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LAT: Jim Buss promises to step down if Lakers aren't contenders in 3-4 years


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#1 Iron Mamba

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Posted April 19, 2014 - 06:19 PM

http://www.latimes.c...y#axzz2zNsq7rPO

Jeanie Buss posed an elementary question to her siblings: What was going on with the Lakers?

 

Her older brother Jim Buss, 54, in charge of the Lakers' basketball operations, spoke up in the boardroom of the team's El Segundo training facility and pledged to resign in a few years if the suddenly dark fortunes of the franchise weren't reversed.

 

"I was laying myself on the line by saying, if this doesn't work in three to four years, if we're not back on the top — and the definition of top means contending for the Western Conference, contending for a championship — then I will step down because that means I have failed," he told The Times about the meeting. "I don't know if you can fire yourself if you own the team … but what I would say is I'd walk away and you guys figure out who's going to run basketball operations because I obviously couldn't do the job.

 

"There's no question in my mind we will accomplish success. I'm not worried about putting myself on the line."

 

It was an emotional meeting, and the siblings — including Johnny, Janie, Joey and Jesse — agreed that Jim deserved more time on the job.


Edited by West Coast, April 19, 2014 - 08:14 PM.

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Posted April 19, 2014 - 06:21 PM

Hmm.

Way to make me root against my favorite team

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Posted April 19, 2014 - 06:22 PM

Jim Buss addressing the Lakers nation. Good work Jim. I applaud you in taking accountability for this. Hopefully everything will work out as you and Mitch have planned.

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Posted April 19, 2014 - 06:23 PM

Hmm.

Way to make me root against my favorite team

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Posted April 19, 2014 - 06:24 PM

Ballsy.



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Posted April 19, 2014 - 06:25 PM

3-4 years? Well Kobe's going to be upset.

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Posted April 19, 2014 - 06:26 PM

This is dumb because being a contender can be someones opinion. Being a contender means top 4 in the west at least and getting to at least the conference championship. If that isnt happening in 4 years then he should step down. 


Edited by bigfetz, April 19, 2014 - 06:26 PM.


#8 David

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Posted April 19, 2014 - 06:26 PM


3-4 years? Well Kobe's going to be upset.


It may not be best for Kobe, but I think it is an appropriate time frame to evaluate someone.

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Posted April 19, 2014 - 06:30 PM

I like it. He just went up a notch in my book. That puts him at notch 1.

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Posted April 19, 2014 - 06:35 PM

This is more what I'd like to see from Jim. Win-win. Either Lakers are contenders again in a few years and nobody cares what Jim is doing, or he steps down and the Lakers can finally find someone who'll put them back on track.


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Posted April 19, 2014 - 06:36 PM

Why not now? <_<


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Posted April 19, 2014 - 06:36 PM

I like it. He just went up a notch in my book. That puts him at notch 1.

 

He was at a negative for me, so now he is 0 or neutral...



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Posted April 19, 2014 - 06:37 PM

If we suck for the next 2 years (probably Kobe's last 2) - I doubt others will have patience.



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Posted April 19, 2014 - 06:38 PM

Why do we hate Jim buss again?

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Posted April 19, 2014 - 06:39 PM

Jim Buss isn't going anywhere. Four years could pass, and you could quote this newspaper article about him leaving if the Lakers still sucked. He would just brush it off like he didn't really mean it. Fans can't do nothing anyways if he did stay on.


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#16 Ven

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Posted April 19, 2014 - 06:42 PM

Why do we hate Jim buss again?

 

Shh don't question the majority, just fit in with the rioting crowd. I plan on waiting a long time before point out how asinine Kobe's extension was.



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Posted April 19, 2014 - 06:48 PM

Hmm.

Way to make me root against my favorite team

 

 

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#18 Majesty

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Posted April 19, 2014 - 06:49 PM

Hmm.

Way to make me root against my favorite team


why the heck would you root for Jim Buss and the Lakers to fail just so he could step down? 

You got your priorities all mixed up X_X  


They didn't hire Phil.

let it go. 



Anyway, ballsy move by Jim. 


Edited by Majesty, April 19, 2014 - 06:50 PM.

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#19 Ven

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Posted April 19, 2014 - 06:54 PM

Addressed to Jim Buss:

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Posted April 19, 2014 - 06:56 PM

Since they had a boardroom meeting, they must of also discussed MDA's future.

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