Dr. Jerry BussPress Telegram: My name is Jerry Buss, and why are people suddenly doubting me?

Are they suffering from amnesia? Do they forget that the Los Angeles Lakers have won eight world championships since I took over ownership from Jack Kent Cooke in 1979? Do they forget that no other NBA team has been that successful during this period? Do they forget Showtime?

Sure, we have struggled the past few years after winning three straight championships, but don’t all teams in this league struggle at times? Look at the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks. Those franchises also were once on top, but their decline has been a lot more dramatic than ours has been in recent times.

OK, I admit it, I’m solely responsible for us getting rid of Shaquille O’Neal. Kobe Bryant is right. He had nothing to do with it.

It was the simple fact of my not wanting to pay O’Neal because I frankly didn’t think he was worth it. Granted, O’Neal did a terrific job for us in the early going, but he then started to become complacent and started to put on a lot of weight and started to sit out too many games. No way I was going to give him a four-year contract extension of over $100 million.

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  • DYNASTY

    right after we get kg…mitch and buss are the men!!!!!!!!!!1

    go lakers!

  • That’s Right

    Hey Jerry: put your son on ice until the KG deal is done!

  • kobeguru

    LMAO, I love how he made fun of Shaq.

  • aaron

    talk is cheap mother f***** do something and do it now. and then ill show you some respect.

  • Brett

    Pretty good article, i enjoyed it. Just get kg, and well all be on good terms.

  • magic32

    Doc Buss deserves a chance. . . .. . . . yea we know laker fans are giving him one and that chance is to get Kevin Garnett. And if he doesnt then he deserves no more. Seriously this news isn’t interesting go find some good articles even if it doesnt have to deal with the lakers

  • http://Lakers.com Ed24

    I agree 100% with magic32. Find some articles that are worth posting or don’t post anything at all.

  • LA-KB24

    i like it… “Kobe and the Lakers Will Be Back”

  • Fatty

    More on Shaq’s team meeting at Duncan Donuts. This was after the Heat’s loss to the Knicks when Shaq said his teamates embarrassed him.

    Shaq – “Ok guys, I’m tired of you embarrassing me. Its time for the Big Cinamon Bun to take over. Wade, you got something to say?

    Wade- “No, I lead by example. I do my playing on the court. So, if you guys want to learn something I suggest you watch the ESPN highlights.

    Shaq – “Listen up you donut holes. I’ll make it real easy for ya. I’ve got a game plan even you can follow. On this table I’ve drawn up a play that we need to use every time down the court. Using these donuts will make it real easy to understand. Now Payton, you’re the glaze, Williams, you the plain cake, Haslem, the maple bar, Wade, you’re the Chocolate coated one with all the candy sprinkles on top, and me, I’m the Big Cinnamon Bun in the middle.”

    Wade – “Why can’t I be the Big Cinnamon Bun in the middle?!

    Shaq – “Because I’m the Big Cinnamon Bun. Your turn will come some day. For now, I’ve got the Big Buns around here.”

    Payton – “Shaq, where are the defense guys?”

    Shaq – “ I ate them when I was setting this up. But that’s not important. What’s important is what you do with the donut hole.”

    Payton – “Shaq, I’m not happy being just a glaze.I’m better than that. I feel I should be a Raspberry Jam filled, at least.”

    Shaq – “Ok Payton, You can be a jam filled. Where’s Walker?”

    Walker – “Hey, hey, hey! Its Fat Walker, Reporting for duty, Shaq Man.”

    Shaq – “Walker, put down that Cinnamon Bun and listen.

    Here’s the play. We have one play we run the whole game. You take the Donut Hole and pass it to the Big Cinnamon Bun in the middle every time. From now on out, you put the whole game on my buns and I’ll will carry you to the Championships. Its so simple, even that Caveman, Kapono could do it. Now, let’s go play some ball.”

    Wade – “Shaq, Aren’t you coming with us?”

    Shaq – “Be there in a moment. I need to stay behind and eat all the evidence. “

  • mfoznot

    Did Buss write that article because it lists another guy “..doug..” after the article? I thought it was kinda immature.

  • dakobestopper

    Doc Buss needs to trade for KG. Period.

  • Superllvllan

    You know, I don’t sound out on this website very much. I check out every few hours because I want to know the latest news on Kobe and any REAL trades that might affect our (LOS ANGELES Natives) team.

    I play basketball, I lived and breathe it completely just a few years ago. Now I’m a bit older, stressed out with school and work, barely have time for a pick up game at the park. The point is, I know what it is to be on a team and be a winner. I know what it is to be mediocre and a loser. I know that basketball is much more than just a game, it’s a way of life in its own. Trust me, I know. I never got paid to play. I did it because I loved it. I know what I’m talking about…

    So when a Kobe sounds out at the organization for their incompetence, I stand by him 100%. This article; I don’t know if Buss said all these things himself, but the hell with him. He’s BS’ing. Mitch is the dumbest SOB manager in the history of sports for all I know. Buss says Shaq became complacent, well that might’ve been so for a while. However, Buss also became complacent and decided he’d lie to Kobe and Phil. He has he championships and the “legacy”, now he just wants to lift prices and cash in on Kobe’s excellence. Yeah, Buss has been the source of where the money comes from, but I don’t owe him nothing. I owe the players who decided to take the name of the Lakers on their jersey’s and played up to the tradition standards and beyond.

    When I hear that people are talking crap about Lamar, I stand by him 100% and throw two middle fingers back at those people. Because they don’t know, Lamar gave his all last year and that’s saying something when thinking what he went through. In the 2006 playoffs, everyone saw what he can do and will do if he stays here. I wouldn’t trade him for no one but one, and that’s KG. But I wish we can work out a way to keep him.

    This team isn’t just about Kobe. If it is to you, then you don’t know crap ’bout this Laker Nation. Kobe is the soul of this team, because no matter how money he gets paid…he’s the first and last person in that gym. His contract don’t say nothing ’bout how he’s supposed to wake up at 4 or 5 in the morning to train and work out everyday of the year. Only reason he blasted everyone on the media is because he wanted all the fan’s to know that he’s hurting and is trying his best to make it back to the finals, but he’s needs help all around. If he wanted to be traded, it could’ve been done some other way. He sounded off because he really cares and doesn’t want to go anywhere. The hell with this crap about him liking to hear himself talk. Buss is a punk, just trying to cover himself up.

    I want to start up a petition for all laker fans to sign in which the city would stick a size 14 steel-toed boot up his ying-yang. Than maybe he could wake up and smell the fresh air.

    The Lakers have been a part of my life since I turned 5. Every year passes and I love them that much more. I wish I could relive 00-02 all over again, and then again and again. I watch no less than 75 games every season, and I usually have a social party for each game that I can host. If they lose, that’s a F’d up day. If they win, I don’t care how messed up that day has been…I’m high as a crack head. No matter how old I am, I live and breathe Lakers. I care for this team and what it represents. For six months out of twelve, I rely on the Lakers for my happiness, my emotions are strictly determined by them.

    I know what I’m talking about.

  • TheComeBacKid

    So this is what he have been reduced to? Punks bitching about the lack of articles and Fatty making jokes about Shaq and food…NICE!

    For those bitching…have any of you asses made a donation to the site? Didnt think so! This site kicks ass and is the best source on the web for Garnett info…so shut it!

    And yeah, Magic32, getting articles about non-Lakers issues is about the stupidest idea I’ve heard all day.

    -CBK

  • That’s Right

    CBK – straight up

  • Adam

    That whole skit on Shaq and food was just a waste of time.

  • Fatty

    cbk

    Next time read the article. I just followed its lead and stayed on topic which you failed to do. Get a life dude.
    Its almost 10, must be past your bed time.

  • pr0mega

    How can you people possibly complain about this website and it’s VAST variety of articles? How often can you go to a specific news site and more than likely see a NEW posting every few hours? These guys are doing a terrific job of keeping all of us on top of whats going on in Lakerland. Oh, and if you hate it so much, then why do I constantly see you guys posting comments on articles and shoutboxes? If it’s so terrible then I’m sure you have something better to do. Or do you? Just sit around all day and flame a SUCCESSFUL website, good call!

    P.S. Buss is the man. Showtime would have never happend without him and I’m glad he’s reminding everyone of that.

  • http://myspace.com/crunklilgangsta Kenny

    lol he neva said this t, this is just sum1 intimitsting him

  • TheComeBacKid

    Payton – “Shaq, I’m not happy being just a glaze.I’m better than that. I feel I should be a Raspberry Jam filled, at least.”

    Fatty – you’re right that shit is right on topic! I wasnt even jumping on your shit but if that’s how you want to play it. I’m game. In fact, I’ll mention what the rest of us would like you to do:

    Step away from the keyboard. Next, open that door and go down the hall. Open the door to the room that smells like your dinner. Then open that little door behind the mirror and you’ll find that little untouched Speed Stick – USE IT. Then get out the house and get a fucking life – BITCH!

  • mfoznot

    You guys are all nappy-headed hoes I bet (IMUS Reference)… too soon?

  • Fatty

    cbk

    Do your parents know you are on their computer?

  • Fatty

    cbk

    My guess you are 11 0r 12 years old. Am I right?

  • TheComeBacKid

    Fatty – do you want me to be?

  • Fatty

    cbk

    Does your big brother read the comments and type for you?

  • TheComeBacKid

    Make up your mind. Is it me or him?

  • That’s Right

    [quote comment=”7786″]Payton – “Shaq, I’m not happy being just a glaze.I’m better than that. I feel I should be a Raspberry Jam filled, at least.”

    Fatty – you’re right that shit is right on topic! I wasnt even jumping on your shit but if that’s how you want to play it. I’m game. In fact, I’ll mention what the rest of us would like you to do:

    Step away from the keyboard. Next, open that door and go down the hall.

    Open the door to the room that smells like your dinner. Then open that little door behind the mirror and you’ll find that little untouched Speed Stick – USE IT. Then get out the house and get a fucking life – BITCH![/quote]

    LMAO!!!

  • Fatty
  • :)24

    you can think of…Nothing will happen..Just look at what is buss saying about Bynum..and so on….he really bealives…that we can be contenders with this team…

  • That’s Right

    [quote comment=”7797″]you can think of…Nothing will happen..Just look at what is buss saying about Bynum..and so on….he really bealives…that we can be contenders with this team…[/quote]

    I’m curious, what is Buss supposed to say about Bynum and the other Lakers at this stage: that they suck? Remember he is trying to make trades. Whatever he says will have a impact on negotiations. Kobe already put L.A. in a bind with his tantrum and hurt the Lakers’ bargaining position. At this stage Buss or Kupchak or any Laker source will continue to spout about what great assets they have because they have to.

  • KGDMAN

    TRUE THAT

  • schnide

    you guys do know that its not really jerry buss saying all that… right? ..its an editorial..

  • TheComeBacKid

    Schnide –

    We got it. It’s the message that the organization is putting out there that we are discussing.

  • http://www.getgarnett.com Fred A.

    I will give him another chance after I see that KG is with
    the lakers with Kobe. Jerry and his son deserves all that headache, cause he does not understand laker fans anymore.
    Laker fans want to see championships and winning them no
    disrespect. We have not had one since 2002 and it is getting to be 2008 that about 5 whole years that to long.
    He needs to understand we want to be close to getting a championship or just winning it and we want it now. I mean this season. The only way to do this is by getting KG and keeping Kobe happy. I love Kobe in that laker uniform and do not want to see him go the only way I want to see him go
    is by retiring with 5 or 6 ‘NBA CHIPS’ or possibly more.
    Jerry needs to look back on the pass and see how he did it
    and bring that to the present and future of the lakers.
    Personaly I like Jerry Buss, but know through these past years he is making me sick to my stomach. We as laker fans
    are so determined right now that I wanna see Jabbar and West
    suit up to play for us now. But Magic can’t.But I do believe
    he is innocent. And I hope Jerry Buss getting the message
    and this one to!!!!!!Go Lakers!!!!!!!!

  • steve

    Fatty and cbk.Both of you guys have made me laugh after a really crap day .Thanks .remember laughter is the best medicine for very sick bloggers waiting for the cure to our off season sickness.please doctor house help us…..my guess your 11 or 12 am i right?..cbk do you want me to be…lol best line of the off season…keep it up fatty and cbk

  • Lonestar

    If you don’t like the articles, just don’t read em. They are putting on a great service to everyone who is interested.

    Completely agree with SuperVillan and ComeBackid. That’s what being a true Laker fan is all about

  • http://www.getgarnett.com Fred A.