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Mark Cuban Not Sure Lakers Can Bounce Back Without Dr. Jerry Buss

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During his time as the owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, Dr. Jerry Buss put together teams that won 10 NBA titles with Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol leading the way.

With Dr. Buss passing away last year, the team simply hasn’t been the same with Jim Buss and GM Mitch Kupchak trying to pick up the pieces. Although Buss and Kupchak have tried to rebuild with Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, the team has fallen apart and are on the verge of being a lottery team for the first time since 2005.

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Now that the future is uncertain for the Lakers without Dr. Buss, many have started to speculate what will happen to the storied franchise moving forward. Current Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban, chimed in on what might be in store for Los Angeles.

According to Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News, Cuban isn’t sure the Lakers can continue to be the dominant force in the NBA without Dr. Buss running the show:

“Jerry Buss was the Lakers, so I don’t know if the Lakers will ever be the Lakers,” Cuban said before the Mavericks played the Celtics. “I don’t think there was a smarter owner in the history of the NBA than Jerry Buss. So that’s tough to replace. I don’t think people realize just how good an owner Jerry was.”

Cuban also went on to say how Dr. Buss was somewhat of a mentor to him during his time as the Mavs controversial owner via Sefko:

“He just understood fans, entertainment, players, how to balance all of it together, how to deal with the NBA, when to listen to David (Stern), when to ignore him, when to tell him what to do,” Cuban said. “He had that breadth of skills that every time I spoke to him – usually I’m the one who does all the talking, it’s just a force of habit. But when we sat down, I did all the listening. I don’t think there’s any question he was by far the best owner in the history of the NBA.”

Cuban also let it be known that he conveyed these sentiments to his daughter, Jeanie Buss, via Sefko:

“When we were turning things around (with the Mavericks), he said don’t listen to the naysayers. Just keep doing what you’re doing. I owe him a lot, and I told Jeannie (Buss) all this.”

Without Dr. Buss calling the shots and helping out with his experience and influence, the future of the Lakers franchise is uncertain to say the least. There’s no telling what direction the team is headed with Jeanie and Jim Buss running things, but if they’ve learned anything from arguably the greatest owner in the history of professional sports, the Lakers should be in good hands moving forward.
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  • Terrell

    Please worry about your own team Mark. We haven’t forgotten how you were one of THE owners who resorted to some unprecedented arm-twisting and politicking behind the scenes to screw the Lakers of CP3.

    • Jim213

      Disagree, the people behind the scene (to which Jim has canned many) is the reason they’re the top brand of the NBA. Mark should worry more about his own team given I don’t believe they’ll be able to win another title anytime soon. Yes, our team is in a worse situation but it’s mostly due to the problems with the FO.

      Being unqualified people making major decisions or who are acknowledged as experts/knowledgeable people when in actuality they should be trainee’s and leave the big decisions for the most qualified (rather than dragging the brand down).

      Jim Buss needs to due his job and leave the knowledgeable one’s to do their work while having the final say. Otherwise, things may likely remain stagnant if he believes he can fill Dr. Buss’s shoes or J West’s wits as the top Lakers personnel b/c he doesn’t have the basketball knowledge that many brought since they’ve put in the time/year’s to grow which goes for their reputation too.

      • e3bonz

        Well, he did speak nicely of Dr. Buss….

        • Jim213

          True, but just pointing out the people behind the scenes who tho important pieces don’t get credit.

      • Samer Ali

        your English scares me. Good points, however…

        • Moveover Andbark

          His English scares you??? When I text using “Siri” (Apple Inc.) with my iPhone I scare myself, always check what Siri interpreted before you send a message…or you may have some serious explaining or apologizing to do.

    • Josh

      Worrying about his own team is precisely what Mark is doing. Any chance he has of discrediting a great franchise improves his odds of finally landing a marquee free agent. He’s trolling, and I can’t say I hold it against him.

      The CP3 fiasco is another story altogether.

  • afs

    I agree. Although I understand why Jerry wanted Jim to be owner instead of Jeanie (gender), Jim simply hasn’t proved he’s capable of making smart decisions. His ego caused us to lose our chance with Phil twice, and he isn’t a good leader.

    I understand that no owner will ever live up to the greats of Dr. Buss. But still, I hope Jim will learn to get insight from his sister. It would help the Laker organization out a whole lot.

    • Josh

      I’m guessing Dr. Buss chose Jim to make these decisions BECAUSE of Phil. He didn’t want Phil back again, and Jeannie would have handed him the keys to the kingdom.

      Jim has been responsible for player personnel since 2005. Since that time, they have drafted Andrew Bynum and acquired Pau, CP3, Dwight, and Steve Nash. Drew’s head didn’t come unscrewed completely until after leaving the Lakers. Pau has been great for the team. CP3 would’ve been. Dwight and Nash would’ve worked out if not for Nash’s injuries (that came after the trade) and Dwight’s unwillingness to continue running the same offense he has always run throughout his career. They were all good moves with Buss in the drivers seat.

      • Daryl Peek

        I agree with all in premise except I’d say Jimmy made those moves together with Mitch. Dr. Buss made it a point to give all of his children more responsibility while watching keenly. Dr. Buss caught a ton of flack over letting Joey Buss accept the 02 championship trophy and speak for the team in his place. That was an example of him testing him for the future. Dr. Buss shrugged off the critique just like he told Jimmy to do so as he would be bashed once he got the reigns.

        As even Phil still contends, Jimmy and Mitch worked and work closely together. Too many people want to discount the influence Mitch and Dr. Buss had in past deals they see as bad decisions Jimmy made. Simple and straight, Jimmy is the whipping boy scapegoat most love to hate.

        • Moveover Andbark

          I believe they should be grooming a possible successor to Kupchak. Luke Walton has come to my mind through the years. I don’t know what his managerial “I,Q” is, but look back at the time when Mitch was the assistant to Jerry West, and how that more or less worked out.

          • Daryl Peek

            It will be interesting to see who emerges. My money is on young Joey Buss. I truly believe he’s the one Dr. Buss wanted for the long run.

          • Chrmngblly

            I hope you are right and there is an achiever hidden in the woodpile.

          • Chrmngblly

            I agree with you. Maybe Steve Nash is a possibility, too…

        • Chrmngblly

          That doesn’t mean Jimmy is not a turd. It was his responsibility as owner to trade Howard before the franchise got hurt like it has. I damn JB for not doing the job he is responsible for. He also needs to be the man and deal with Nash.

          • Daryl Peek

            It was his and Kupchak’s responsibility to look out for the best interest of the plan of free cap space going forward and that’s why Howard was not traded.

          • Chrmngblly

            You are a stupid person.

          • Daryl Peek

            Scram CHILD. I try very hard to mind my tongue and be cool with your simple ass but you keep pushing! GTFOH BUM

    • Daryl Peek

      Were do people get the ego theme with Jimmy? Why would Dr. Buss and Mitch be OK with this? Phil was allowed to walk due to Dr. Buss. Both Phil and Jeanie have continued to tell us this as Phil said Dr. Buss chose D’antoni and Jeanie contends the Lakers must go on with her dads plan. I can’t understand why folks don’t want to believe what Jeanie and Phil have said? Why would they need to lie?

      Jeanie was not groomed to make basketball decisions and has also said this… “I enjoy hearing from the fans, but they have to understand I have a job already, I can’t take on anymore. This was something my dad set up, and I think it’s important we move forward with what he put into place.”

      Again, why can’t Lakers fans, media and pundits just take the word of those who they are trying to prop up as truth?

      • afs

        Jim has never liked Phil. He wanted to prove to Phil that he can win and do it without him. Even when Phil wanted to come back, Jim didn’t even care.

        • Daryl Peek

          Flawed perspective. Did Jimmy have beef with Phil? YES but so to did Jerry West, who wrote in his book “F PHIL JACKSON” Dr. Buss, Jerry Krause, Tex Winter, And even Kobe at one point.

          Dr. Buss kept Phil out. This is what most don’t want to acknowledge. Jeanie has confirmed this as she said the was no place for Phil.

          • afs

            lol but in the end, all those people including Dr. Buss know that Phil is one of the most successful coaches in NBA history.. And was it Dr. Buss’ ego that kept Phil out? No, he wanted to run a more “showtime” offense, supposedly wanting to eliminate the triangle offense. But now this organization is run by Jim, and did his personal feelings get in front of hiring Phil? Possibly. I just feel like Jim could’ve proved himself to the organization by making a headline move like that.

          • Josh

            If I remember correctly, Jerry Reinsdorf and Phil did not get along either. This is a long, long trend for Phil Jackson. We’ll see how long Dolan keeps him around if he doesn’t win soon.

      • Chrmngblly

        Glad you showed up , DP. I hope Jesus returns soon or we may have to see the Lakers look like this for a few years so we can avoid “usurping” Jimmy–as you seem to spend so many sleepless nights worrying over. I don’t know why it is not alright with you if Dr. Buss, as great as his business skills were, does not also get to be an average doting father, too. I think he earned it. But does that mean we should worship with you at doc Buss’ feet and that nothing should change until after Jesus gets here again? Why shouldn’t Jimmy be allowed to use his own brains to manage as he sees fit and use the tools he finds fit his hands best? What’s wrong with how Dolan is doing things in New York where, now that Phil is there, he is just acting as the owner and overseeing his people? At some point, and in spite of the Chinese ancestor worship you seem to be in favor of, Jimmy Buss does have to branch out and be his own man. Why isn’t that OK with you? How many owners are smart enough to hire professionals to oversee their operations? Quite a few. You need to back off and quit trying to punk Jimmy out. He is doing just fine at that all by himself.

        • Daryl Peek

          Dolan’s free to do as he pleases. I wish Phil luck in NY but I’m glad the Lakers can now turn the page. The Lakers already have a professional in place in Mitch.

  • Miss Thing

    Jerry Buss was the greatest owner in the history professional sports, having won more championships than any single owner. Simply the best. Period.

  • Badeng

    What I don’t understand is every article regarding the current situation in Laker Land speak of the great Dr. Buss and how his kid is just ruining everything he built. I’m sure he would have heard this comment by now, but there seems to be no reaction to all these criticism. So it’s either he is in denial or he is really clueless.

    • Daryl Peek

      “When we were turning things around (with the Mavericks), he said don’t listen to the naysayers. Just keep doing what you’re doing. I owe him a lot, and I told Jeannie (Buss) all this.”

      Guess who else Dr. Buss told this to and sowed it in him? His son. Both Jeanie and Jimmy are on record saying their dad always told them that. Jimmy’s silence is deafening…

      • Chrmngblly

        Look. The only reason Jimmy has a job at all is because his daddy left him one in his will. Otherwise, JB is just the black sheep of the Buss family. You are making some sort of virtue out of JB never knowing what to say. I’m not impressed. It is not some sort of super power or anything like that. What horse shit…

        • Daryl Peek

          No argument from me on Jimmy about him and nepotism. Neither Jeanie or Jimmy would be in the the positions they’re in if not for their dad. This is no secret. Jim Irsay would not be owner of the Colts if not for his dad. Irsay still has his issues but the Colts are a good NFL team. Same goes for many children who inherited their parents empire. Just because they were born with a silver spoon in their mouth don’t mean they are unworthy to take over. Dr. Buss groomed all of his children to do what they are doing. Does that guarantee success? NO but it’s his business and his will. Jimmy has been on board through championship times and was a contributor. Like him personally or not, he’s a fixture.

          Johnny Buss was supposed to be in Jimmy’s or Jeanie’s place but he backed out.

          • Chrmngblly

            NOT being Unworthy is not the same as being worthy…

    • Samer Ali

      Jim is silent for the same reasons his father never argued with the media. He taught them to ignore the noise. Jimmy is obviously trying to make a name for himself and put his own stamp on the franchise, which has resulted in some stumbling and learning along the way. His father felt he was ready to take over and therefore we must allow it to play out as such. It’s obvious, though, that Jimmy just wants to leave his own stamp and move away from the massive shadow his legendary father has left behind. I do not think that is a bad thing, but he has gone through his growing pains, to say the least.

  • Kay Carter

    isn’t Jim the same guy who liked Bynum???? lmao im just curious…..look how that turned out smh

    • Josh

      Back-to-back-to-back trips to the Finals and two rings as the team’s number 3 guy. Not bad.

      • Kay Carter

        that was my point, ppl act like Jim doesn’t know what he doin, not to mention CP3, Dwight nd Pau….

      • Daryl Peek

        Bynum was not the number three guy, 4th at best and he was oft injured in the those playoffs. Bynum was incredible potential who shined at times his entire Lakers career.

        • Josh

          I stand partially corrected. He was not the #3 guy on those title teams. I forgot about LO and Ariza/Metta, but he played every game in the postseason those two years. I remember him fighting through some pretty serious knee pain those years. It’s probably what has caused him to miss so many games since leaving LA, but he was determined and was a key piece for those banners.

          • Daryl Peek

            Bynum was pretty much a non factor in the playoff runs of 07-10. He didn’t play in the 08 playoffs at all. I’d say his absence that year was huge as he was having a really good season up til he got hurt. If he could’ve stayed healthy that season we would have smoked the Celtics in those finals. Remember the team actually had one of the best records in the NBA even before the Gasol trade. 13 points 10 rebounds and 2 blocks per game while shooting 64% from the field is what he was doing. That was supposed to be his breakout season. Bynum’s injury forced the Gasol trade.

            In the 09 playoffs Drew only played 17 MPG, averaging 6 points, just under 4 rebounds and under 1 block. In 2010 he only played 24 MPG, averaging 9 points 7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. His impact in 2010 was much better that year in the finals but still very limited as he rarely was in games in the 4th quarter during crunch time.

            Bynum’s breakout season in 11-12 was mired in immaturity and in house bickering as the team imploded in those playoffs and the residue of that still lingers. This is why I’m ready to move on from Phil. For some reason his teams always have in house drama that causes a bad break up. Phil himself spoke on this when asked about the long run of winning consistency coach Pop has had with the Spurs. Phil basically said his style of coaching is bound to get tuned out over a period of time with the same group. We saw this in both Lake Show runs at the end.

          • Josh

            It’s really tough to remember how each series played out in 2009 and 2010. Odom started a few games in place of Drew, but Drew was the starter throughout those two runs. I remember him playing hurt, but I can’t say how much that affected his numbers in the box scores. Lamar definitely played the majority of the minutes for the first of those two runs, but they played pretty evenly in the second run, and I think it really had a lot to do with matchups. I know Phil never liked playing with two bigs, and that is why LO finished games.

            The point was that Jim was right in wanting Andrew Bynum. He was an important piece in winning those titles. Even if the numbers don’t show it, the Lakers’ size in the middle is what gave them a decided advantage over the field.

          • Chrmngblly

            Josh, you act like there was something shrewd about Jimmy being attracted to Bynum’s talent. The other half of the story is character–the “eye of the tiger.” What about that? Jim Buss cannot read character in others. Not in Dwight and not in Bynum—Dr. Buss was a much better judge of men. Unfortunately, we don’t chose our parents and we don’t chose our children.

          • Daryl Peek

            character–the “eye of the tiger.” ?

            LMAO

            You done flipped your wig for sure. Howard and Bynum were high school draftees who weren’t ready for the grown man spotlight, period. Need I mention Phi and his high character EYE OF THE TIGER in hand picking Kwame Brown? I recall a Cake Heist, personal conduct and sexual assault charges all under Phil’s guidance.

            What about Dr. Buss wanting to trade James Worthy in 1986 for Roy (cocaine in the membrane) Tarpley? There are many ex Lakers selected by both Dr. Buss and West who one could question their character.

          • Chrmngblly

            I don’t worship anybody–like you do. You are a blind Butt-Kisser. I should hire you. But it looks like Jimmy Buss has you under contract….:-)

          • Chrmngblly

            What are you talking about? Shit happens all the time everywhere. Mitch and the boys field trade proposals from all over. His job is to evaluate it all all the time and make the best calls a high percentage of the time. If you can’t see that BB is all about character, you don’t know this game.

          • Daryl Peek

            “Shit happens all the time everywhere.”

            Meditate on that for a minute before you insert your foot in your mouf again, in judgement of others.

          • Chrmngblly

            yeah….well, if you want to blame general shit for why they didn’t trade Howard when they could have, I can’t stop you–except the rest of the people around here know you are really desperate to make yourself look knowledgeable

          • Daryl Peek

            Like I’ve said a million times son. There was not trade out there for Howard. Howard had put the league on notice that he’s only going to resign with a select few teams if traded for. Those teams were not offering good players with favorable contracts in return for Howard. Trying to keep him or letting him walk was the only option. Why can’t you get that through you thick, sick blame game skull?

            Teams aren’t lining up to help the Lakers. Get out of angry fantasy land.

          • Chrmngblly

            You do seem to be angry and desperate. But I have the facts on my side. You can down-talk other people but since there is a chance I may be your father, maybe you should hold back on that.

          • Daryl Peek

            I’m not down talking other people first thing. Your sole purpose is to antoginze like a child who didn’t get enough of his mommy’s milk. I come at you respectfully most of the time but you keep with the kid games. I’m not here to play that kinda BS. I talk about the team that’s all. If we disagree so be it but you lose control and play the smug jab game. I’m not with that!!

          • Chrmngblly

            You should use your real name, Mucho Pomposo..

          • Chrmngblly

            You always try to throw in unknowable facts to bolster your weak logic. If people found out Howard was available, a trade would have happened. Sorry.

          • Daryl Peek

            Like all the teams that backed off him when he said he would only play for Brooklyn, the Lakers, Dallas and Houston when he was in Orlando, as he’d only be a rental elsewhere. Sorry is your refusal to accept the facts.

          • Daryl Peek

            The advantage was more so in the regular season stretch run. Phil used Bynum to keep Pau and LO fresh for the playoffs. Bynum always got more minutes in the regular season. Your point is understood. Bynum was a great young draft pick. He had the goods to be great but did not have the health or maturity to handle the stage known as the Lakers big man tradition. Bynum actually was angry at both Phil and Kobe just as Farmar was because they wanted more shine. Jordan was just more mature and respectful about it.

  • Daryl Peek

    “When we were turning things around (with the Mavericks), he said don’t listen to the naysayers. Just keep doing what you’re doing.”

    Keep on ignoring the all white noise and haters in there Jimmy. Dr. Buss would be proud.

    • C*HarrisTHEboss

      Have you ever actually met Jimmy Buss? The guy is underwhelming and does not strike me as sharp or shrewd

      • Daryl Peek

        Judging a book you don’t know. The decisions made in the Lakers FO were all spearheaded by the collective. No one person made them without conferring with the others. Jimmy and Mitch are now the collective with Dr. Buss gone. I wont assume Mitch is a yes man.

        • C*HarrisTHEboss

          Ive met that clown a few times in my travels through the city of fallen angels. Regardless of who’s “fault” it is – our franchise is in shambles with no clear plan of attack whatsoever. You cannot sit here and honestly say that the product on the court right now is absolute garbage – not just relative to the lakers brand. What would kobe being back do for us? Make us a bottom playoff team at best to get romped on by any of the top 6. Nash is a lost cause and there is no light at the end of the tunnel – i still watch and care about the squad but be real man…..this shit is a tragic comedy.

          • Daryl Peek

            So do you feel the same way about the folly that was the 92-94 Buss, West Lakers? If not you’re being a personal opinion biased hypocrite.

            Is this era any more of a joke as was the 04-07 Smush Parker Kwame Brown one? Remember it was Phil who lobbied Jerry, Jimmy and Mitch to trade Chucky Atkins and Caron Butler for Kwame and Laron Profit, in one of the worst trades in Lakers history. Atkins was a solid defensive minded PG. Butler was a budding young star potential player who was also a gritty defender. Brown was a straight up embarrassment. He sucked on the court and was even more of a joke off it. Remember the Cake Heist, disorderly conduct and sexual chargers while he was a Laker? Profit was out of the league never to return in that same season. Phil was also the one who lobbied for the Vujacic, Joe Smith trade. Smith rarely saw any minutes and Sasha went on to have one of his better seasons production wise in Jersey along with Farmar who left due to feeling he had no chance to grow as a player in the triangle. Those were all very bad moves facilitated by the FO by way of the great Jackson’s counsel.

            Nash was the same results wise as Theo Ratlif, another Phil big man addition. Injuries cannot be predicted. At this point there’s no reason to part ways with Nash as I’d rather see him play next season out VS. stretching his contract and keeping him on the books, and cap for more years. This season was a total wash due to mass injuries. 2010-11 was mired in Bynum being injured and bad personnel moves Phil felt the team needed to make. Were those a joke also?

            My point being, ups and downs, hits and misses are not subject to Jimmy only. Even Dr. Buss and West had plenty of miss steps over the years that resulted in failure. Phil may very well go on to do well in NY but his time was up with the Lakers and this franchise will eventually be fine without him just as it move on after Riley and West.

          • C*HarrisTHEboss

            Considering I was 4 years old in 1992 – i cant say I remember much about that season. I do think there was at the very least a more organized plan and a collective unit that provided a more competitive effort during the smush years – given kobe was playing then makes it a bit hard to compare tho. And yea kwame brown was a degenerate – but Mr. Bryant himself caught a sexual assult case…none of these players are really anybody to look up to.

            I dont get why your harping on Phil so much- I am not one of those who ride his nuts – I dont think he is a god at all and am well aware of his shady manipulations. I did not want to get rid of sasha or farmar – two of my favorite guys in recent memory.

            My point is simple – Jim Buss is not a great mind and the BS between him and his sister is doing nothing to help the franchise. We have a long way to go to return to relevance and i dont see a plan materializing. This year’s product on the court is not fun to watch and we don’t have the personnel to run MDAs system.

          • Daryl Peek

            Well I was in college in 92 and I remember all of the Lakers history dating back to 1976, when I first became a Lakers fan. Again, ups and downs are a part of the dynasty cycle. Jimmy has not had a chance to prove he’s a failure just yet. The sample size is way too small. West and Buss had a 13 year working relationship forged in 92 with the team sucked in the early 90′s. The plan of 04-07 was as bad as this year as Shaq left due to in house drama, Phil was forced out for the same reasons, and Kobe called the FO out then just as he did recently, only he threatened to leave in free agency.

            Dr. Buss was no doubt a calming presence that we no longer have as a resource but as Jeanie said “The Laker way isn’t the same anymore, putting up a billboard probably wasn’t the right thing, but we have to learn how to do things differently because Dr. Buss isn’t here.”

            We all need to chill out and give the new regime more than one year after Dr. Buss’s passing to find their way and prove themselves.

        • Chrmngblly

          Just the same, DP, you don’t actually KNOW anything. Did you read the Nash piece where Nash says he knew from day one that Kobe and Howard were never going to get along and he explained his theory of why?
          When you subtract Dr. Buss and PJ from what you call “the collective” and others call the management team, it changes things. My objection to the management team as now constituted is that they cannot recognize what Steve Nash—and the most casual observer, btw, saw right away: that Howard was never going to fit in. That was Jimmy Buss’ job, to NOT be silent. Instead, we lost a major superstar for nothing and it was totally predictable and avoidable. God damn Jim Buss. It is his responsibility; he is the owner.
          Maybe they will change things and go out and get a coach that will demand influence in player personnel matters and then the “collective” will come out of the paralysis it is in now. Or possibly they could bring in a consultant right away who could add a fresh outside voice and change the sentiment of the management team. I don’t know, but as you like to say, DP, the proof is in the pudding. Nothing has gone right in the “deafening silence” era, so far.

          • Daryl Peek

            The deafening silence era is only a year old. What coach or GM wouldn’t give a Howard experiment a chance regardless of friction? We let Howard walk for reasons I’ve gone over a million times on this site, and the main reason was keeping millions of bad future contracts off the books.

            The main thing you and others do is continue to ignore the normal ups and downs as no teams FO always gets it right. I’ve detailed plenty of Dr. Buss, West and Phil Jackson mistakes.

            Phil was never in the collective, and was never seen as that by Dr. Buss. Every interview where he discussed the decision making process of the FO, it was Mitch, Jimmy and himself only.

          • Chrmngblly

            You are one ignorant dude. We did NOT let Howard walk. Why are you so desperate to twist the facts? We offered Howard everything the CBA allowed us to–and he left for less money to play for Houston. You can’t change history, DP.

          • Daryl Peek

            You are the smartest DUMB fool I’ve ever encountered! By not trading and adhering to his every wish they let him walk. Get over yourself man. SMH

          • Chrmngblly

            Simple, Daryl. If you are going to LET a player “walk”, you don’t also make him a max offer. Duh.

          • Daryl Peek

            Even simpler, they would have liked to keep him but drew a line in the sand at his coaching request and amnestying Kobe.

          • Chrmngblly

            Go ask anyone, besides me, that you really respect and look up to, what it means to let a player “walk”. You will find that they will all say that it means to either not extend a player an offer of a new contract at all or not meet the terms of a competing offer.

            Your bullshit is just bullshit. Rejoin the living, come on.

          • Daryl Peek

            No words for your continued childishness. Grow up mayne

          • Chrmngblly

            The old “child” routine again??? Please..

          • Chrmngblly

            What is this “collective” you keep talking about? Are you a Communist?

    • Chrmngblly

      What a bunch of horse shit. I read the same article.

      • Daryl Peek

        Yet the proof is in the pudding as Phil is gone and Dr. Buss’s will is being executed.

        • Chrmngblly

          Communist…:-)

  • Tayner

    The Lakers are getting hated on hardcore because Jim Short Buss is a retard and he is ruining the legacy his wonderful late father Jerry built over the span of 3 decades.Retard Jim Short Buss is a idiot that is trying to make the Lakers a loser.Matt Moore from CBS sports online just ripped Jim Buss and the Lakers in a recent article.Before Jim Short Buss the retard took over nobody ever trashed Jerry Buss and the Lakers.Protect the Lakers name Jeanie you’re brother is a just a big dope head.

    • Josh

      Calling someone “a idiot” doesn’t do much for your argument.

      • Guest

        looks like the idiot is you… ever heard of the word “an?”

        • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

          He was quoting Tayner. Tayner, in his insult laden rant, said “…Buss is a idiot that is trying to make the Lakers a loser.” Notice the quotation marks used by Josh? That means he was quoting Tayner.

  • Tayner

    GTFO retard Jim Buss!

  • ra

    Bounce back to where? Again, I mention that ‘superstar-type’ talent is dwindling in the NBA. There are very good players, but not superstars like Shaq, Kobe, LeBron, DWade, etc. MJ. They were all ‘several levels higher’ in talent than the current and very probably future graduates (from college to pro).

    Jimmy will not have as much to choose from when the time comes to make big moves. His best options are to maximize what’s out there now, and perhaps get some all-star or superstar to play with the Lakers in the ‘very near’ future. Then, if he (Buss) can hang on to that for a few years, maybe the climate of the NBA will change.

    Right now, it’s rigged (by the CBA) to create league parity. The Buss’s ability to punch through that (with capital) dwindles each year, if they are unable to sustain the Lakers brand. I.e., they won’t have as much $$ to absorb losses. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t feel sorry for them, because they have much more money than many of us put together (incl. myself). But if we want them to keep the Lakers championship legacy going, the Lakers Brand has to keep strong.

    Dr. Buss would do that simply by his existence as owner of the Lakers. The kids have to ‘build’ something, and there may not be much time to do that. Time is running out.

    • Jim213

      Good post, Thinking about it 3 out of the 4 valued franchises in the NBA seem to have better possibilities future outlooks than the Lakers. We can say the Rockettes will be good for another 3-4 years while having a brighter future (currently) given their young stars.

      The Bulls are in a good position to possibly end up with a star player (FA) while having some good draft picks for this year’s draft. Aside of that they currently have a solid starting lineup who competes night in an out. The Knicks fortunes also seem to be improving after next season.

      The #1 objective in my opinion for Phil will be to acquire Lebron James in 2015and if Melo decides to stick around along with a few good role players in the line up they may end up going after titles in a few years.

      The Lakers tho have the weakest roster out of the top 4 valued teams as FO hasn’t shown a clear future direction. Yes, they may have the opportunity to acquire Love if they can persuade him to join but aside of that everyone is relying on this year’s draft pick to turn things around tho it may likely take 3-4 years to see progress from this player.

      But IMO if they hold off and suck next season as kobe’s brought up it’ll be tough to see positive results in the near future given that it’s likely star player’s would pass up the Lakers if the don’t have anything going for them at that time. Which goes for a lack of starting role players.

    • Josh

      This CBA must be fixed. In trying to create parity, it actually puts all the storied franchises–Lakers, Knicks, Celtics–at a disadvantage. Maximum salaries means a star player makes the same amount of money for any team, but state taxes means they actually make more in states like Florida and Texas. Is it any wonder guys are willing to take “pay cuts” to play for the Heat, Spurs, and Mavs? They still make more than they would in LA, NY, or Boston.

  • Frank Tank

    Has that idiot coach Mike D’Antoni figured out a tank lineup for the final 16 games before he gets fired?Well here is a little help Mike rest Pau Gasol for the next 3 weeks and rest Jodie Meeks for the next 4 weeks and then keep Farnar out for the rest of the season he is injured.Sit out Wes Johnson every 2 games played.Sit out Kent Bazemore we have seen enough of him,we could evaluate him further in the Summer League.Use a lineup of Kendall Marshall+Xavier Henry+Ryan Kelly+Wes Johnson+Robert Sacre play a 6 man rotation with only MarShon subbing in.Play these guys like 48 minutes a game,now that’s serious tanking done the right way.

  • Frank Tank

    Sheesh Mark has a great point the Lakers are doomed with stupid Buss.

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    LAKERS SUCK

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