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Jim Buss Says He’ll ‘Step Down’ If Unable To Turn Lakers Into Contender

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The one person in the Los Angeles Lakers organization that has gotten the brunt of the blame for the franchise’s recent struggles has been Jim Buss. No matter the circumstance or who may actually be to blame, Buss seems to be the scapegoat regardless.

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With the worst season in franchise history coming to a close with much uncertainty moving forward, Buss had some interesting and somewhat bold things to say recently. According to Mike Bresnahan of the L.A. Times, Buss will step down if he’s unable to right the ship in the coming years:

“I was laying myself on the line by saying, if this doesn’t work in three to four years, if we’re not back on the top — and the definition of top means contending for the Western Conference, contending for a championship — then I will step down because that means I have failed,” he told The Times about the meeting. “I don’t know if you can fire yourself if you own the team … but what I would say is I’d walk away and you guys figure out who’s going to run basketball operations because I obviously couldn’t do the job.”

At this point in time, the fans aren’t all that happy with Buss or head coach Mike D’Antoni. Many believe different moves could’ve been made over the last two years to get the team back on track as a perennial title contender, but decisions were made that has resulted in a much different outcome.

Although D’Antoni is currently in the crosshairs of the fans, Buss won’t be far behind if the Lakers continue to struggle next season and beyond. The fact that Buss has given a timetable for the team to rebound shows that he’s willing to embrace the challenge and may have won over some fans in the process.

Only time will tell heading into an uncertain future whether Buss is able to right the ship. The organization is a mess right now, but if any franchise is capable of bouncing back quickly it is the Lakers.
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  • 3339

    i guess it’s good to know that he is serious.
    Jimmy, seriously the first step on the road back to the top is so simple. fire dantoni.

    • Jim213

      There you have it, Jim has stepped up and accepted responsibility. So now all you people need to shut the F up! and let things be which goes for myself. Let them do what they need to do this off season and stand behind your team b/c jobs are on the line atop now. #rollwithit

      • Marcus Franco

        In your opinion do you think that Melo can come to L.A ?

        • independentbynature

          He certainly won’t even consider it if Antoni is the coach.He’s been there and done that.

        • Jim213

          My 2 cents,

          IMO, it really comes down to who’ll be coaching the team and where they land lottery wise. Given certain players have stated that they’ll likely go elsewhere if the coach stays. However, if this happened to occur (coach being dismissed) it’s probable (Melo). Although, the Kobe and Melo ball handling issue comes to mind but Kobe will likely see less than 30 minutes a night. Thus, Melo would still have a big role offensively which may also depend on the offensive style being played IMO.

          Aside of that if Melo would take less pay being around $17 mil per yr then there’s a good chance that Melo may end up in LA, IF FO DECIDES TO GO THAT ROUTE bringing the cap just over $51 mil. But the most important position that NEEDS to be addressed is finding the next starting PG for the franchise. The PG position today is loaded with talent which goes for up comers tho many are signed and may stay with those teams for another 2/3 yrs.

          As if this scenario happened to take place (Melo) and depending on whom they land draft time rather than go after Love I’d strongly consider trying to trade for K Irving
          (if possible, young player). Dan Gilbert (Cavs owner) has gone on record and stated that he’d trade any player who refuses to sign an extension. Irving will be offered an extension during the off season and if he declines the extension there’s no better place for him to land than the Lakers especially if he expects to contend for titles down the road.

          Irving stands to make just over $7 mil for next season so acquiring him wouldn’t hurt the Lakers cap too much especially given that the cap is expected to go up another $5 mil next season. That would place the Lakers cap to just over $58 mil.They’d have enough cap space to sign up to 6 current DEFENSIVE MINDED PLAYERS on the roster (for no more than $10 mil total IMO). They can then go after 1 or 2 PF’s (cheap) and another center.

          But if it came down to it they could offer Pau an $8 to $9 mil per yr contract (w/no trade clause) for 3 years or with a 4 year team option as his salary could possibly be stretched too. No point in stretch provisioning Nash then as the $9 mil would just be paid in one season. Although,
          I’d prefer Nash to take half the free salary and retire as if he can’t play no more than 20 games next season there’s no point in having him on the roster tho would help the team with his knowledge as part of staff IMO.

          However, it comes down to the coach and who they end up acquiring as if they land either Wiggins, Exum, Embiid, or Parker there’s no point in risking the future but it’d prolong the rebuild phase. However, if Melo isn’t an option and wherever they land (draft) it’s best to address the weakest position on the roster (PG) with the most suitable player to fit the team’s future plans.

          After reading Jim’s comments there no point in rebuilding for the next 3 to 4 years if no conference/title contention is involved. Thus, look for some moves to be made this off season or the next. Wouldn’t mind going for Bledsoe but the Nuns have stated they’ll match any offer down the road.

          • Marcus Franco

            Yeah I’ve heard that about Bledsoe too but I think it’ll be a little hard to Irving land in L.A since we don’t have attractive player to make the trade and I think depending in what draft pick we take wouldn’t be a good idea trade it for Irving but if that happen in some way would be awesome have Kobe and Irving together. The Success between Kobe and Melo about handle ball will depend in what coach will land in L.A in my opinion.
            thanks.

          • Jim213

            Outside of the top 4 it’d be good to consider a trade option to try to land a young star pg. At best it’ll take 3-4-5 years to observe the possible potential of a young draft pick if it actually happens. IMO, outside of the top 4 don’t see too much with rewards to long term value. Unless, FO decides to trade down to acquire a 2nd rounder aside of a lower 1st rounder.

            But if Irving doesn’t sign an extension with the Cavs and happens to remain with them or gets traded elsewhere without agreeing to an extension chances are good that the Lakers would be a strong suit for Irving. But IMO the coach position and where ever they land come draft time may likely influence FO’s decision.

      • Robert L. I.

        You need/should just shut it up. The only thing I’ll accept is Jimbo stepping down.
        Jimbo must go he’s done enough already, which understandably you’re clueless about that train wreck. I can’t blame you though because LA sport media has dragged you there.

        • Jim213

          Clueless, he owns part of the team troll. Better stop hitting the pipe and using your brain. If he steps down it’ll be out of being Vice President of Basketball Operations but he’ll still have say on matters. You might as well root for the clippers if you can’t rollwithit b/c things may not change if he succeeds down the road.

          • Robert L. I.

            What are you talking about? Have the brand suck! Obviously you don’t read. Maybe you should before making dumbassed statements. I’ll fill you in, The Lakers just ended the worst season in their entire history. I’m pretty sure the brand sucks. But okay. If Jimbo cared about the Laker brand so much then he would have known about a well known rule that you can’t announce a trade till league offices and every owner sign-off. It’s a simple rule, but Jimbo went around the rule. Now that player plays for the Clippers, his name…Chris Paul.

            Jimbo might be an owner, but he needs to step down from Basketball Operations and hire people that understand basketball and NBA rules.

            Now go study your abc’s, learn to read, study L.A. Lakers history for the past 15 years, then comment. Oh! Just say no to drugs and good luck on your recovery.

          • Josh

            What are you talking about? No trade would ever happen if all 30 owners had to agree to it before it could happen. The CP3 trade was a mess because the league owned the Hornets. So when Cuban and Gilbert got mad that the Lakers worked out a fair deal for Paul, they whined and convinced David Stern to veto it. Buss didn’t “go around” any rule.

          • Jim213

            “Jimbo must go he’s done enough already,” For this to happen the Lakers will need to stink for the next 3-4 years. Use your head, but I’ve been one of the biggest critics of Jim since last summer. However, since he’s putting his job on the line I’m not going to hate on him since he’s accepted accountability.

            Mistakes have been made that have hurt and left the brand stagnant. Brought up the CP3 deal move last year as don’t care care if jim stays or goes as long as they don’t repeat their past bad mistakes and keep the brand at the top. Don’t like it roll out!

    • comrade24

      Hoping this is a sign that FO has a clear direction. Despite the awful season it’s an exciting time to be a Lakers fan because of the multitude of options the team has. Look at all the posts on various articles outlining possible trade/draft scenarios. Some of them realistic, some ridiculous, but the point is there are lots of options to get back to title contention and quickly. Those who would say that this is going to be a long rebuilding project must not have been Lakers fans very long. The FO has a history of reloading quickly, they’ve prepared for this moment for years and we just have to trust and hope that sound decisions are made going forward regarding player signings and the coaching staff. Go Lakers!

  • kookiebuger

    I hope this doesn’t mean he will throw money out frivolously at players
    that will barely help the Lakers like Deng,Monroe,Lowry,etc. or that he
    will trade their 2014 1st round pick for Love.

    • lkrpwr

      first intelligent comment I’ve read on LKNat…I hope you share my feelings about Scott and Rambis…another big mistake

      • kookiebuger

        What do you mean? Byron Scott? Do you want them to be the next head coach for the Lakers? If so then I don’t know, Rambis was the coach for the Wolves and the lead them to a 32 -132 record in 2 years which is concerning it could be low because a lack of talent or he might not be a great coach. Byron Scott has had more success with the Hornets but I don’t know enough about either coach to say yay or nay.

        • independentbynature

          Are you forgetting two finals appearances with the Nets?Losing to the Lakers and Spurs……No one could win in Cleveland after LeBron left.

          • kookiebuger

            I did not know that.

          • Robert L. I.

            Just a small fact, Cleveland didn’t win when LeBron played there either. As I remember Jim Buss hired that average coach when there were 3 top notch coaches available. But noooooooo! Jimbo hired Brown. Just horrible, horrible!

        • lkrpwr

          I say NAY to both of them…

      • vdogg

        who would you want to coach the team then??

        • kookiebuger

          The Lakers should target a young exciting coach like Kevin Ollie who is respected by players like KD and brings this winning culture with him from what I’ve read.

          • getawin

            Brian shaw was respected by Kobe but I knew he would he blow.

          • lkrpwr

            agree

        • Jose Grajeda

          I think jerry sloan should coach the lakers he is a really good coach

          • comrade24

            No one has mentioned Lionel Hollins. I think he’d be the perfect coach
            for the Lakers. Jerry Sloan isn’t interested in coaching and if he were i
            don’t think he could handle the media pressure in LA

        • lkrpwr

          I know that they are not available but we need a guy like Tom Thibodeau or Vogel (despite not doing to good lately)…I’d even consider Marc Jackson…Sam Cassell??? he was tough, was a leader and new how to play…Scott as a Laker was a chocker in the playoffs and Rambis was not even a role player…and a joke as a coach…need some creativity

    • getawin

      why not trade the 1st round pick for Love especially if its the 6th-10th pick!!!(thnxs a lot lakers for winning those last 2 gms) However I have a gut feeling that the lottery will be fixed for the Lakers. Not saying #1 pick but hopefully top 4

      • kookiebuger

        The Lakers need young talented players, they might not get Wiggins,Emiid,Parker,Exum,Randle but Smart, Vonleh,Gordon can still become talented players losing that for Love who can leave in 2015 as a free agent to a team in much better situation like the Bulls will just set the Lakers back further.

        • marlou anthony lorica

          I think Adreian Payne is more fitted in laker roster,he can replace ryan kelly

      • lkrpwr

        Love will be available the following year…trading the pick for him is like giving two picks for Nash…Love will be a Laker in 2015…

        • J Taylor

          How do you know that he’ll come to LA?
          We all hope and believe that’s true, but it’s not a guarantee.

    • Robert L. I.

      Kookie, I agree with your sentiment completely. But Jim Buss already did just that by paying Kobe 35 million plus. Tying the Lakers hands. What must be asked is, “When will the buffoonery stop”?

    • Josh

      If it brings them into championship contention, what would the problem be?

  • Sylvia Ross

    Jimmy, I hope this means that dantoni is gone.

  • vdogg

    jimmy, what can i do to change that “three, four years” to three or four weeks? lemme know.

  • ra

    ok, now I feel bad. I’m waiting for his decisions to pay off, and the combination of injuries & other logistic problems have really been bad timing for him and Jeanie.

    Mitch Kupchak’s exit interview was inspiring. He demonstrated some of the Lakers’ landmark philosophies, including the ‘integrity’ to hold on to a ‘soon to be bailing’ Dwight Howard, even though they could have gotten trade value before the end of February last year. They demonstrate faith in players, including Kobe Bryant, signing him to a 2 year contract (Kupchak said they were limited to 2 years because of the CBA).

    The Lakers stuck to their philosophy, and it ended up creating a difficult situation for them (not to mention the CBA). This must be really tough for Jim & Jeanie – not only their fathers’ passing, but the ‘strange’ injury to Steve Nash, the problems with DH, the backlash from the CP3 fiasco (thanks, ex-commish), the screwy CBA, etc.

    I don’t ‘really feel’ that sorry for multi-millionaires, but this is the Lakers, OUR Lakers. Maybe Jim & Jeanie are all we have left to keep the Buss legacy alive. The Buss’s brought us through Showtime, Shaq/Kobe, & Kobe/Gasol. What a treat. How lucky we all were.

    I’m rooting for them. Yes, this season sucked, but for Jim to be offering up that statement, it shows me that they are serious, and maybe really trying hard in spite of the difficulties of managing a team.

    We (Lakers + Lakers Nation) will be on top again !!!! I’m sure of that now.

  • Eric

    I’m not on his team simply cause makes a Pariah like statement. Dr Buss did not draft Magic or make the Kareem trade. He inherited these superstars that won championships. So he didn’t have the learning curve that his son has. Dr buss grew into the great decision maker that created this Laker awesomeness. We never questioned Dr. Buss before. So why do we continue to question him now. Dr. Buss said his son Jim is the guy. So let’s just trust in the fact that Jim was chosen by the great Dr. Buss and that’s all there is to it.

    • Magicman32

      Respectfully, Jerry Buss DID draft Earvin “Magic” Johnson. Jack Kent Cooke was leaning toward Sidney Moncrief. Jerry Buss told Jack Kent Cooke, no Magic, no deal, draft Earvin Johnson or I will not buy the Lakers. Jerry Buss knew a diamond when he saw one. Respect, Peace, & go Lakers

    • independentbynature

      I see no reason to “trust” nepotism.Dr. Buss knew enough to listen to those who knew more about basketball than he did.So far,Jimmy isn’t listening.If he can’t admit his mistakes(ANTONI),then he doesn’t deserve any trust.

  • Gregory Choa

    Yeah, saw this article by Bresnahan in the LA Times this morning…good read – it’s nice to hear more from Jim Buss. But, with all due respect, forgot about 4-5 years…if he can’t get things turned around before Kobe retires over these next TWO seasons, he needs to step down then, not later.

    • Chrmngblly

      At least Jeanie graduated from college.

      {http://thedailysportsherald[dot]blogspot[dot]com/2014/03/jim-buss-timeline-and-decline-of-lakers[dot]html}

      Drop all the brackets and put a dot where it says dot.

      All about Jim Buss. Good read. You decide.

    • Shannon

      I’d be ecstatic if they could win a ring for Kobe’s last season so he can go out on top. It seems almost impossible right now but things in the NBA change very quickly. Ask the 2011 Mavericks.

      • Gregory Choa

        Shannon, I understand that the prospect of seeing Kobe and the Lakers contend for a 17th banner and his 6th ring in the summer of ’16 may seem a little remote at the moment, but I think the Lakers are going to be able to re-tool quicker than most think. The key is patience, prudence and due diligence. Let’s be smart with this asset that is the early pick in this summer’s draft, let’s be smart about this newfound maneuverability under the salary cap moving forward, and let’s be smart about assessing the free agency market over the coming TWO offseasons.

  • Lakers Fan

    Great to see Jimmy finally start taking the right steps toward redeeming this organization. First things first, fire D’Antoni. Once that gets done, we start focusing on the new coach, free agency, and the draft.

  • JohnSmith00

    His first priority should be to let Mitch do what he does best and know when to intervene when it comes to player acquisitions and movement.

  • TheTruthKills

    I like that he’s finally acknowledging the situation. He has failed thus far in his tenure and is aware of it. That is the first step. 3-4 years is more than long enough to create his vision of the Lakers. I was already predicting a 4 year rebuilding period.

    He’d be fine if he just let basketball minds make basketball decisions, but he insist on overly involving himself. It’s sink or swim now and failure is unacceptable. It seems like he’s starting to get it. Now we wait and see.

    • J Taylor

      If they can’t turn it around in 2 seasons they have major problems at the top. Especially when the entire roster salary turns over in 2.
      Next year they should make the playoffs and might be able to make the 2nd round.
      Add love and they might be championship worthy.
      At that point, Kobe’s set to retire and Durant is a free agent.
      All of this is WITHIN 2 years, and Durant at the start of the 3rd.

      • TheTruthKills

        I’m just keeping things in proper perspective. I never liked Jim Buss, but as each day goes by I am constantly having to remind myself that this is a new era. This isn’t Dr. Buss’ Lakers. Jim has to deal with a new CBA, a weakened Lakers brand, and do all of this while not having the clout his father had. If you really expect Jim to turn this thing around in 2 years you’re setting yourself up for a lot of frustration and disappointment.
        With that said, how many teams have gone from awful to contender in 1-2 years? The most recent team I can think of is the 08 Celtics when they put the Big 3 together. The problem is we don’t have the assets to pull deals off like they did or a franchise player that’s still in his prime and willing to sacrifice his numbers for the team. A lot of people seem to think Kevin Love=Championship, but I can’t put a lot of stock in a player that has never lead his team to a .500 or better season. He’s not worth trading a draft pick for. It’s best to wait until next summer if we still want him. There aren’t any guarantees in free agency (Dwight taught us that). So next season could be even worse than this season. Durant is the longest of long shots. If he wins a title in OKC he won’t leave. And if he wanted to leave he’ll want to step right into a winning situation.
        Like I said, 3-4 years is reasonable for Jim Buss to build his vision of the Lakers or fail doing so. Demanding that he does it overnight will only result in your own frustration. He isn’t his father, let’s stop treating him like he is.

        • Chrmngblly

          And why is it we don’t have the assets to use to pull off trades like Boston did? It is because of the Buss botches just recently with CP3, Nash and Howard plus 2 bad coaches and the PJ jail break to NY.

          So what is JB really saying? He basically wants a do-over for the last 4 years plus another 4 years to try to get it right. This sounds like my alcoholic father saying he will never drink again.

          Of course, he thinks he can run the Lakers–don’t we all? This is just like when a younger Jim Buss wanted to go to jockey school in spite of being 6-1. I would like to hear from Jeanie why the Buss family thinks this beach bum who has never succeeded at anything else, ever, is qualified to have this job. At least Jeanie graduated from college.

          {http://thedailysportsherald[dot]blogspot[dot]com/2014/03/jim-buss-timeline-and-decline-of-lakers[dot]html}

          You decide.

          • TheTruthKills

            That article was a good read. I knew mist of the info but it was informative nonetheless. But it doesn’t change the fact that he’s going to be here for at least four more years. Jeanie won’t stop him. All we can do is wait and see.

          • Chrmngblly

            We’re going to know in 2 years if there’s any hope. Another 2 years like the last 2 and the franchise will be down for a long time. I really hate nepotism.

  • independentbynature

    A good start now would be to admit your mistake and fire Antoni,Jimmy.It’s a no brainer.Maybe you were too young to remember,but showtime did not include ignoring defense.

  • wiltthestilt

    You really think AEG and Time Warner are gonna give Barney Fife 3 or 4 years before they send him back to Mayberry?

  • Lakers4Life

    It’s easy to “say” and not “do.” First move is to just fire that little pringle prick Dumbtoni, which should come very, very soon my fellow Laker fans :-)

    • vdogg

      from your lips…

  • wiltthestilt

    AEG and Time Warner arent waiting 4 years for Tommy boy to figure it out.

  • john

    hey jim let me push the button to the escalator, it’d help both of us out.

  • J Lee

    Jimmy should just enjoy his trust fund and hire someone else to help Mitch run the team and deal with other GMs and FAs. Three four years are too late. He should just walk away right now. Free Agents don’t want to come to our team bc Lakers is dysfunctional…

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Fair deal from Jim Buss stay if team can contend if not he steps down.Sad if things don’t work out and the team is sold but it’s just business anything is possible.I respect his approach on this statement he made.

  • Robert L. I.

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

    Recently I was listening to am radio… It doesn’t matter which show it was, they all do it. The “it” I’m speaking of is how the Lakers lost Chris Paul because of David Stern nixing the trade. What 99.9% of L.A. media is reporting incorrectly is, the Lakers lost the Chris Paul trade because of Jim Buss’s ignorance of NBA rules.

    Before teams may announce of a trade thru the media the NBA & it’s owners must give the sign-off/approval. Jim Buss was either (I’m guessing here) too excited or too ignorant to wait for the blessing. Which btw every team knows and adheres to. So when L.A. radio jocks try to spin it any other way just remember those jackasses are either just as ignorant of the rule and what happened, or they’re horrible at journalism. I choose the later.

    There are a number of great articles you can Google by Sports Illistrated. I think the 1st being around 1999 and in the early 2000′s that explain so many of Jim Buss’s foibles (including why Jerry West departed). You can get a sense of who this clown is. The things he believes and the moves he’s made that by now we shouldn’t have/need to wait for him to step down. He should/must do it now. He has a 15 year track record. Believe me this didn’t happen over night as he would like you to believe, and apparently L.A. sport media is clueless about.

    Jim do the right thing. Fire D’Antoni, and then step down. Fans have had enough. The worst Lakers team in history. Dumb assed Dj’s telling me to root for the Clippers. Are you kidding me?You jackass!

  • Gary Payton

    I think fans wouldnt chase him with a pitchfork and torches if he not only said it in an article, but at least approach the media like his sister has and mitch has. Sometimes what an article says, can be distorted and it could be the words of someonone else.

  • J Taylor

    Why would an owner get a longer chain than any other employee?
    And an owner/employee who has a proven record of poor performance?
    2 Years – that’s it.

  • Futility Is Jim Buss

    Might as well step down today.Save us from you’re awful moves,spare us the fans from going through losing seasons.Just step down now or else sell the team to a LA firm of investors that can actually bring the Lakers back to prominence in the NBA.Jim Buss has made so many mistakes the way the Lakers sell draft picks and trade picks is just idiotic.

    The last 2 coaching hires were awful.The Lakers team was woeful this past season.Now all the moves factored in and he trades 4 picks for a soon to be 40 year old injured washed up white Point Guard and he signs that old man to a 3 year near thirty million dollar contract then he trades Andrew Bynum and a first rounder to Orlando for Dwight Howard knowing that D12 had cold feet about coming to play for the Lakers then he knew Dwight was going to be a unrestricted free agent and yes he did leave the Lakers despite the Buss promoted D12 Stay campaign.

    The Lakers defense is at a all time low for the franchise and the Lakers are terrible at rebounding the ball and the talk is of Mike D’Antoni returning that is just admitting the Lakers are staying in futility for a long time.Time to step down Jim Buss the retard it’s over for the Lakers until he leaves office.Better keep the draft pick or else this city will be outraged and oh yeah the Kobe Bryant extension is a big waste of money forty eight million and a half bucks to be exact.

  • Futility Is Jim Buss

    GTFO Jimmy Buss.Damn Jim Retard.

  • Jim Buss Fan Club

    It’s not all the fault of Jim Buss as we all know everyone has a hand in this mess.That does for Jeanie Buss who i think is a idiot for many reasons she just lacks basketball knowledge and she overpaid 35 year old Kobe Bryant way too much money as we all know a player still injured and on IR from Achilles Tendon surgery is worth nothing or at the most the veteran minimum yet this dumb broad pays Kobe $48.5 million dollars over the next 2 seasons dumb decision.The Mitch fights Jim Buss on trading Pau that’s highly questionable.Jim Buss is the only smart one in the entire Lakers organization and i guarantee you he will fire Mike D’Antoni in a split second if he thinks it will benefit the team in any way.Jim Buss is ready to fire Pringles the timing is after they meet he will bitch slap Mike D’Antoni and his gay brother Dan right out of town.

    • Chrmngblly

      What a turd.

  • Jim Buss Fan Club

    Hail to the victor Jim Buss.

  • Richard

    No time for hating LakersNation fans. Cheer up and enjoy the playoffs. Time to have faith, be positive and get ready for the excitement of a Brand New Season. We should expect lots of improvements in the next season.

  • Chrmngblly

    {http://thedailysportsherald[dot]blogspot[dot]com/2014/03/jim-buss-timeline-and-decline-of-lakers[dot]html}

    Drop all the brackets and put a dot where it says dot.

    All about Jim Buss. Good read. You decide.

  • James Allen

    Why Wait 3-4 years if so 2 already have passed!

  • Lakers24

    I think people are missing what he is saying, he said he was laying everything on the line WAS which mean when his father passed which was 2 or 3 yrs ago that they are going to be contenders in 3 or 4 yrs. Lakers FO will not have a bad season like this next yr that’s not what we are known for

  • CISCOlution

    Jim Buss has been put in a position which I don’t see many. His father selected a coach, which many do not like and STILL put the blame on him. D’Antoni is another. Let’s look across the league, did anyone else have as many injuries as the Lakers? I bet not. I’m willing to give him one more year, but quit the CRYING already. A TRUE Lakers fan KNEW this wasn’t gonna be fixed in 1 year and STFU, Phil Jackson would have lost more games IMO. Had everyone remained healthy, Lakers would have been a top 6 playoff team in the West, I really believe it. It’s easy to b*tch and moan after the fact. Lakers will be alright, and be back.

    As for PG, I think the ones Lakers have are alright. None of the potential PG mentioned have a ring… NONE! Only “star” PG with a title in the NBA right now is Tony Parker… That’s it! Get some defenders with game (i.e. Trevor Ariza, etc.)

    And in case they DO decide to fire the coach, how about Derek Fisher?

  • Jay Brodes

    he should fire dantoni stat..i will not have any faith in jimmy til he cans pringles.. he is 0-3 in my book right now! hiring mike brown, firing mike brown which was not the wrong decision but phil wanted to come back and he took dantoni..letting shaw go to denver! not a good look=no faith!

  • Jay Brodes

    dont trade the pick and hope silver fixes the draft aka lord stern..jabari will look great in purple and gold!

  • MRBIGGK70

    I can’t wait til spring 2017 so we can get the next big free agent vice president of basketball operations hits the market !!!

  • Robert L. I.

    I find it offensive when a member of the “media” tries to whitewash the Jim Buss era and calling him the scapegoat. How dare you!

    I find it offensive when a member of L.A. sport “media” tries to downplay Jim Buss’s roll as if his incompetence has only been affecting the team for the last two years. How dare you!

    I’m not moved by Jimbo’s statement “he’ll step down in a couple of years”. He needs to step down today. L.A. so called “sport media” must stop glossing over the horrible impact J.B. has had on the Lakers going on 15 years.

    And if L.A. “media” doesn’t have a clue as to how incompetent J.B. has been, then go back and learn how to be journalists. How dare you!

  • Jon

    Um yeah Jeanie gave the same timetable on a radio interview 2 months ago stating that if the team did not turn it around in 3 years she would depose her brother and move on.

  • Nightwing

    I doubt this will happen. say we do suck for the next 3-4 years, like Buss will really just step down? Highly doubted he will just step down, its just a way for him to acknowledge he takes some responsibility. that’s a pretty long time frame. He might have as well just said 10 years.

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