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Lakers News: Jeanie Buss Says Lakers ‘Don’t Need Anybody Else’

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In the aftermath of Phil Jackson signing with the New York Knicks, the Lakers brass has had to answer for the team not bringing the 11-time NBA champion back in some capacity.

The one person that has taken on the task of addressing the fans’ concerns has been the one person closest to Jackson, Jeanie Buss.

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Buss has done the rounds on TWC SportsNet and now on 710 ESPN radio to talk about Jackson leaving for the Knicks and the current direction of the Lakers organization. Jeanie spoke with John Ireland and Steve Mason of ESPN radio on Thursday and let it be known that Jackson simply wasn’t needed via Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters:

With GM Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss running the basketball operations, Jackson wasn’t needed unless one of the two would’ve stepped down. Obviously, that wasn’t going to happen and nor should it.

Unfortunately for Buss, Jackson desired to get back to work and the Knicks were offering $60 million over the next five years. An enormous offer to take over a franchise in which he won two titles while playing in New York. An offer that was literally too good to pass up on.

With the Lakers unable to facilitate Jackson’s need to get back to work, the Hall of Famer making the move to sign with the Knicks makes a lot of sense. It’s unfortunate for the Lakers, but now it’s time to move on and focus on the future of the franchise rather than being unable to bring back Jackson.
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  • Jim213

    Per LA Daily News, Kupcake on coach status:

    “I don’t want to get into that with those kind of questions,” Kupchak said. “He’s
    done a great job and dealt with a year last year when he was here part-time and a ridiculous amount of injuries this year.”

    ?! Lack of defense, bad rotations, and sitting out capable players over others is considered a great job?! But Kupcake won’t admit that giving nash an extension was a bad move too. In denial.

    • JSickman

      Nash extension? Nash was signed to a 3 year deal, and at the time it was worht the risk. They brought in Howard and Nash to try to help Kobe win another championship. It did play out. Fact the organization under Kupchak and Jim Buss has made move that are good, Chris Paul trade vetoed by David Stern, trading for Howard and bringin in Nash. Don’t forget how high everyone was one Howard/Nash/Kobe. I would bet a substantial amount you were happy about it at the time fruitcake, to go along with cupcake…..

      • Jim213

        Mark Medina: LA. still awaiting solid return on Steve Nash deal 12/2013

        Kupchak’s conversation in the 2012 off season with Steve Nash before officially securing him to a three-year deal worth $27 million through a sign-and-trade with the Phoenix Suns sounds ominous. “I got him on the phone. We already made our mind up. But I said to him,

        ‘Are you going to make me look bad by giving you this third year?’” Kupchak told reporters in the 2012 offseason. “He thought I was serious. So he went into 30-45 seconds on why I wasn’t going to look bad and how he stays in shape. Halfway through it, I had to say, ‘Steve I’m kidding. You got the third year already.’”

        Not arguing about bringing Nash in imbecile. It is what it is but not throwing a contract clause or making the third year a team option is foolish,especially given his age. Although, Kupcake isn’t entirely to blame for that but is highly accountable for those moves as GM.

        • Josh

          You don’t put a team option on a hall-of-famer’s contract. It’s a slap in the face. If you’re worried he won’t make it three years, you only offer him two. Nash had managed his health very well over the years, and may well have thrived for three full years if Lillard didn’t break his leg in his second game with the team.

          • Jim213

            No diss to Nash as it’s more of an FO issue. But we see the results now given they wouldn’t likely opted on a possible third year option given the circumstance. But now they owe him the third year no matter if he plays 15 games or none at all next season.

          • Josh

            I don’t see it as a front office issue at all. I see it as an unfortunate injury that no one could have anticipated that has caused lingering effects that even Nash is struggling to overcome. Blaming the front office for Nash’s contract would be like blaming them for Kobe’s current contract because he missed the end of the season and basically all of this year due to a freak accident.

            Injuries happen, and they are unfortunate, but the people who offered the contract before the injury cannot be blamed for making a bad decision.

          • Daryl Peek

            PREACH

          • Jim213

            Smh @ DP, you need help aka JSickman

          • Daryl Peek

            As do you Mr. finger pointer.

          • Jim213

            Smh, NO SPIN ZONE DP! recognize the no spin ZONE

          • Daryl Peek

            Recognize shit happens and you can’t always be in hindsight revision mode trying to asses blame for it. Clean up on isle LN FO castration.

          • Jim213

            lol… good one but tho you see it as bashing the FO (which may likely lead to more resentment) it’s the opposite. Notice that no cussing or vulgarity is being said. it’s more the use of reverse psychology and not personal as some have made it out to be here by seriously talking bad about the FO.

            Like it or not they’re here to stay which isn’t a bad thing. Just keeping honest tho feel it’s angered many but the cause is for the long term benefit of motivating change. But one thing that adds to this is everyone express their feeling about the situation. The one’s who have helped to place a banner atop have the right to express their frustrations but have to keep it on the down low.

            Which goes for FO. It’d had been best if if they’ve just acknowledged that unfortunately some mistakes have been made and moved on. To shut those that seriously bash their own brand if they truly call themselves Lakers fans.Motivation is the key for change but most of this should be forgotten which goes to myself. So tough (pun) close to 3 more weeks and if the ineptness post continues after tell me to shut the f up. How’s that for keeping it real.

          • Daryl Peek

            Everyone’s entitled to their opinion. I don’t trip on that most of the time but I try to keep it fair and balanced. The ineptness brigade is as bad as using vulgar language as it’s a personal attack given all of the info on blame cannot be assessed under the guise of faulty moves in this case. There were too many different factor involved, and there was no clear answer.

            This day was foretold by Dr. Buss himself and the transition couldn’t be seamless. Timing was just bad and that could not be controlled. As Jeanie has said the FO is learning how to work this new CBA given it’s still evolving. I’ve said this in the past also as dynasty building is a cycle of ups and downs. Especially with a big market team like the Lakers. What Pop has done with the Spurs cannot, and would not be tolerated as they have not won a championship in over seven years. It will be interesting to see what Pop does when Duncan is gone. Will they find another like Dr. Buss did or will they fade away like the 90′s Bulls?

            Humble pie is what’s needed as rebuilding is the situation that has been kicked down the road every since 2011. There will be a come up sooner than later IMO. The reboot is always tough

          • Chrmngblly

            Humble pie and a lot less worshipping, DP.

          • Daryl Peek

            The idol is now in NY. You’e on the wrong website.

          • Chrmngblly

            See, Daryl, YOU worship people and things. I don’t.

          • Daryl Peek

            Says the guy mad about Phil’s departure.

          • Chrmngblly

            It was naïve, foolish and wasteful—and the Busses are free to blow their millions any way they want. I would have let Phil walk, too, but I would have hired Magic, as a beard at least partially, it’s true, but he is an easy going guy and he does have ideas that could be reasonably got for a small consulting fee. It’s a good PR move. I am just saying…

          • Daryl Peek

            As Jeanie said “they don’t need anyone else” Dr. Buss let Riley, West, Magic and Phil go. His plan is what they are executing. Jeanie is the self proclaimed boss and she made no effort to bring or make room for Phil for a reason, they all are on the same page as a family and believe in their fathers vision.

            Magic has his place with the Dodgers and Sparks. At this point they have to find their own way and keep blocking out the naysayers like their father told them to. Dr. Buss’s strength was being patient also. In the 90′s he didn’t go off chasing waterfalls as MJ and the Bulls dominated the landscape. He waited patiently for a chance to seize the moment when he could grab a franchise changing player or two.

            Again, rebuilding a dynasty team is not something that happens over night. Too many Lakers fans are spoiled by the reload success. No team/franchise reloads continuously. Sooner or later you have to reboot, and this again is that moment for the Lakers. Dr. Buss chose Jimmy for a good reason and he’s proving Dr. Buss in his deafening silence a midst all of the panic mode chatter and IRE. Would Jeanie be able to take this kind of public beating?

            It’s all about what’s next at this moment in time for the Lakers and retread is not the move. That was another strength of Dr. Buss, his boldness to buck conventional thought. I’d love to see West come back home as a figure head consultant but that’s entirely up to the Buss clan. I’m also curious to see who the next fresh YOUNG brilliant mind is they bring into the fold, be it a Buss family member or outsider. Only time will tell but the LN white noise is too quick trigger in calling for a coup of Dr. Buss’s will to see if they can do anything. He’s only been gone one year. You can say Jimmy has been in charge making bad moves for the last three years but that’s a lie as Jimmy has been involved in FO moves every since 1997 when Dr. Buss set him up to work with Kupchak and West. When West left it was Dr. Buss, Jimmy and Mitch. Now it’s Jimmy and Mitch like it was Dr. Buss and West only Jeanie is the public face of the franchise now. LN has got to let the plan unfold.

          • Chrmngblly

            I may have to impose a word-count limit on you Peek. You take forever to basically say you agree with everything I said, the way I read this.

          • Daryl Peek

            SMH

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          • Chrmngblly

            Yes, Jim, they are here to stay—but hopefully not stay the same. One of Doc Buss’ strengths was that he could “smell the coffee”. These Buss kids are foolish–stuck on stupid some might say. It is aggravating to many, as you can tell.

          • Jim213

            “Blaming the front office for Nash’s contract would be like blaming them for Kobe’s current contract.”

            Smh, can’t compare Kobe’s contributions to the brand to one of the worst franchise pickups for the brand (as results show). A five time champion who’s given his all for the brand itself as opposed to a player who wanted to come to LA to stay close to his family in Phx? (back then as they now live with him).

            It’s business, players are paid for that season only and tho unfortunate he’s only played close to 10 games this season. But your belief is that Nash should be rewarded financially for the following year just b/c he so happened to break his leg with the Lakers his first year? He’s already made good money this season for his lack of play?

            The brand doesn’t owe him anything tho his contract say’s otherwise. As he’s mentioned he’s doing it for the money mostly. Don’t get me wrong my allegiance is to the players but in circumstances like this it’s the franchises that end up hurting by not seriously looking out for themselves. IMO, hopefully nash get’s stretched provisioned (depending on the circumstances for next season tho no diss to Nash) as he shouldn’t have a problem with it since he’s still being paid. It’ll all depend on their off season moves.

          • Josh

            No, my belief is that Nash should be paid the money the Lakers agreed to pay him. I’ve never been a big Steve Nash fan–probably because of those two MVPs he won that should have gone to Kobe–but at the time the trade was made, it seemed fair.

            I really don’t think his contract will be stretched since the Lakers want to maximize cap space the next two years to go after guys like Love and Durant. Anything can change between now and this summer, and a lot probably will, but that is how it looks to me right now. First, let’s see how the rest of this season goes for Nash. I have more respect for him than Kobe right now, as Nash is still trying to get back on the floor and play while Kobe tells us he could play but doesn’t want to.

            Blame Jim and Mitch all you want, but Jeanie has made it pretty clear that she is the one with final say on all decisions.

          • Jim213

            Jeanie has done a good job of managing the overall brand but goes with basketball operation decisions given her inexperience in that area. She’s brought this up herself however Kobe mentioned that he could likely play if it involved the post season.

            But has called the remainder of the season off due in part to needing to condition himself again before coming joining the team. By then there would likely be 5 games remaining in the season.

          • nlruizjr

            it just seems that any player, no matter who, you would tread lightly on contract of they are mid to late 30′s, that just seems like good management but unfortunately Jimbo and Mitch must be entering the Alzheimer territory and can’t remember one day to the next.

          • Chrmngblly

            It is the job of the FO to anticipate the risk and write an appropriate deal. At Nash’s age, there should have been some sort of exception written in his contract to protect the club.
            Also, 3 years is a long contract all by itself, these days in the CBA and also during these tumultuous times on the Lakers.

          • Josh

            If he hadn’t broken his leg and had been able to play at the level everyone expected, you would all be elated with his contract. Less than $10 million a year for one of the greatest point guards ever.

            I’m sick of these forums. I don’t like Mike D’Antoni or Steve Nash, but I find myself forever defending these two because comments about them are just unfair to them. I might have to exercise more self-control and just stop reading comments, which would make coming to this site pointless, because, amazingly, these same dumb comments are more insightful and better writing than the articles. What to do?

          • Chrmngblly

            Actually, I would not be elated. It would be like having 2 Pau Gasols then. If Howard had stayed and decided to play hard, I might, but that was never to be.

            I share your gloom over these forums: the mindless Haters on one hand and the Pollyannas and Butt-kissers on the other. Some of these commenters must be shut-ins or something–like DP, who treats this like a job and is highly offended if he is not bowed down to enough. I don’t know what to do when some people simply refuse to “get it” about some things or when the pomposity of some people is so stingy toward everyone else.

          • Josh

            I don’t follow the healthy Steve Nash = Pau Gasol line. Unless you mean both are all-time greats at their respective positions, a little over the hill but still significantly above average.

          • Chrmngblly

            Yes. And deciding every year whether to keep or trade either of them would have to be agonizing….

          • Chrmngblly

            Total Bullshit, Josh, and total FO malfeasance. Mitch, Jimmy and Jeanie all should be held accountable in any other business. They don’t get to indulge in the emotional drunken binge you advise over Nash’s 3rd year. As professionals, they must protect the team. They just didn’t.

            These guys also have to be judged on the sum of their actions, the pattern.

          • Josh

            In any other business, you could stop buying the business’s product if you decided to disagree with an owner’s decision 2 years after the fact. In the case of Nash’s contract, you have that same right. Just stop watching. You hate the team’s ownership and management so much; just move your allegiance to another team that you respect. It’s okay, no one will think less of you for it, just like they would be okay if you switched from Coke to Pepsi because of ownership malfeasance. Hold them accountable; that’s your job as a customer. There is no one else who CAN hold them accountable unless laws are broken.

          • Chrmngblly

            I was a fan well before the Busses showed up, Josh.

            We Americans get to freely express our displeasure in the world market place of ideas and hope those with any sanity left in the Lakers Organization wise up and that others agree and join with us and rise up. Sometimes there are negativo’s like you, Josh, who try to suppress their fellow Americans and the American way of life and stop our freedom to express ourselves even on something as foolish as basketball. We have to crush people like you, Josh. You are un-American. You are against America. Shame on you. Why don’t you go over to Russia? We don’t need your kind around here!
            :-)

          • Josh

            Nice. Capitalism is the American way–money speaks, If you don’t like what a business is doing, stop giving them your money and stop watching and giving TV networks and advertisers reasons to give them their money. You want to voice your displeasure? That is the only way they will hear you, because I assure you the Buss family does not read the comments on this website.

          • Chrmngblly

            I assure you, the Busses hear about the comments on this website. If there is anything Americans are against, it is being pushed around by the rich. It is one of the reasons this country was founded. We don’t need kings and queens and dukes and duchesses. That’s why we all get to have our say without stooges of the rich, like you, getting to shut us up. Don’t you feel cheap and dirty? You should.

  • Erad

    Please don’t try to sell me this bullshit. Everything’s covered? Yeah, we’re a few dozen games under .500, the brilliant regime in place now lost their best chance at relevance to houston and small-ball, ringless, defensively demoralizing D’Antoni is still the head coach.

    But sure, everything’s fine. The Lakers are rumored to have a chance at Kevin Love and/or Kyrie Irving. Book your tickets to the Finals now people!

    • Josh

      In the front office, everything is covered (except the doctor who keeps all the bionic body parts has gone AWOL). If Phil wanted that position, I guess he could have had it.

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  • Jim213

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    partners to get to get that much closer to our fans and to our players.
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    “We know what the value is to advertisers in a world of 1,000-plus channels to be able to show fans in-game branding.”

  • Daryl Peek

    Now the Phil worshipers are turning on Jeanie? The Jimmy hate is that real! Both Jeanie and Jimmy are executing Dr. Buss’s plan clearly, and many Lakers fans still want to misdirect their IRE. The come up will be sweet and I will not be idle on the Laker FO dissenters.

  • Marty Susman

    We owe our high school coach a big thank you for getting us a great first round pick… Now we need to repay him with a paid for vacation. We need to hire D. Fish & Kareem as asst. coach’s to our new coach, Byron Scott. A full Laker bench of asst.’s & coach. Next we wait till the ping ping ball’s drop & see who we can still get…. In the mean time we need to have informal chat’s with Love to be sure he will leave & come here. We need to do the same thing with K.Irving…We need to know who will come here as a free agent in 2015 so we don’t grab a draft pick at the same position. We also need to remember a few things that should make us feel better…….
    A. Phil might fall on his face as a G.M.
    B. If left alone, Mitch does a good job.
    C. Pau Gasol is going to the Nick’s, how can we put together a sign n trade for him, what do they.can they give us/send us/or get us through a third team for him ??

    • Daryl Peek

      A. Agreed
      B. Jimmy has worked closely with Mitch every since West retired, Mitch has never been left alone.
      C. No comment

      • ra

        A. Only way for Phil to go (in the Dolan machine) is up. If Phil (for some reason) didn’t inflict any positive change on the Knicks, Dolan would def. get the blame for continuing to muck up the works. He has a multi-year track record for this. Phil has 13 rings.
        B. right, Mitch is never alone.
        C. see my comment on ‘next coach’

        • Daryl Peek

          A. you’re using the same misplaced logic most are in hating on Jimmy. Dolan has been meddlesome it seems but where is the solid proof Jimmy has? As we know from B., Jimmy has worked closely with Mitch since West retired, so we can contend he’s had dealings in championship roster building since then. No credit for that huh?

          Phil has the freedom he always wanted in NY. If he fails it’s all on him. As Jeanie said, Phil was never gonna get that FO freedom with the Lakers and Dr. Buss procured that, always did.

          • ra

            I’m not commenting on Jimmy. (don’t be so ‘defensive’ of Jimmy all the time, and bring up his name where it’s not necessary, or even mentioned).

            If you have been paying attention to the Knicks drama (all these years), you might have seen that Dolan’s interference in basketball affairs has led to plenty of difficulties with the Knicks.

            So, with the Knicks organization (not the Lakers, now), Phil can only help the team go ‘up’. If Dolan interferes with that, trust me, we will know about it. Dolan is much more ‘expressive’ and present than Jimmy is (we don’t really know as much about what goes on in Lakers backroom). Heck, it’s NY, what do you expect?

            Anyway, Phil has already helped, and it’s already being perceived as positive. It can’t get worse with the Knicks, so it can only get better (or, stay the same?). If it stays the same, then … no effect from Phil. If it gets better for them (which it will), then Phil can get credit for that. I think he’ll do fine there. Either way, he won’t ‘fall flat’. Don’t believe that for a second.

            13 rings.

          • Daryl Peek

            How has 6 rings translated into FO success for MJ? Phil is the GOAT as a HC in the NBA but FO is a different ball game. Phils’ strength is creating that us against the world mindset with the players VS. all outsiders. That’s a tall task on a franchise level like he’s now embarking on. Even if Dolan keeps out of his way. Phil always had Krause, West or Kupchak & Jimmy to do the FO leg work for him. He’s now that and more. We shall see but it’s awful presumptuous to predict success at this point. Especially given all he has to overcome with the mess there right now.

          • ra

            Yes, overcome the ‘mess’. It can only get better, not worse. So, if it just stays the same, ‘no effect’. If it gets better, ‘credit to Phil’. Simple math.

            Again, it can’t get ‘worse’ than it is now. So, it can only get better (or stay the same). How then, could there be a ‘fall flat on his face?’. Also, you’re defending Jimmy who has virtually no FO experience (on his own). So, all things being equal, you’re giving Jimmy a ‘pass’, and saying ‘wait and see’ for Phil. Phil has decades of basketball experience, and highly intelligent. Do you know that? So, even though you might say ‘well let’s wait and see’, don’t say ‘oh, it’s awfully presumptuous’. It’s un-presumptuous. It’s simple math.

            If X=0. X+1 = 1. 1 > 0. It can only go up.

          • Daryl Peek

            The math is not that simple. If NY fails under Phil he will have failed at his first and only attempt at having full autonomy. That’s a blemish no matter how you try to equate it mathematically. Jimmy does not have full autonomy and never will with the Lakers. What if Melo leaves? How is he gonna fix the salary cap mess? Will name recognition alone in the FO be enough to draw the biggest FA’s, ETC… there are a ton of unknowns Phil has to deal with as the man in NY, he’s never had charge of as the brilliant mind coaching players.

            Wait and see is all you can do right now. Phil has the same pass Jimmy does IMO. The difference is he’s got total control therefore his stakes are higher in potential culpability, and higher in elevation of status if he succeeds.

          • ra

            Phil doesn’t have total control. Have you been following Knicks basketball lately (or, in the last few years?). Dolan ‘steps in’ to GM, coach, etc. decisions, and has been interfering there for years. What makes you think it’s going to be different now?

          • Josh

            I think all we have to go on right now is Dolan saying, “I have been more involved than I ever wanted to be, and now I am stepping away to let someone who knows what they are doing handle the basketball operation.” [Paraphrase of course].

          • Daryl Peek

            But Phil took the job under the pretense he will have total control. Dolan said he has no reason to get in Phil’s way. Will it play out like that? Who knows, but that’s the inception of this marriage.

    • Josh

      I want Byron Scott, but I don’t know if we want the drama that comes with Kareem. Pau is not going to the Knicks. A sign-and-trade MIGHT be possible, but who do we want in return? Chandler? Bargnani? Those are the only options, and I’m not sure Phil wants to start a Knicks rebuild with a contract that big on the books for multiple seasons when they are both expiring next year.

      • Sylvia Ross

        Josh, I agree Byron Scott for the Lakers new coach.

      • Marty Susman

        Pau will take below $5,000,000 & yes, he will be in New York. If you add him to Melo that means Phil can sign one “star’ type to make the big 3….As for us, we can take back Haraday…

        • Daryl Peek

          Below 5 mil?!? LMAO!!!!!

        • Josh

          Hardaway makes like $1 million. If Pau is willing to sign for the minimum, you can be sure he is staying in LA.

          • Marty Susman

            Not with this coach he won’t….

          • Josh

            MDA won’t be back. He may or may not deserve to be fired, but the Lakers need a fresh start next season. They will be very cordial about it, because D’Antoni never got a fair shake, but there will be a new coach next season.

          • Daryl Peek

            I can roll with that. The blame game stuff is what I trip off of.

          • Marty Susman

            Byron Scott will take over with D. Fish as an asst.

  • ra

    Jeanie just said what I did in my previous post (on Phil Jackson). She said, ‘we got this’. (yes, my post was a parody, and I had ‘Jim’ saying that, but it was true in a sense).

    Phil to the Knicks puts ‘all’ the honus on the Buss’s. So, we can’t blame the Jim Buss, Jeanie Buss, Phil drama triangle on anything – it’s all on Jim Buss (essentially) and Jeanie Buss. Best thing for Phil, and the Busses.

    But now what?

    OK, here’s my recomm.: Coach: Lionel Hollins to the Lakers. Lionel helped to optimize talent in Memphis, and brought them to a competitive level. He has a nice balance of offense and defense. With that, we will need Gasol to re-sign, and also this may help bring K-Love to LA. (Hollins likes bigs, and can optimize their skills).

    other-recomms: Van Gundy’s (Stan or Jeff – mostly Stan – he brought Magic to Finals, not a bad resume; Jeff worked with T-Mac, a player who is like Kobe). Doc Rivers (whoops, already taken). Coach K (great basketball mind – team USA Gold). Larry Brown (just to see what he could do – well maybe not).

    non-recomms: George Karl, Rick Adelman.

    maybes: Jerry Sloane (brought many wins to Jazz, but just shy of Championship level).

    BTW, D’Antoni would have turned out ‘great’ if Steve Nash were playing. That was a bust, and D’Antoni’s system, while exciting, does not lead to Championships without the right players running things. He has done a good job with average players, but there is a ‘ceiling’ there. We would need superstars for his system to lead to Championships.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Lakers FO will say whatever they want to cover their own asses.Any business says all the right things when they feel the heat from the customers.And most all of us customers of the Lakers have said some negative stuff this season and now the Buss family is in spin control mode to keep their rep as top organization.Jim Buss is the most hated man in LA it seems and Jeanie is backing her brother up that’s all.

  • Teh Answer

    Don’t need anybody else??? You need ANYBODY ELSE to replace D’antoni

    • DrM

      Any one breathing outside the staple center can replace MDA. Any of the fans on any given night can step in and do better. Anyone on Skype can coach thru a VDO better.

      Need anyone say more?

      • Josh

        In the words of the great Jim Buss, “Ten fans out of a bar” could coach this team.

  • Zimmeredge

    injury or not… Mike D’antoni needs to step out. The worst record in the Lakers history is the only argument that we need to justify this move. if he gets a chance to remain our HC I don’t understand?… i’ve supported him but cut the crap now. he has done a terrific job with most of our players, grooming and auditionning those young kids (except Hill and Kaman he screwed them up). i’ll give him that. but that is all. if we keep him then we are in for another shitty season.
    What? two lottery picks in a row in LA? Are you kidding me? we haven’t seen that in almost 20y.

    • Daryl Peek

      How can you say two lottery picks in a row? Was the team that last season? Is this season over already with them locked into the worst record in team history? Yes we did see back to back losing seasons and it was under Dr. Buss and West. Patience’s ruled the day and all ended up well just as it did before Dr. Buss owned the team.

      Is MDA they guy? I’d say no ultimately but to make him a scapegoat is wrong given the circumstances of his tenure as HC. 92-94 was not mired in injuries.

      • Zimmeredge

        imo if we keep D’antoni we are in for another so-so season. “Great we’ve find out great bench players…oh but we sucked big times with our horrendous record!”.
        two lottery pick in row= our top five pick summer 15.
        another lottery pick nex summer is exactly what we should hope for and expect if d’antoni remains lakers hc.
        MDA is NOT the guy. he has a record for loosing so he is not legit anymore to anybody in the team. He has a record for not being able to manage big egos or silly players or even a simple role player (Hill and Kaman). He has no charisma with the media. i have supported him as much as I can but I have enough of him. he was supposed to audition our kids and then, IF (huge if) post season, remains a lakers… but no that was injuries over injuries over bad decisions over injuries again and over bad decisions. Rotation were horrendous. we talked about in december or january. if you don’t have top of the crop athletes, professional athletes then his system is too demanding. I know that you’ll tell he was 50% before all the injury etc… but he could have predicted that eventually. those were muscular injuries. It means “I am playing too long for what my body is prepared to take”.

        • Daryl Peek

          You can’t nor could not have predicted the injuries. No one was playing ridiculously high minutes this season. Blake and Meeks are the only players that were getting consistent 30 plus minutes all season. MDA often left the bench mob on the floor longer than the starters. What bad decisions? The only player I saw as under used is Kaman. Hill ran out of gas when he was getting big time PT. MDA sat him as he began to hit the wall. Gasol was playing the lowest minutes of his career early in the season and actually wanted more PT but MDA brought him along slowly. Every player that failed to produce over a period of time eventually was sat, and MDA looked for another to step up.

          The injuries are clearly what derailed this season. Again, I don’t think he’s the guy long term either but I will not blame him for what happened this season. No coach could’ve done any better and this is acknowledged by ALL of his coaching peers.

          • Zimmeredge

            at one point hill didn’t even get any minutes.
            he has to go period. excuses or not. worst record in the history, imo it’s about being relevant on your on-court decision. you can’t keep the same loosing team together. the staff and the players are to blame. all of his coaching peers will agree that if he’s fired this summer it would be a legitimate decision.

  • Ted Green

    Biggest Laker fan ever, but everything that could go wrong HAS. It’s Murphy’s Law X 10. Mike Brown and D’Antoni, both godawful, unspeakably bad hires. Giving Kobe almost 40M and paralyzing the cap for no good reason other than a misguided marketing effort… really poor cap management. Kupchak saying they wanted to put a statue of Howard in front of Staples Center…a misread of the player, who didn’t want to be here at all, period. Kupchak saying D’Antoni is doing “a great job”. Horseshit! Does giving up 408 points in 3 straight games sound like a great job to you? Does being last in team defense and last in offensive rebounding? That’s a GREAT job. Does losing to both Philly and Milwaukee AT HOME, the two worst teams ever, sound like a great job to you? If it is, I would hate to see a lousy job. And letting a guy with 13 titles walk? Jeanie can say whatever she wants about the Lakers as a legacy franchise…. she’s also guilty of living in the past. The Knicks just flew past the Lakers as a premier destination with the hiring of Jackson. Chances of Kevin Love signing with the Knicks: 6 or 7 out of 10. Chances of Love signing with the Lakers for the Kobe Farewell Tour? Nearly zero. Biggest Laker fan ever=me. But it’s time for the apologists and homers to wake up and see this for what it is. The Acopalypse.

    • ra

      You mean, Apocalypse Now. ….. ‘the horror …. ‘ , ‘the horror …. ‘

      (p.s., I’ve been a Lakers fan forever, and will always be a Lakers fan).

    • Josh

      Wow, I’m glad we don’t have any fans bigger than you. Lakers Nation wouldn’t be able to contain itself for all the joy and excitement in supporting its team.

      Brown was a terrible hire. We will never know about D’Antoni. Kupchak didn’t say he wanted to put a statue of Dwight out front; he said Dwight could likely earn a statue out front as the next face of the franchise. What do you expect D’Antoni or any other coach to do with this D-League roster that can’t stay healthy? Considering the circumstances, I’d say he’s done a great job. No one is going to the Knicks. That team is more cash-strapped than the Lakers with all the bad contracts they have given out every year.

      No “acopalypse,” just a valley to cross to the next great era of Lakers basketball. We are so spoiled by constant success. I don’t know how fans of any other team handle their teams’ constant failures.

  • Ted Green

    Sorry, I meant they gave Kobe almost 50 million. Even dumber.

  • Sylvia Ross

    Jeanie, you’ve let us know that you are in charge. There’s nothing wrong with that. We ( Laker fans) have put our hearts into this organization. I hope that there is going to be a coaching change. I know we can’t demand anything, but please think about it. LAKERS ALL DAY!!

  • cheetah

    This might be one of the dumbest thoughts in the history of Western Civilization:

    “With GM Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss running the basketball operations, Jackson wasn’t needed unless one of the two would’ve stepped down. Obviously, that wasn’t going to happen and nor should it.”

    Nor should it? You FOOL! Of course it should. Jim Buss has ZERO qualifications to be a GM. He is a silver spoon failure at everything he does. If Jim Buss resigned and let Phil Jackson run things, it would be very bad for Jim’s ego, but great for the franchise and millions of LA fans. So it comes down to his selfishness. He values himself above the franchise.

    If I am a free agent looking to sign a max deal, who would I trust more to evaluate talent and put a good team around me, Phil Jackson and his rings, or joke Jim Buss? The Knicks massively upgraded their franchise.

    If you are a true Laker fan, and not a blind apologist, you want the team winning. Blind loyalty Buss and his yes man Kupchak is for suckers. We need Jim and D’Antoni gone or this team aint going nowhere.

    • antzer

      If its your family business and your dying father had specific instructions, and if you’re Jim … you would give it to Phil? I dont think so buddy … its a family business! You take care of the family n work it out to the best you can.

      • cheetah

        Anzter,

        Think for a minute. Jerry Buss HIMSELF did the same thing. He signed the checks, but let Jerry West do all basketball decisions. Likewise, Jimmy can still be an owner, but he turns over basketball decisions to those who are qualified.

        Under your logic, nobody who is not a family member should have great decision making power. So does the coach need to be family? Or the point guard? Where do you draw the line? Get a GM who knows basketball like Mitch or Phil, and Jimmy steps aside and collects the checks. It still stays in the fam.

        One final thought: If Jim Buss did resign, would even one other NBA or D-League team hire him as their GM, or even as a scout? NO WAY. The man is completely unqualified and incompetent. Nuff said

        • Josh

          Mitch is the GM, not Jim. Jim’s approval is needed because he writes the checks, and even he has to go to Jeanie for final approval. And no one should ever be expected to step down from their job (especially an owner) just because a few fans of his business don’t like him.

    • DrM

      Jackson is a coach. What makes you think Phil would do better than Mitch.

  • Nashir Mohammed

    they need a new coach at the start of training camp, as well as three new starters…starting quality not first year experiments as starters.

  • DrM

    I agree with you Jennie. We just need your good look.

  • Shawn

    And that’s why the Buss Kids need to step out of basketball operations. ” We don’t need nobody else, everytging is covered”. Jeanie smoke something good or she’s on Prozac, Codeine, Morphine, hell I don’t know. But state of denial is one thing the Buss kids are full of boy lol. You and your brothers fucking up Our Team. And yes I used “OUR” because it is the fans team. We by the tickets and sports apparel. We generate the revenue to sort Our Team. So we will not accept blind delusional talk about how we don’t need anybody else to better Our Team or Front office. Everything is not freaking covered Jeanie, oh wait we are covered in the B.llsh.t that’s coming from your mouth. I Love my Team but hate how it’s being ran and not taking seriously by you Buss brats.

  • Shawn

    Jeanie shut up the team I love has become mediocre. Because that approach that you and your big brother have been going with.

    All of you Buss Kids should no longer operate the team. Just be owners in your sky box abd find capable people to run the basketball operations end.

    No more I’m sick of the poor decision making by you guys. Please stop poisoning the Lakers.

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