Posted January 17, 2014

Magic Johnson says Jim Buss is to blame for Lakers’ woes

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Lakers legend and Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson  (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson says Lakers owner Jim Buss needs to let go of his ego. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Hall of Famer and Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson says he knows exactly what the team’s problems are and they have nothing to do with the rash of injuries that have sunk the team to the bottom of the Western Conference.

Johnson says that owner Jim Buss should be like his late father, Jerry, when it comes to personnel decisions. He says that general manager Mitch Kupchak is doing a great job but doesn’t have any power.

“This is what happens when you make the wrong decisions, two coaching wrong decisions, giving Steve Nash that deal, it’s backfired,” Johnson said, via the Los Angeles Times.

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The Lakers have lost six in a row and 12 of their last 13 games. At 14-25, they are next to last in the Western Conference standings.

“The biggest problem they’re going to have right now … you’ve got to get a guy like Jerry West to be the face of the team. … You’ve got to have someone helping Jim,” Johnson said. “He’s got to quit trying to prove a point to everybody that he can do it on his own, get his ego out of it, and just say, ‘Let me get someone beside me to help achieve the goals I want.’ “


19 comments
Ragoo
Ragoo

Al Davis....Jerry Jones...to name a few big egos that allowed their teams to fail. If Jim Buss doesn't get a clue you can add his name to those two as well. 

fhuf1945
fhuf1945

I agree with Magic Johnson.  Jim Buss needs a professional basketball counselor who is talented and can help him make the right decisions.  I certainly miss Jerry Buss.  He had a lot of wisdom. 

mystafugee
mystafugee

I wouldn't say he's ripping Buss as the title implies, he's just pointing out that Buss should let the basketball people do their jobs.  

Norman5
Norman5

Ever since Magic sold his share in the Lakers to get enough money to buy the Dodgers he ain't got a single good thing to say about the Lakers.  I don't remember him ripping ownership during some of the leaner years when he was involved in ownership. But I suppose if anyone has earned the right to say whatever he wants about the Lakers it would be Earvin.  But c'mon man, you aren't going to tell me Kobe, let alone the rest of them, wouldn't make a difference?

mwr5053
mwr5053

What does Magic know about basketball and especially the NBA? - He's an MLB expert now!

DODGERFAIL2013
DODGERFAIL2013

LA FAILSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS


LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

rh2000
rh2000

Magic is correct!

C13
C13

Magic seems to be blabbering again. 


DR BUSS made the decision to hire Mike Brown.  AND the decision to hire Mike D'Antoni!

fhuf1945
fhuf1945

@mwr5053 Hey, you got to be kidding???    Don't be ignorant.  Magic is an expert at basketball and the NBA.

Jules de la Zazette
Jules de la Zazette

@DODGERFAIL2013 Why you such an LA hat in' troll?  You get turned down for a movie role?  Lose your job as a Dodger usher?  What, son, makes you so bitter? 

Jules de la Zazette
Jules de la Zazette

@C13 Not sure about Brown, but D'Antoni was Jerry Jr.'s choice, not his Dad's. Everyone else with a brain wanted Phil, and he was ready to come back … just think Jr.'s ego couldn't handle it. 

eddie767
eddie767

@C13 Dr.Buss didn't hire either coach. The Moron had already taken over, day-day, operations, since dad was to sick then. This point has been said over and over.

C13
C13

furthermore, their star - Kobe - the biggest NBA legend currently playing, is on record as saying D'antoni was his "first choice". It's no secret that Phil is difficult and Dr. Buss preferred an offense different than Phil's.


This is a team DECIMATED by injury, just as it was last season, with depth issues as well.  


Every time the Lakers were remotely healthy, they did just fine.  To blame it on Dr. Buss or D'Antoni is laughable in the face of all the evidence to the contrary (injuries, depth & injuries)

kb0617
kb0617

@Jules de la Zazette @C13                                                                                                           You are right. I think Jeanie would do a better job of running the Lakers than her brother. Her ego wouldn't get in the way of her letting Kupchak doing his job. This team even if it was healthy maybe would make the playoffs then lose in the 1st round. The Lakers used to be about winning championships not just about barely making the playoffs.

jvedo
jvedo

@C13 well seeing has he was under the care of a doctor dieing of cancer and under the influence of Morphine BECAUSE HE WAS ON HIS DEATH BED FOR almost a year...he dod not hire those coaches you sir are an IDIOT