In August of last year, owner Dr. Jerry Buss said 80% of Lakers basketball decisions are in the hands of his son, Jim Buss.
So when Mike Brown was hired earlier this week, Jim became a popular name in Laker Land.
Those fans that do not agree or particularly like the hire, blame Jim for hiring Brown, and argue that Jim is “screwing” up the future of the Lakers.
According to Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak, Mike Brown was the “unanimous” choice between Dr.Buss, Jim Buss, and himself. [Kupchak also made it clear that the final say goes through Jerry Buss]
So there goes that argument.
That being said Jim Buss is clearly known for two things:
1. Not getting along with 11-Time Champion, and former head coach Phil Jackson
2. His obsession with Andrew Bynum, who Jim discovered, and pushed management to draft with the 10th pick of the 2005 draft.
If number two on that list needs additional clarification here it is.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, from Yahoo! Sports. Sources tell him that Jim Buss has made it clear within the Lakers that Andrew Bynum is untouchable in trade talks.
Those that wanted to see a deal with the Orlando Magic trading injury-prone Bynum, in a deal to acquire Dwight Howard, may give up hope.
To add more insult to injury, according to ESPN’s NBA Insider Rick Bucher, the Lakers have “dropped” on Dwight Howard’s list of potential teams he will consider after his contract ends.
Bucher said that he believes it goes beyond the recent Yahoo! article that explained Jim Buss making it clear that Bynum is untouchable in trade talks:
“Lakers have slipped on Dwight’s list for reasons beyond that. I’d rank his preferences in this order: Orlando, Dallas, NJ, Lakers. But for Orlando to keep him, they’re going to have to make some serious deals, ones that I’m really doubtful they can pull off.” Bucher said in a SportsNation chat.
Bucher has been wrong before, and it you want some good news; don’t forget what Howard said on All-Star Weekend when he was asked by a reporter who is the one player he would like to play with.
“Number 24, Kobe Bryant”. Howard said without hesitation.
Howard would add, “He is just an unbelievable person to be around, talk to, and pick his brain, he’s great. He is a good guy, and that’s why I would want to have him on my team.” Howard said.
When asked about Kobe’s “rings” and championship success:
“Well you know, I don’t have any, so I wish I had some rings, and one day I will.”
The only question is what jersey Howard will be wearing when that day comes.