Great blogging/article on Jerry Buss and the state of the team:
Lakers Blog (K. Ding): There were only eight people in that meeting room on Oct. 8 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village hotel: three reporters, two public-relations reps, Jerry Buss, some hot chick who came along with Buss (predictable) and some non-hot non-chick who came along with Buss (inexplicable!). As one of those reporters, I feel obligated – especially in light of the Lakers’ arresting victories over Phoenix and Utah since you left the office Friday evening – to remind that being open to trading Kobe Bryant wasn’t the only thing Buss said in that room.
He also said he believed this Lakers team was better than the one that started last season 26-13. He predicted at least 50 regular-season victories.
And with that level of achievement, Buss opined that the Lakers would then be “definitely a contender” for the NBA championship this season.
The upshot of becoming “definitely a contender” is that perhaps Bryant would then want to stay.
“I would hope so,” Buss said. “I would hope that he feels more comfortable if we get a few playoff victories under our belt.”
All this is worth bringing up not just because there’s so much mass-devoured misinformation being transmitted at countless megabits per second when it comes to the topic of trading Bryant. It’s also because the Lakers are playing so well right now that there is reason to believe that Buss’ aforementioned dream could even come true.