5 Questions That Will Determine the Lakers Future

True or False: Jim Buss should shoulder most of the blame for the Lakers current situation.

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Jordan Grant // @JordanGrant90:

True, although, not as much as you would think. This team was very well assembled with a few exceptions. The age of Lakers and the strength of the bench have been a big downfall. Add into the equation the inexcusable decision to hire a coach with a system that doesn’t fit over Phil Jackson’s, and that is why the blame falls on Jim Buss.

Matevz Rojc // @MatevzRojc:

True. He runs this organization entirely his way and doesn’t consult with his best player, Kobe Bryant. He had a chance to bring back Phil Jackson and chose D’Antoni instead. That says it all. He made some questionable decisions here recently, and that’s why he is the origin of the Lakers’ problems right now. He can salvage some of this by firing Mike D’Antoni now and letting Bernie run this team.

Jon Gaffer // @jewelslamo:

True. Buss hasn’t a clue. He lives in a world where players never decline in talent, and any guy with a pulse can coach. This mindset is exactly why the Lakers are in the mess they are in.

Garrett Garcia // @GarrettGarcia:

True. Jim Buss is everything that is wrong with the Lakers right now.  He intentionally snubbed Phil Jackson for a less-deserving Mike D’Antoni, and wants everyone to know that the Lakers are his team. This will be the ultimate downfall and demise of the Los Angeles Lakers franchise.

Melvin Taylor // @PastPossible30:

True. Jim Buss’ ego is the reason for this mess, and it will continue to plague the Lakers for as long as he is head over Basketball Operations.

Felipe Amaral // @F_Amaral:

True. One of the main reasons the Lakers haven’t been able to play up to their potential is because of Mike D’Antoni. Buss was the man who ultimately made the decision to go with Mike over Phil. If the Lakers don’t turn the ship around, you have to go back to the person who signed a coach who couldn’t get it done with four future Hall-of-Famers at his disposal, and that person is Jim Buss.

Alex Lambeth // @AlexLambeth:

Neither. Jim Buss should shoulder some of the blame for the Lakers’ demise this season, but General Manager Mitch Kupchak and Owner Jerry Buss should also take some of the blame. Hiring head coach Mike Brown and then Mike D’Antoni, while passing up Phil Jackson, were colossal mistakes by all three Lakers “decision-makers”, and could contribute to one of the most disappointing seasons in sports’ history.

James Cypert // @JamesCypert:

With every analyst and fan boy clamoring to crown the Lakers after this past summer’s roster moves, Jim Buss can’t be blamed for assembling an All-Star roster. Rather, the blame should be placed on the Lakers’ training and medical staff who can’t seem to keep anyone on the court for more than a few games without injury.

Oren Levy // @LakersOren:

False: Jim deserves a ton of credit for bringing in Nash and Dwight. The only fault you can attribute to him is hiring the Mikes – Brown and D’Antoni. But the details around the Phil Jackson interaction earlier this year are murky, and Jim did a great job forming what seemed like a formidable roster.

Anna Gonda // @AnnaLBG:

False. As much as fans would like to blame Jim Buss for everything, he’s not the one coaching on the sidelines, and he’s not a player participating in the actual games. The Lakers’ issues and solutions don’t begin and end with ownership or management. There’s only one place basketball games can be won and that’s on the court and in the locker room.

Robert Benitez // @beeb0:

False. I don’t necessarily think it is Jim’s fault. We all saw the roster over the summer and got very excited at the possibilities. He traded Bynum and went after a needed point guard. His only flaw this year was not hiring Phil Jackson, but that was reportedly not his sole decision. Even if it was, D’Antoni seemed like a good fit in the beginning, even though most fans try to pretend like they were never on board.