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#1 pll4

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Posted June 19, 2012 - 08:52 PM

TV analyst Magic Johnson has called out Lakers honcho Jim Buss, while also wondering in a tweet why Kobe Bryant isn't doing the same every day.

In online excerpts from an interview Phil Jackson did with HBO, Jackson is asked why Jim Buss has "chosen to almost disassemble so much of what you've built?"

And now the Lakers don't have a starting point guard on their roster, with Ramon Sessions opting out of his contract.

"Bring it on," says Buss, "where do you want to start?"

What are the chances of the Lakers starting the season with Bryant, Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol all in Lakers uniforms?

"Very good," says Buss.

So you don't agree with those who say the Lakers must turn Gasol into two or three players via a trade?

"No," he says. "I think changes are going to be made moving Pau lower to the basket. We can improve that way with a change in coaching strategy rather than a change in personnel."

No moves?

"We will try to sign Sessions when the rules allow beginning in July," he says. "And improve the bench."


"He's already had lunch with Mitch [Kupchak], and from what I'm hearing Kobe is pretty satisfied with this team. If I heard differently from Kobe, it would put some doubt into what I was thinking.

"But I'm hearing he believes this team kept together can do something. And he's only got a short window of time remaining to win championships, so apparently he believes this group gives him the best chance to do so."


"I expect Andrew to mature as a player and as a person this upcoming season," he says, and now add dreamer to the list of what everyone seems to think of Buss.


Read full interview here

Wow. Second year bounced in the second round. Second year Pau has been a no show. Bynum is still a baby and just chooses when to show up. Yet, no big changes will be made. I'm officially not looking forward to next season.

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Posted June 19, 2012 - 08:53 PM

good PC answer cant say yeah we are shopping them haha
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Posted June 19, 2012 - 08:56 PM

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Posted June 19, 2012 - 08:57 PM

This is going to be the beginning of the 10-year Laker hiatus unless we make big moves NOW.

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Posted June 19, 2012 - 08:57 PM

Well there goes the last few years of Kobe's career. Smh

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Posted June 19, 2012 - 09:01 PM

Please let this be a smokescreen.

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Posted June 19, 2012 - 09:01 PM

He needs to say that regardless of what his true intention is.

If he does intend to make major moves, he wouldn't say it because it would lose the Lakers leverage in any potential trade discussions.

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Posted June 19, 2012 - 09:05 PM

A little bit of a smack down on Magic. Magic would suck at being a gm to be honest.
"The way Steve is as a teammate, the way he sets the tone, the way the team kind of takes on his persona. As a coach, that's the best thing in the world. It's easy to coach. He's taking care of the chemistry. You just coach."

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Posted June 19, 2012 - 09:08 PM

Well what the hell do you expect him to say? "I can guarantee you that Pau will be traded in the off-season"? In my opinion, he could of handled the questions better. He should of said something like, "I still believe in this core, but at the same time we are always trying to find ways to improve the roster".

Edited by #GameTime, June 19, 2012 - 09:09 PM.

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Posted June 19, 2012 - 09:10 PM

He cant say anything else or players lose trade value

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Posted June 19, 2012 - 09:13 PM

Also from this article, he says:

Buss is surprised. "I'm in constant contact with Kobe and we'll make sure Magic knows that," he says. "We have the draft coming up and we're trying to trade up into the first round. After the draft, Kobe and I will have a sitdown.


Interesting........

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Posted June 19, 2012 - 09:16 PM

no way in the hell u gonna trade up into the first round when you're the 30th pick in the second round.

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Posted June 19, 2012 - 09:20 PM

no way in the hell u gonna trade up into the first round when you're the 30th pick in the second round.

I am sure they could get a first round pick by trading Pau for players and a pick.
"The way Steve is as a teammate, the way he sets the tone, the way the team kind of takes on his persona. As a coach, that's the best thing in the world. It's easy to coach. He's taking care of the chemistry. You just coach."

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Posted June 19, 2012 - 09:24 PM

I am sure they could get a first round pick by trading Pau for players and a pick.


they could but I just can't see it. may be Houston will give up their pick lol

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Posted June 19, 2012 - 09:28 PM

Hopefully we get a young athletic point gaurd that fan defend and sign a great back up shooting gaurd for the mid level exception

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Posted June 19, 2012 - 09:28 PM

In translation: don't expect any championships in a while

Bye bye Buss

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Posted June 19, 2012 - 09:28 PM

pau for westbrook
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Posted June 19, 2012 - 09:45 PM

Please let this be a smokescreen.

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Posted June 19, 2012 - 09:49 PM

Been saying this for a while that it might happen where no major trade will happen. I personally think pau just doesn't fit on this team and he really is the only major trade to do. But he better at least change up the bench then. Try to get beaslly without trading hill.

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Posted June 19, 2012 - 10:02 PM

C'mon guys.....

Yes, he expects Pau Gasol to be in a Lakers uniform to start next seasom after trying to trade him all of last season. Right.

Again, what's he going to say when asked about Bynum/Gasol? "We are going to shop them around all summer." Thats not going to happen and risk immature Bynum throwing a hissy fit.

All of last season the front office tried to make changes, I expect nothing less this off season. Just be patient and not believe everything you hear from personnel that NEEDS to be politically correct so the media doesn't spin something he words incorrectly.

Jim Buss knows the pressure is on him now to do something great. We have all summer to deal with this stuff.




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