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Dr. Jerry Buss is widely considered as one of, if not the greatest owner in the history of sports. When he passed away last year, it hit not only the Lakers, but the entire basketball world extremely hard.

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Now that the team is in the care of Jim and Jeanie Buss, things haven’t gone too well for Los Angeles’ premiere team and they have taken a lot of flak for that.

The Lakers do still have one star in Kobe Bryant, and, as he told CNBC, he understands the adjustment period the Lakers are going through right now:

You’re talking about one of the greatest owners, if not the greatest owner of all time in any sport and so it’s a tough act to follow [...] you have to figure out, you know, what the leadership style is going to be going forward; what our culture is going to be going forward and that takes a little time, but we’ll get there, though.

At times, it has seemed that Bryant has put a lot of pressure on the Buss family to turn things around immediately, but it is with quotes like this that it becomes obvious that Bryant believes in this organization.

Someone else who believes in the Lakers is Bryant’s former teammate Shaquille O’Neal who also told CNBC how he believes the Lakers can turn things around:

Jim is capable, of course. Jeanie is capable, but you know where they thrived was where they hired the Jerry Wests, the Bill Sharmans, other people like that [...] So I think it’s, you know, time they evaluate and maybe hire somebody smarter or, you know, do things a little different.

Shaq makes a very good point. You see many new front office people continually being taken from teams like the San Antonio Spurs or Oklahoma City Thunder because they are building up great new young executives.

Maybe it’s time for the Lakers to have some fresh blood under GM Mitch Kupchak and learn from him the same way he learned from Jerry West.
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  • TheTruthKills

    The only two people on this planet that think Jeanie and Jim are capable. Shaq had part of it right though. Dr. Buss surrounded himself with basketball minds like Jerry West and Bill Sharman. Guys who knew the game and knew how to win. Jim Buss basses his decisions on ego and pride. He’d rather fail his way then succeed with someone else’s methods. And Jeanie just sits back and lets him run the team into the ground because it was Dr. Buss’ dying wish that Jim runs basketball operations. It’s sad to see them destroy everything their father built.

    • pcf

      U realize dr buss asked west to mentor jim since 2000 so jim been real involved in all 5 titles right?

      • TheTruthKills

        You do realize that Jerry West basically left because of Jim right?

        • pcf

          read pages 180-184 of west by west and you will see jerry left because of phil totally dissing him as well as dr buss. As far as phil he would walk by jerrys office and never say a word,and jerry says phil didnt want him around and had “absoluely no respect” for the logo..Maybe since he was bangin dr bs daughter he didnt think he needed to listen to greatest laker of all time. Dont think that was by accident messing with the bosses only girl. Also with dr.b there was some issues about money and jealousy. Jerry was asked to mentor jim which he did. Go read from jerrys book and you will see jims not the problem….

          • pcf

            i guess also bottom line dr buss knew what egomaniac and d)ck phil could be so he wanted the team run by his son,for better or worse not phil….p

          • Daryl Peek

            I’ve tried and tried to get this through to people. I don’t know how many times I’ve posted the actual quote (“Fuck Phil Jackson” which West repeated twice, in sheer anger at a reporter to make sure he understood) from the intro of Jerry West Book , Jerry West The Life and Legend of A Basketball Icon. I’ve also put the Dr. Buss 2005 Michael Eaves interview info out there on several occasions. In that sit down Dr. Buss explained it all stating emphatically how he would NEVER give Phil a FO stake in the Lakers. People keep regurgitating the Jimmy’s fault theme when the truth is easily found.

          • nlruizjr

            all this proves is that Jerry and West hated Phil, it doesn’t prove that JimmyBoy learned a damn thing and apparently he didn’t, I think the first lesson was to hire good coaches and he screwed that up, yeah I know you’ll come back with Jerry hired MD but that isn’t proven otherwise Jeanie wouldn’t made such a big stink about Jimmy not hiring Phil.

          • Daryl Peek

            I don’t need to come back with it because both Phil and Jeanie confirmed Dr. Buss wanting MDA.

          • nlruizjr

            Daryl, that was after the fact, if Jimmy and Mitch had already known that Jerry wanted Mike, why waste PJ time by going over to PJ house, if they already knew what Jerry wanted and as I said before, it doesn’t fly because Jeanie was upset that they dump PJ , if Jerry had already made it known to his kids (Jeanie and Jimmy), then she wouldn’t of made a big stink about being betrayed by Jimmy and Mitch. It doesn’t make sense then and it doesn’t make sense now.

          • Daryl Peek

            Jeanie made a big stink about Dr. Buss forcing Phil out in 2004. She stopped talking to her dad after that and took some time off from he business operations post fopr a time. Jeanie didn’t start calling Dr. Buss dad again til he took ill. The point about her making a big stink is irrelevant as the Phil/Buss family triangle has been a mess all along, from the jump.

            Jimmy was the one who was interested in bringing Phil back and as he and Mitch were leaving the meeting Jimmy was happy about the interview. Again, Mitch reiterated they would still be interviewing other candidates. Phil absolutely said Dr. Buss made the call and Jeanie confirmed it when she said Dr. Buss always had a problem with Phil. Jeanie was always upset about that.

          • nlruizjr

            You would of thought a big scoop like that would of been all over the news, funny how a big story like that never hit the air waves !!!!!

          • Daryl Peek

            First, media outlets weren’t as thirsty as they are today in 04. Dr Buss did two exclusive interviews in 05 in which he explained things, Jerry West wrote two books on his Lakers experience and why he left the organization, again, Phil and Jeanie confirmed Dr. Buss and the D’Antoni choice yet most still draw on conjecture in speaking on Lakers history!

          • pcf

            thank you daryl for those important comments. iT shows that jims been around forever part of the good and bad,not just since dr.b died.And how terribly phil treated the great jerry west. I lost alot of respect for phil reading that and what you had to say on the subject. Your always here to set the fans straight on the facts daryl…I dont understand lakers fans sometimes. Hey daryl do you think the comments made by clips owner might fire magic up enough to get involved in turning the ship around?????pete

          • Daryl Peek

            Magic will seize any opportunity he can to purchase that team. It will be interesting to see what becomes of Sterling? As far as the Lakers goes Magic is on the outside looking in.

      • Daryl Peek

        Actually it was 97 when both Kupchak and Jimmy went under the apprenticeship of West together. This is why Phil often states Jimmy and Mitch have a good working relationship over there, and why there was no place for him, that coupled with Dr. Buss not wanting Phil in the mix.. West often says this also and his son Ryan West is still on board with the Lakers as a scout. The Lakers FO is in better hands than most want to give credit. Joey Buss has been running the D-Fenders as GM for a few years also and will eventually move into Jimmy’s spot one day. The plan of succession Dr. Buss laid out was actually very good but too many are all hyped up falling for the ESPN First Take mess. I’ve always contested this day was coming and it was not gonna be a smooth transition right away. Dr. Buss prepped his children Mitch and everyone else involved. He told them to knuckle up and stand strong through the coming IRE.

        • Chrmngblly

          The Doc’s will was to give his kid a job, DP. He loved his kids even more than LN. Nepotism always leads to mediocrity and then to failure.

          • Daryl Peek

            Jim Irsay, the Debartilo children who still own the Niners. There are plenty of children who’ve been appointed the throne who not only excelled but exceeded the father.

          • Chrmngblly

            The isolated examples you drag up don’t prove nepotism is a great business idea. Besides, DeBartolo was stripped of his power and sent to prison over that gambling thing in New Orleans. I used to know all the details re the niners.

            Regardless, the exception can never prove the rule. Nepotism is universally regarded as a poor business practice. Naturally, small family businesses are the exception.

        • Chrmngblly

          What is IRE? You act like everyone knows and yet you are the only one I have ever seen use this gutter-slang.

          • Daryl Peek

            IRE is not gutter slang. It’s a common term for anger, disdain, ETC….

          • Chrmngblly

            Daryl, that is a regular word spelled i-r-e, ire. Why puff it up into some big deal? That’s why nobody ever heard of it in the internet slang dictionary. Thanks for the poop, though. Same as usual, you make up most of your shit out of thin air…:-)

      • nlruizjr

        can you teach a rock to roll over ????

  • Lakers4life

    I still wish they’d just make the right decision and can D’antoni, I mean lets be honest he doesn’t really deserve the job and this past season just show how much of a struggle it is. I mean sure Kobe and Shaq got a point that Jim and Jeanie are capable of fixing this mess together, but so far I’m not seeing any encouraging signs from the FO, for example Mike D’antoni. But still it’s the Lakers and it wont be this bleak forever, and at least we still got Mitch as GM, so it’s not completely bad. And I think the Lakers are pretty relevant now that the whole Clippers mess is going on right now. Who agrees?

    • Lavon

      I agree that the Lakers are relevant but they must capitalize on the Donald Sterling/Clippers racism case.The Lakers must put out a clean cut image a friendly family oriented team that is not going to tolerate racism in their own arena.Kick the Clippers out of Staples Center and send them out of LA.

      The Lakers have the golden opportunity to regain the LA market by convincing players that are black to help them fight the good fight and beat the Clippers right out of LA to Seattle they go.No place for Donald Sterling in the NBA he is a bigot and a foul mouthed racist that his players as slaves and he has acted as if he wants slavery to exist on his team.It’s tough enough on black people without a racist employer like Donald Sterling.The Lakers and Jim Buss must execute a well thought out plan to get the Lakers back in contention since it’s the right time to take advantage of the weak position the Clippers are now in.THE CLIPPERS ARE FINISHED!

      • TheTruthKills

        The only way the Lakers can regain the market is by winning. Nothing more, nothing less. The Clippers have proven that controversy and all.

        • J Taylor

          Sterling just cemented the Lakers as the only free agency destination in LA. For a while the Clippers were the “sexy” destination, but Sterling killed that….

          • TheTruthKills

            How does it look now that Sterling will be forced to sell and Magic will be the front runner to purchase the team?

      • Jim213

        No diss, but still trying to find a point to your post. It’d be best to dismiss Sterling b/c if their fans and others (business) will likely end up boycotting the Clippers as long as Sterling’s has some say on matters or is still rolling in the cash that his team has fought hard to try to produce (success).

        What FO (Clipps) should be seriously concerned about is players demanding to be traded. These players higher learning education and talents have placed them in the spotlight where they can take advantage of their talents by increasing or building their own brand.

        But IMO it wouldn’t look good for players like CP3 and others on the Clipps roster to continue working for an owner (unless he gets kicked out of the league) who’s bank rolled his success from their effort which goes for previous players. Not good for a star’s own brand.

        IMO, best for Adam Silver to strip Donald Sterling out of the owner’s position tho ownership may go to the family or may be switched to another party depending on matters. That’s the tough issue how to deal with it b/c if it isn’t dealt to the players satisfaction you best believe the players won’t forget this once the CBA ends and renegotiation’s start again.

        • Jim213

      • Chrmngblly

        Haven’t you been watching the news? Black people have it really easy nowadays….:-)

    • Chrmngblly

      I think we out to try and trade DP over to the clippers for Doc Rivers. Let’s make a move on Doc right now anyway. Who agrees?

      • J Taylor

        The hope would be that Doc finds a legal way to opt out of his contract…

        Let’s let the D’antoni issue settle for a bit. Nothing has actually happened. He’s still the coach, and his contract is paid for 1 more seasons. The front office could “change their mind” at any time….

        At the moment, they want to keep him for many reasons, but things could change in the upcoming month as the draft and free agency unfold.

        I won’t believe that D’antoni is the coach next year until I see something published as a quote from Jeanie, Jimmy, or Mitch. And, I suspect, that they will wait until June to see how the rest of the moving pieces fall before they make the final D’antoni Decision.

  • Lakers4Life

    They Buss family will only be capable and redeem themselves as soon as they fire the Dumbtoni pringle man, which will happen very soon, according to several sources.

    • Marcus Franco

      several sources are saying that they will keep D’antoni. Where did you heard about that ?

    • Chrmngblly

      They should make a move on Doc right now and dump MDA. Doc’s our next coach.

  • purp& goldpride

    Stop being cheap & ditch d’antoni.
    Jim needs to do what daddy.did, play some poker, grab some young hookers & stay out the way.
    This fan base would be rejuvenated IF mikey is gone.We have no interest in watching our Lakers score 100+ every night, while giving up 130+

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Wait am i tripping lol or did Shaq sorta diss Mitch Kupchak in a backhanded way?

    “Jim is capable, of course. Jeanie is capable, but you know where they thrived was where they hired the Jerry Wests, the Bill Sharmans, other people like that [...] So I think it’s, you know, time they evaluate and maybe hire somebody smarter or, you know, do things a little different.”

    • Chrmngblly

      He dissed ‘em all—and they should be dissed.

  • Kenneth Michael Caluducan

    I think the Lakers would be better if they get Byron Scott as coach. It would be a sweet homecoming for a good person/player. #SHOWTIME

    • Chrmngblly

      Doc Rivers.

      • ra

        Hear Hear. I’ve always wanted Doc as the coach of the Lakers. The Celtics would ‘never’ have let Doc go to the Lakers, but in this situation, it could be completely justified if Doc jumped ship and came to the Lakers.

        Then, I would have reason to celebrate.

        (we would still need marquee players, but this would be a great step).

        • vdogg

          screw doc rivers. i don’t want him coaching the lakers. but i would welcome bryon scott with open arms.

        • Chrmngblly

          Good. I am glad that makes sense to you, too. That would be the first big league signing the FO has done in the common era.

    • Sylvia Ross

      Good pick. Byron Scott all day !!

  • Jonny

    So much criticism of the Laker management, but they put the deals together where we could have been watching Chris Paul and Dwight Howard in purple and gold taking the torch from Kobe, and ten more years where we expect to compete for a title every year. What more can they do? Props to Mitch Kupchak and the rest of the Buss family.

    • Chrmngblly

      In business, you don’t get credit for an idea you can’t execute or turns into a big fiasco or botch. The bottom line is what were the results? there are guys online here that come up with miracle trades that never stand a chance of coming true every day. So what? There’s no such thing as partial credit.

  • J Taylor

    I think that Jeanie might be capable, but I clearly see that a committee of rich kids and heirs is dysfunctional; no one is strong enough to make the tough decisions and committee’s always take the path of least resistance.

    At the moment, Mitch is the only reason why the franchise hasn’t fallen off it’s wheels and crashed. And, it might have a bright future if Mitch’s genius shines again.

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