      No, if I was Jerry I’d simply hire Phil Jackson but not include him in my inheritance will. Lakers win another championship this year AND the Lakers still remain within my family. So easy IMO.

      • http://www.facebook.com/carl.reed.144 Carl Reed

        no not that easy phil wants more and the lakers were around before phil and will be after you cant bank a franchise on one person

  • KcS

    Mark Heisler you look just like Coach D’Antoni aka Mr. Pringles.

  • Jay

    Hes destroying the Lakers!

    • http://www.facebook.com/carl.reed.144 Carl Reed

      No fans like you are

  • TheTruthKills

    You’re right. Jim isn’t an idiot. He’s a stubborn imbecile who’d rather watch the Lakers burn by doing things his way then by winning the right way.

    • http://www.facebook.com/carl.reed.144 Carl Reed

      what has he done so wrong

  • michael

    Jim Buss must sell the Lakers. He is an idiot! Please Jeannie. Take over for your imbecile brother. And while you are at it; fire Mitch Cupchack. Mike Brown and Mike D’Antoni are horrible, and now they are paying two idiots to coach one team. I can’t believe Cleveland hired him again. Phil Jackson or Mike Krezsevski were the better candidates, or even Brain Shaw. We could have secured Andre Igoudala if Howard hadn’t taken so long. James Hardin is overrated.

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