January 15, 2014 |
Magic Johnson has never been reluctant to give his opinion on how the Lakers are playing, and Wednesday he said the problems on the court can be traced to the owner's office. Johnson, whose Hall of Fame playing career included five NBA titles in his 13 seasons with the Lakers, says owner Jim Buss needs to take a few pages from the book written by his father Jerry Buss, who made the Lakers one of the most successful and entertaining franchises in professional sports. “This is what happens when you make the wrong decisions, two coaching wrong decisions, giving Steve Nash that deal, it's backfired,” Johnson said during a meeting at The Times between Dodgers officials and Times writers and editors.
January 10, 2014
Does the Lakers' front office have a plan for the franchise? The media thinks it's a tank job for a high draft pick. Of course Mitch Kupchak denies this and espouses his support for Mike D'Antoni. This cannot be right. This plan (if there is one) has to include dumping D'Antoni. Jim Buss and his jealous tendencies toward his sister have crippled this franchise. His insistence on attempting an impact without the help of Phil Jackson shows just how clueless he really is. He has failed at everything he has ever tried, only to be rescued and given another chance by his dad. Dr. Buss putting him in total charge of the basketball operation has only accomplished the destruction of his significant legacy.
December 20, 2013
Hey, Kobe, When I said, "Break a leg," it was just a figure of speech. Jeff Black Beverly Hills :: So when Kobe comes back from this latest injury, is Jim Buss going to sign him to another two-year extension? Matthew Klipper Studio City :: Kobe Bryant's return from injury was short-lived. The Lakers now have to seriously start preparing for "life after Kobe" as it is obvious that the wear and tear and years of playing have begun to break him down. Kobe's insatiable desire to excel and compete are just not enough to combat medical reality and the laws of nature.
December 2, 2013 |
Week 5 opened with news that Kobe Bryant has signed a two-year contract extension with the Lakers. Bryant's new deal means he will continue to be the NBA's highest-paid player , but it should also enable to the team to shop for a free agent while retaining some of the current roster . Coach Mike D'Antoni said Bryant's extension makes sense , and Pau Gasol noted that he isn't concerned about his own contract just yet ...
November 29, 2013
If the Lakers and Kobe wanted his salary to match his jersey number, how about he goes back to No. 8? William David Stone Beverly Hills :: I have followed Mitch Kupchak since he played at North Carolina in the '70s, and if there ever was a general manager as deft and brilliant as Jerry West, it has to be Kupchak. Which makes me nearly positive that during the recent Lakers dealings, Kupchak's job has been to merely give in to the owner and then be forced to explain the lunacy of the owner-impostor, Jim Buss.
November 28, 2013 |
The Lakers hit Thanksgiving with an 8-8 record, putting the team in 11th place in the Western Conference standings. Despite playing without Kobe Bryant (Achilles' tendon) and most of the season without Steve Nash (back), the Lakers are only three games behind the fourth-place Clippers (11-5). While the Lakers are battling to make the top eight in the Western Conference, they'd be among the best in the East. The Atlanta Hawks, who have an identical 8-8 record, are in third place in the Eastern Conference behind the Indiana Pacers (14-1)