Jim Buss Has Left The Building

It is the exit. Finally.  The last attempt by Jim Buss to save his fledgling basketball career has failed. He was unable to cut his sister out of the family executive coffers and put himself in.  He has been removed as a trustee and his younger sister Janie has taken his place.  He has no…

Buss On Buss Crime: Jeanie Wins Round 1

Black Tuesday-the entire Lakers front office blown to pieces while Magic Johnson restored order-feels anticlimactic compared to Friday when they had their Jeanie Buss firewall tested. Ruthlessly ousted Jim Buss meted out phase one of his revenge. With one of his brothers [Johnny] at his side and the only ally in this Battle of Shiloh…

The Quick Exile of the Ordinary Son

…he left a gigantic shadow for all sports. It would be ridiculous to say he’s the greatest owner we ever had but he was… he’s going to be missed. He’s really going to be missed. (Jerry West ) This isn’t a movie. The hero isn’t exonerated. The hero doesn’t slay his oppressor. Nor is it…

Mitch Kupchak At The End of the World

Jerry West announced his retirement from the Lakers in the summer of 2000. Directly responsible for the first post-Showtime title, the timing was perfect. Look at what he had done. He brought Kobe Bryant to Los Angeles in a trade. He signed Shaquille O’Neal as a free agent. He traded for Robert Horry after Horry…

The End Of The Purple Reign

For well over 50 years the Los Angeles Lakers were basketball royalty. They had one of the strongest brands, not just in sports, but in the world. But mark my words, the Lakers will never win another championship. The Lakers were once the epitome of success, having won 16 championships. They only missed the playoffs…

Kobe the Mentor?

(Our Basketball Panel Answers Five Questions about Kobe Bryant’s Future and Season) Will Kobe retire after this season and more importantly should he retire? Alex Khalifa: My guess is that he will. Kobe may have flirted with the idea of joining the Clippers, but I believe he identifies so strongly with the Lakers organization that…

Jim Buss Pushing Kobe Out The Door

So now we know. Jim Buss, Lakers Executive Vice-President of Basketball Operations, made it clear where he stands on Kobe Bryant’s 20th season. He sees it as Kobe’s final farewell, a swan song, a serenade. Good for him. But, getting Kobe to agree to Buss’ grand exit see you later plan however is a whole…