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Kobe, Magic say it's time for Buss to meet Bryant

Posted on: February 22, 2012 10:38 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2012 5:58 am
 
Kobe Bryant says he and Jim Buss should meet; Magic Johnson agrees (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore 

Just days after Kobe Bryant challenged the Lakers' front office to make a desision regarding Pau Gasol and Ken Berger of CBSports.com filed a scathing and revealing report on the inner dysfunction of the team's front office, Bryant told reporters that he and Jim Buss should meet for a conversation. And he wasn't the only Laker great to suggest the idea.

On a conference call Wednesday, Magic Johnson told reporters that Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak is "not running the team" anymore and that Jim Buss is making all the decisions. Johnson, who is as close to the Lakers organization as anyone, considering he has a statue outside their building, said that the answer was for Bryant and Buss to sit down and have a conversation. From the L.A. Daily News:
"(Bryant) just wants to be informed as a team leader and a future Hall of Famer and a guy who has brought five chapmionships to the Lakers," Johnson said. "He wants more communication, probably like he did when Phil Jackson was here and he worked well with Mitch. I don't think Kobe feels he has that type of relationship with Jim.

"What probably has to happen is they need to sit Kobe down and sit Jim down. Dr. Buss was the master at taking you to lunch or taking you to dinner and going over what he was thinking and what he wanted to do with the team.

"Jerry West was good at that as well. Kobe, Mitch and Jim just have to get on the same page and things will be OK."
via Magic: Bryant, Jim Buss need to have face-to-face chat - LA Daily News.

After the Lakers shootaround, Bryant told reporters when asked if it was time for he and the younger Buss to sit down and have a conversation, "Um, perhaps." That was all, but that one word speaks volumes. If it was no, he could have said "I don't know" or "I'm just a player" or even "I'd be open to it." But that's not it. It's Bryant trying to push for change in the organization, to right the ship. This team isn't over, it's not done, it's not through trying to win championships and still features three great players and one or two good players. Bryant's not willing to sit by and let this situation get out of control.

Meanwhile, Magic Johnson is sticking up for the franchise player, going with the star trying to make the most of the end of his career instead of the son of his long-time friend and employer Jerry Buss. (Read the excellent "When the Game Was Ours" by Jakcie McMullen for more on Magic and Buss' friendship.) It's incredible that not only is Bryant openly questioning management, but that the greatest player in franchise history has openly said the GM is not in charge and that the managing owner needs to communicate better with his team. This kind of thing simply doesn't happen. And yet here we are.

The Lakers held a players-oly meeting this week to try and focus past all the distractions and it worked in a blowout win over Portland. As of this writing, they lead the Mavericks by 12 in the second quarter Wednesday night. So the players are doing their part to work past the issues. Will the front office?

Strange days for the most successful franchise in the NBA.
Comments

Since: Feb 13, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:36 am
 

Kobe, Magic say it's time for Buss to meet Bryant

I don't care who you blame Buss jr or Mitch Upchuck . This team has no bench . They have done
a horrible job of getting players to back up kobe and Gasol , Bynum. This Team is going down
hill quick and they need to put on the brakes . Jimmy doesn't have his dads mine for running a team 
and Mitch is just a pon . NO MAGIC NO PHIL NO BENCH NO CHAMPIONSHIP  



Since: Oct 9, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:37 pm
 

Kobe, Magic say it's time for Buss to meet Bryant

Here's to Tim Duncan and the red hot Spurs getting Gregg Popovich's 5 5th Finals Championship and Tim Duncan's 5th as well and the NBA's greatest PF EVER to play the game. I just said EVER. He has owned his era's greats. He will be a legend on the SA metro area and right with George Gervin and David Robinson the Admiral. Here's to the Hall Duncan and most all basketball fans will agree. You don't have to be a. Spurs fan to appreciate what Duncan has done. GO SPURS GO!



Since: Feb 23, 2012
Posted on: February 23, 2012 5:46 pm
 

Kobe, Magic say it's time for Buss to meet Bryant

Hey tripdaddy...sounds like you are from Philly. If you are a 76er fan I can see your frustration. Just look at your team. It's a lot easier to criticize Laker fans when Kobe is Philly's favorite "Sun." But at least when you are thinking of the Lakers you don't have to look at your own team...



Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:41 pm
 

Kobe, Magic say it's time for Buss to meet Bryant

Jim Buss felt the same way.Now you are a mind reader.
Despite all of the success, Jim Buss wanted no part of anything associated with Phil Jackson, no part of the triangle offense or any coaches who ran the triangle offense (Brian Shaw).  I don't have to be a mind reader to know he didn't like Phil Jackson.



Since: Nov 11, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:38 pm
 

Kobe, Magic say it's time for Buss to meet Bryant

Next topic. I'm tired of hearing the Lakers crying. Crying cause now you only have 3 all stars on the team, that must be tuff. Or Kobe driving the lane screaming for a foul call like he always does. You guys couldn't even beat the Suns, that's what you should be crying about. Blow your nose and quit your whimpering. Fishers old and your bench is garbage. One and done in the playoffs.



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:26 pm
 

Kobe, Magic say it's time for Buss to meet Bryant

Cowboys,
I really don't friggin care about Buss ,Kobe or you.As for being too young,you have a smart mouth easy to do that online.Jerry Buss hired Jackson and Shaq and Jackson won him 3 rings.Did Kobe play a part yes,but Shaq played a bigger part.
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 Lopez, you really are a moron. You call someone an annoying gnat but all you do is go around and start arguments with people and worry what teams people root for. You are the one with the smart mouth and nobody won Kobe rings, he played a BIG part in ever ring he has.


dlopez711
Since: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:25 pm
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Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:23 pm
 

Kobe, Magic say it's time for Buss to meet Bryant

dlopez711, the leader isn't the best player.  It makes it easier if he is, but it isn't always the case.  Especially when the best player is an immature clown, like Shaq.

Derek Fisher is the co-captain of the Lakers, the one who all the Lakers respect, and the NBA union president.  He's never won a scoring title or MVP, but he's a true  leader.   

He played 19 friggin years in the NBA.Are you really that dumb
Shaq played 19 years, but didn't play 82 regular season games in any of them.  During the last 11 years he missed 220 games.  That is almost 3 full seasons.  It's a lot easier playing 19 seasons when you miss that many games.  Bill Walton played 10 seasons but averaged only 47 games a year. You don't have to be in shape to have a long career in the NBA, especially when you are 7' and weigh 300 lbs.


dlopez711
Since: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:21 pm
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dlopez711
Since: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:18 pm
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