Dr. Jerry Buss told Jeanie that hiring Mike D’Antoni was his decision
According to Ramona Shelburne, the late Dr. Jerry Buss told his daughter, Jeanie, that it was his call to hire Mike D’Antoni instead of Phil Jackson last year:
Later on, the elder Buss explained to his daughter that the final decision on the hire had been his, and it was not personal towards Jackson. He simply saw the NBA heading in a direction that seemed to fit D’Antoni’s uptempo style.
While this isn’t news to some Laker fans, it will be to others, who have wrongly put the blame of hiring D’Antoni on Jim Buss.
Jerry always wanted to get back to the Showtime style of basketball that Magic Johnson‘s Lakers were so good at during the 80s. Hiring D’Antoni to coach Steve Nash and Dwight Howard seemed like a perfect fit.
I understand why Dr Buss would think this. The unfortunate thing is the point guard we got to attempt this with was about 2 years too late, and the other one got taken from us by Stern when this plan was initially set in motion after the lockout.
Edited by Majesty, July 08, 2013 - 01:44 AM.