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Lakers News: Jeanie Buss Doesn’t Blame Stern For Vetoed Chris Paul Trade

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With Dr. Jerry Buss’ 81st birthday having passed on Monday, Jeanie Buss recently discussed David Stern and the family’s relationship with the embattled commissioner as part of ESPN’s compilation of Stern anecdotes.

Stern is set to step down from his role as NBA Commissioner on Jan. 31, 30 years after he accepted the position in 1984.

Similar to the treatment Jerry received when he passed away, many are now reflecting on what good-doing Stern did for the league.

Of course to Los Angeles Lakers fans, Stern is widely recognized as the villain who prevented Chris Paul from donning purple and gold for basketball reasons.

However, according to Jeanie, Stern shouldn’t be the fixation of fans’ anger.

Jeanie also likened Stern to her late father in the sense that he too possesses a vision and broad perspective.

With the Lakers just over two years removed from Stern’s brazen decision, Jeanie believes it is time for the franchise to move on.

Jeanie goes on to state her belief in Stern’s awareness of the NBA needing “30 healthy teams to survive” as a key reason why the Lakers were denied the All-Star point guard.

Jerry and Stern were each visionaries who at times may have ruffled the feathers of their contemporaries, but at the end of the day, were interested in the overall well-being of the NBA.
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  • LAL918

    Yes, I agree with Jeanie; why can’t most Lakers fans? I mean, this deal was obviously the best for this franchise but Stern & the other small market owners didn’t think otherwise. I wouldn’t forgive him either for this but he did want parity for the league & he got it, so chances are: Silver will do the exact same thing, unless he favors the Lakers in his 1st year.

    • Matthew Moreno

      I think the main issue was the duel role Stern was holding at the time and the appearance that he caved in when Dan Gilbert applied pressure.

      • LAL918

        Not just Gilbert, but among many other small market owners; Cuban included.

        • Matthew Moreno

          Good point. I referenced Gilbert because of that infamous email.

    • Daryl Peek

      I’m confused on what you’re saying? You first say you agree with Jeanie but then go on to say you would not forgive Stern?!? Is the but on parity in the league a reason to forgive Stern?

      • LAL918

        I mean, it’s business. I’m just as mad as any other Lakers fan when it happened but there’s nothing the Lakers could’ve done to be sure that they would’ve more players to sweeten the deal, then Stern would’ve considered it. They were owned by the league at the time, don’t you see that?

        Sometimes I think that this was a lesson for the Lakers that they shouldn’t burn $$$ to get whatever they want, which was the reason why the lockout ensued. Now we’re in a great position to land possibly a top 3 pick if they keep losing games like this & who knows, since the draft is likely gonna be rigged anyway: the Lakers will probably draft Wiggins, Parker, Embiid, Exum, Gordon, or many others in this class.

        • Daryl Peek

          I’m addressing the forgive part of your point. In agreeing with Jeanie you’re saying you don’t have a problem with what Stern did. Of course she’s not happy with it but no hard feelings as she understands. I agree with that as well.

          Now as for the future. I’m not down with tanking. The top three players don’t automatically mean you’re gonna get a franchise changing player. Kobe is and example of that. The 96 draft was stacked like this one is projected also. Kobe was #13 and is clearly the only franchise changer of the group as pertains to having a dynasty built around him.

          The Lakers will get a great draft pick this season regardless of position IMO. Tanking is a game of chance option that’s not for this franchise. I won’t go into detail why because I already wrote a huge book on why on another LN post today. LOL

          • LAL918

            Yes I understand that but Kobe is a RARE player for a late top 10 pick that ultimately changed the fate of this franchise: a-once-in-a-generation type of player. Look, we can go back & forth as to why tanking is a good idea to most realistic Lakers fans like myself but bad to many like yourself but look at the player’s body language in this team: Kobe knows that this team LACKS the talent to make the playoffs but they still fight hard yet come up short, as evidenced in the last 17 of their 20 games.

            Second, this Lakers team can be LUCKY to get the top 3 pick & maybe more when big trades will come down in the next 2-3 weeks near the trade deadline & if they do get more than 1 or 2 more 1st round picks, even a second rounder in this year’s draft: that’s just fine. There’s no way Silver will allow a great, proud franchise like the Lakers to NOT get the top 3 pick & let the other franchises get them. Effectively as of tomorrow, he can play God in his 1st year & many more so maybe he’ll decide that the Lakers can get more picks to build around.

          • Daryl Peek

            That’s the thing I’m not gonna go back and forth on. The luck of the draw… especially when you never know who may or may not live up to the hype. That’s not realistic at all. What’s realistic is what the team has been doing for over 60 years. Always trying to win and being smart in acquiring extra draft picks and free agents at timely moments. Ask Rick Fox and Brian Shaw what tanking did to the Celtics brand.

          • LAL918

            They’re gonna have to rebuild at some point, Daryl. They can’t keep using their names to get anyone they want these days, personally: I want the Kobe era to be over with.

          • Daryl Peek

            What do you think they’ve been doing all of these years when players like West Kareem and Magic were on their way out? I think you’ve got the history of the team twisted? It’s not living off your royals/name that’s the sole reason the franchise has sustained greatness. It wise moves and a willingness to spend. Wise moves being the key part.

            There’s nothing wise about tanking. The Celtics did so in 96-97 after 5 years of stinking the joint up after the Bird era. This is why I said ask Fox and Shaw. Tanking became their plan to rebuild. They failed at landing Duncan, got Billups a very good player but fell into the trap of tankers as most teams that draft high picks via tanking don’t retain them long term. Fox always speaks on the difference between the two organizations, and his tenure with the Celtics was complete hell as they were mired in the tanking losers mind set. Becoming a Laker renewed his love for basketball. The Celtics were clearly the best organization in the NBA prior to the accepting the tankers theme. The Lakers had hard times in the 90′s but never swayed from the way and that’s why we are now the best organization in b-ball.

            The Celtics lost their air of dominance in tanking. That’s what we stand to lose. Worst to First tanking is still unproven in this league. Dynasty building is a cycle you have to wisely wade through and our model is still the best one. Riley is using it in Miami. Keep in mind the cycle I’m talking about. You can’t leave that to chance. Is there luck in what West and Buss did? YES but It was never via a desperation worst to first ploy. They always rebuilt the right way and it can still, and will be done like that.

          • LAL918

            Regardless, just have faith in this draft, Daryl. Wiggins, Parker, Exum, Embiid, Smart, or any of these top 10′s can save this franchise. Sure, I was aware that the Celtics went through this before but things could be different for both the Lakers & the Celtics. STOP BRINGING UP the past, it’s making you look silly.

          • Daryl Peek

            Saying have faith in a draft is silly. The past is the present way the teams that are winning in this league are doing things. You have no idea if any of those players are gonna be great or if we will even be able to draft them.

            Bottom line this team need to compete and we will draft wherever we end up, and by the look of things it will likely be one of the highest draft picks we’ve had of our own in decades. I have no problem with that. My issue is premeditation in doing so.

          • LAL918

            Look at the players as of now in this year’s draft: Exum’s the best PG in this draft, Wiggins is an excellent defender & is slowly coming towards the hype as a younger version of Lebron, Randle’s been struggling but still has the ceiling of Randolph, Parker’s obviously NBA ready, Smart’s pretty good but is slowly getting a bad rep because he flops, Gordon’s skillset is similar to Blake Griffin, & Embiid will eventually have the skillset of Hakeem Olajuwon.

            Bottom line on my point of view, you seriously think the Lakers will climb out of the bottom of the western conference & make some sort of miracle run? FOH, Daryl.

          • Daryl Peek

            Best of what? What have any of those kids proven? When did I say the Lakers were gonna make a miraculous run? STOP PROJECTING WORDS ON ME! I said they are likely headed to the highest draft pick in decades the way they are playing but I don’t believe in tanking!! If it happens naturally via all of these damn injuries so be it! WeSUCK right now but Kobe Nash and the others will not be held out or adhere to tanking, period. I said they should be competing regardless of where it lands them in draft order. Tanking is for the birds and will NEVER happen premeditated in this organization!

          • Chrmngblly

            This team is better than you think. Strangely, we can’t protect the paint, considering in previous years people feared the Lakers down low. I hope we find a good place for Pau, he’s been good for us or else he’s willing to play for a lot less and come in off the bench. Think of it, between his feet, his knees and his crotch he probably ties up a whole full-time doctor just on his troubles. It is amazing Pau even does what he does. Hill and Sacre need to get a little work in with a defensive minded coach in the offseason. Where is Kareem?

          • Daryl Peek

            When healthy this team is better than advertised. They showed that under D’Antoni early on in the season. Rambis was hired as the defensive guru. According to most Laker fans he was that dude when he coached the D for Phil.

            I’m a huge Gasol fan but his days in a Laker uni are numbered. I hate that its come to this because he has a good 4-5 years left in him.

          • Chrmngblly

            Yeah. What great skills and intelligence. Pau just doesn’t move well anymore. I was hoping that adult stem cell treatment he has been going through would pay off more.

  • Ayleyes

    So Lebron going to the heat wasn’t basically the same thing ?

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