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April 28, 2012 | By Mark Medina
-- ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin highlights Jim Buss' comments on 710 ESPN's Mason & Ireland that he has moved on from the NBA nixing the Chris Paul deal. -- The Times' Mike Bresnahan outlines the Lakers-Nuggets matchup. -- The Times' Ben Bolch looks at what makes Kobe Bryant a good closer. Bolch also previews first-round matchups . -- ESPN.com's J.A. Adande argues the Lakers need to slow down the pace against Denver. -- A panel of Ball Don't Lie writers predicts the Lakers will beat the Nuggets in six games.
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April 25, 2014
Jim Buss says he will resign in three or four years [April 20] if the Lakers are not back on top because that will mean he has failed. Dude, you have already failed both the team and its fans by your evident lack of leadership, so why must we wait so long for you to ultimately depart? How about in three or four months you turn over the team reins to someone more competent than you! Why should we twist in the wind for the obvious to become even more obvious? Goodbye and good riddance, Jim, we won't miss you at all. Roy Reel Culver City :: Jim Buss said if the Lakers aren't contending for an NBA title in three or four years he will step aside and let someone else run the team and make player personnel decisions.
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November 15, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
Kobe Bryant heard what Magic Johnson said about Lakers Vice President Jim Buss. It wasn't kind. But Bryant said he's had no problem with the younger Buss. “[Johnson's] opinion is valued greater than most others because of what he's done here with this franchise. I can only speak from my perspective in my dealings with Jim. He's been phenomenal,” Bryant said. “He's seemingly made all the right choices. Going back in time, I'm sure he would have called me and consulted me on the Mike Brown hiring but that is what it is. Other than that, he's been behind some pretty good moves, some pretty good trades for this organization.” Johnson said Wednesday on Twitter he was “mourning” because the Lakers hired Mike D'Antoni, not Phil Jackson, to be their coach.
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April 19, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The six brothers and sisters, with a gap of 31 years from eldest to youngest, gathered in the winter near the first anniversary of their father's death to discuss some problems about the family business. It's also the city's treasured sports team - the Lakers. The team was nose-diving in the standings, losing the interest of fans, and grinding toward its worst season since the team moved to Los Angeles in 1960. So Jeanie Buss posed an elementary question to her siblings: What was going on with the Lakers?
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March 22, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Within a four-month span, the feeling Lakers guard Kobe Bryant had toward the team's front office subtly changed. In December, Bryant criticized the Lakers for trading Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks, yet still gave the front office a vote of confidence at least for pursuing Chris Paul and Dwight Howard. In February, Bryant blasted the front office for leaving Pau Gasol in limbo and giving uncertain signals about the organization's direction. And in an appearance Thursday on 710 ESPN's Mason & Ireland, Bryant called executive Jim Buss a "great guy" and praised the Lakers for making "the right decisions.
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March 13, 2012 | By Mark Medina
-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan talks with Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak, who argues that executive Jim Buss gets way too much criticism for the team's front office decisions. Kupchak also disputes Magic Johnson's recent assertion that Buss runs the front office. -- NBA.com's David Aldridge reports the Washington Wizards have enough cap space to absorb the remaining $38.2 million left on Gasol's contract. -- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding looks at how Pau Gasol is handling the trade rumors.
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June 1, 2012 | By Mark Medina
--Lakers vice president of player personnel Jim Buss appeared on 710 ESPN's Mason & Ireland to express disappointment over the Lakers' 2011-12 season. -- The Orange County Register's Earl Bloom looks at free agents who could help the Lakers. -- Ball Don't Lie's Dan Devine expresses amusment over former Kentucky standout Anthony Davis saying he wants to shut down Kobe Bryant. -- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky provides a report card for Pau Gasol.
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January 11, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Should Jim Buss, the Lakers' executive vice president of basketball operations, panic at the team's 15-20 start? Given his vow Thursday not to panic , is he right that the injuries are the primary reason the Lakers have had such a dismal start to the season? "I don't know if we've had five games where all our players are playing," Jim Buss said. "When you have injuries like that, you can't play enough games together to get chemistry. " He's certainly not wrong regarding injuries.
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July 18, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
LAS VEGAS -- Jim Buss' most interesting wager of the week was placed off the Las Vegas Strip. The Lakers vice president told NBA TV on Thursday that Kobe Bryant might be even futher ahead of schedule in his return from a torn Achilles' tendon than the superstar himself indicated last week. "I would bet a lot of money on him coming back in preseason," Buss said during the broadcast of the Lakers' Las Vegas Summer League game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Thomas & Mack Center.
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March 29, 2012 | By Mark Medina
-- Times' columnist T.J. Simers argues Lakers fans owe Jim Buss, the Lakers' executive vice president of player personnel, an apology for all their criticism toward him. -- The Times' Mike Bresnahan reports Lakers coaches are fine with Andrew Bynum taking three-pointers, but only if he practices them on off days and makes some of them. -- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding notes Bynum reintegrated himself back in Wednesday's practice. -- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky highlights how Lakers Coach Mike Brown stood firm over benching Bynum.
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April 16, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SAN ANTONIO -- Mike D'Antoni might coach his last game with the Lakers on Wednesday night. Or he might be back next season for the final guaranteed year of his contract. It's the biggest subplot of a Lakers' off-season sure to feature some twists and turns. "We'll sit down with Mitch and Jim at the end of the year and reassess everything and see where we are and see what their thoughts are," D'Antoni said Wednesday, referring to Lakers executives Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss. "I don't have any thoughts yet. The biggest thing was trying to get to the end of the year and we got that done.
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April 8, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
It could always be worse. The Lakers could have been pounded into a sad corner of team history with Dwight Howard in Houston's lineup. So they got hit with the next worst thing, losing to the Rockets without the injured Howard, 145-130, and clinching their most miserable win-loss record since moving to Los Angeles in 1960. With four games to go, the Lakers (25-53) already outdid the 1974-75 team that went 30-52. The Lakers keep seeking stability, a main reason team executives Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak recently sat down with Kobe Bryant for a clear-the-air meeting, The Times has learned.
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April 5, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
For more than a half century, few in this town have loved and lived the Lakers like Joe Smith. The former record mogul has four season seats on the baseline next to the Lakers bench. He has held those seats since the team arrived in Los Angeles. He has become as much of a fixture under the basket as the ballboys and Laker girls. No single ticket holder has endured longer, and certainly no single fan has invested more. For 54 years, Joe Smith has loved the Lakers graciously, gratefully and unconditionally.
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March 24, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
For much of our adult lives, the Lakers have been the toast of the town. That's why the anguish is so understandable now that they are merely toast. But in the midst of all the noise, have we not missed some of the more salient points? Are we so engrossed in our need for instant gratification that we cannot look beyond the most recent tweet? Even as we dissect everything about the Lakers as if they were biology-class frogs, aren't we getting off track a bit? There is no intention here of being an apologist.
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March 21, 2014
How well will Phil Jackson do in New York? Quite well, I'm sure; after all, he has Jim Buss' cellphone number and a number of castoffs to send west. Lynn McGinnis Glendale :: How to become a millionaire? Just ask Jim Buss. He managed to turn a billion-dollar enterprise into a million-dollar one. Sam Austin Bermuda Dunes :: So the owner of the Knicks believes it is worth $60 million to have Phil Jackson watch the team lose for the next five years? Some might say even that amount isn't enough.
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March 20, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
If the Lakers and New York Knicks fight for a franchise-turning free agent in coming summers, Lakers governor Jeanie Buss isn't worried. But wouldn't new Knicks President Phil Jackson and his 13 championship rings (11 as a coach, two as a player) have more drawing power than Lakers executives Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak? “That's not true. I don't agree with that,” Jeanie Buss said Thursday on ESPN 710. “I think the Lakers are a legacy franchise. I think that players know when they come here this is the ultimate platform.
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August 10, 2012 | T.J. Simers
The criticism has been relentless, Jim Buss the longhaired spoiled brat, who beyond everything else nasty that could be said, is apparently nothing like his father. And while he's reluctant to talk about his role in acquiring Steve Nash and Dwight Howard, preferring the Lakers' "front office team" to take the bow, Jim Buss has to admit to feeling goose bumps. It's about 9:30 Friday morning, the Lakers talking to the NBA office and finalizing the deal for Howard when Buss' phone rings.
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January 31, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Magic Johnson has declared a cease-fire on the Lakers, executive/owner Jim Buss and Coach Mike D'Antoni. The Hall of Fame point guard has recently been very publicly lambasting the Lakers concerning their leadership, on-court play and decision to hire D'Antoni over Phil Jackson in 2012. Via Twitter on Thursday, Johnson vowed to stop criticizing his former franchise. Laker Nation: I want to give Coach D'Antoni credit because offensively he's put the Lakers' players in positions to be successful!
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March 20, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers took their team photo on Thursday, well most of them. Jordan Hill missed the annual event, arriving late to the team's practice facility, according to a Lakers spokesman. Also absent in the photo is any member of the Buss family, with owners Jim and Jeanie Buss sitting out.   It's team photo day at El Segundo. #GoLakers pic.twitter.com/epoQ4zQAME - Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 20, 2014 After the passing of Jerry Buss last February, the Lakers honored their late owner with a basketball sitting on an empty chair in between Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard.
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March 20, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan and Eric Pincus
Here's the Lakers' newest nightmare development, other than the play-so-terribly-they-miss-playoffs one they're living now. It starts with plenty of money to spend on free agents. And there's a player or two who can change a franchise. But he's also being recruited by the New York Knicks. Phil Jackson vs. the Lakers? Could easily happen. It won't be in July unless the Lakers show a renewed interest in Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony should he opt out of his contract. But next year, when Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge could be available, the Knicks and Lakers will have plenty of money.
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