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In comments to the Mike Bresnahan and the Los Angeles Times, Lakers owner Jim Buss made his most impactful statement since taking full control of basketball operations in 2013.

As fans continue to have doubts regarding the direction of the franchise, Buss clearly knows the expectations of franchise and as a result noted in a board meeting with his family that he would resign from his position if the team was not back to being a contender in the coming years.

“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.”

Buss has hardly been a public figure for the team since taking over the team after the death of his father, Dr. Jerry Buss. Without the appearances at games or at press conferences, the fans have questioned the whereabouts of Buss while also criticizing the lack of responsibility being taken by management.

Buss is said to have been the driving force behind the hiring of Mike Brown and Mike D’Antoni, two very unpopular hires amongst the fan base.  To make matters worse for Buss, this year the team suffered its worst season since moving to Los Angeles with a 25-57 record.  Add in Dwight Howard leaving to Houston or the team passing over Phil Jackson twice, many if not all decisions have gone wrong the past two seasons.

Although it is easy to focus on the negatives, Buss has shown flashes of brilliance such as moves like acquiring Chris Paul before the move was vetoed by the NBA and then responded to that by making moves for Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, giving the Lakers high expectations before everything came crashing down due to injuries and many other issues.  It might be that brilliance that gives Buss the confidence to tell people the Lakers will be back on top sooner than later.

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

If anything, fans should at least give Buss credit for finally stepping into the spotlight and putting his job on the line.  Not only does it show that he is maturing as an executive, but is also taking responsibility for the success and failure of the Lakers.

It is a start in the right direction.

  • Richard

    With this past unfortunate season, I say the best thing is to give him some space and a chance to succeed. Face the realities of a highly competitive NBA, (as it should be) and lets move on… forward.

  • RonHawkster

    Dude, you have failed NOW. So, step down NOW. No reason wasting 3-4 years of our time and millions of your own money. It’s obvious you’re not cut out to be in charge. Go enjoy your money and put Jerry West back in charge (now that you lost your chance to lock up PJ).

    • Michael

      LOLOLOLOLOL, Thank you!

  • Max Prime

    The Lakers need to go after Michael Beasley. 10times better at the SF than Wesley Johnson.

  • Max Prime

    Michael Beasley should be brought in. Talented scorer, still only 25, can be gotten on the cheap.

  • Max Prime

    If we can bring in Michael Beasley that would take care of one of our weaknesses. Than we’d only need kobe back, Gasol back, Meeks and Marshall back as our starters. Along with a defensive minded coach and we’ve got a shot.

  • Max Prime

    With Marshall back with a solid years experience. I’m expecting a breakout year from Marshall next year. It about 3 seasons for Stockton and Nash to breakout.

  • Max Prime

    Michael Beasley would be a great pick up for the purple and gold.

    • Michael

      Come on MAn!

      • Michael

        We need Ballers!!!!!

  • independentbynature

    Why wait,Jimmy?

  • Max Prime

    How do the Bobcats have 2 Lakers rejects Douglas Roberts and McRoberts. and Make the playoffs?

    • Michael

      LOL, LOL My MAN!!!!

  • Max Prime

    IMO Kendall Marshall is already the best passer in the NBA today. Up his FT% develop a crossover, 15 footer, floater and learn to back down smaller guards with a sky hook and you got yourself a hall of famer!

    • Michael

      He can’t Shoot, that’s a LIABILITY…

  • Burt

    Jim Buss just reeks from the looks of it.The Lakers gotta fire Mike D’Antoni,if this was Keith Smart or Mike Brown or Maurice Cheeks or Avery Johnson he would have been fired already but since he is white and good at bullshitting the Lakers keep him around since he is good at faking he is some big corporate head coach of a NBA team.MDA is great at making other people think he is something special like he is some great coach or something he lies and pretends in front of the camera every time.Mike has manipulated the Buss family into making them think he is going to turn this mess around.MDA is faking it and just pretending he is acting like he is better than he is.The Phony D’Antoni has been exposed in LA.This guy is a faker not a Laker.

  • Burt

    Jim Buss should step down already this is a joke.Sell majority shares of the team man.

    • Michael

      I agree

    • Michael

      He’s Not Into it- He should focus on the STOCK MARKET and making MONEY, and stop fucking with us FANS because he ca…. DUDE, just please let your sister run the show, and stop fucking with her, this isn’t your thing nor Jeanne’s thing but she might actually pull this off, but you all need better advisers, and listen to each other for a change. You might be rich but that don’t make you any different from all the other brothers and sisters that play childish games with each other, you need to understand there are lots of emotions that ride on these games, more than you can comprehend

      • Michael

        We Can’t get rid of Mike D- Because just like the rest of the team he gave it all he had which now looking back is why I he’s a LAKER to me life………Thanks Coach!!!!!!!
        . I think we need to keep MIKE where he’s at because it would be too hard to give any couch 2 years of experience with a Elite team like the Lakers and expect him to bring us a ring…..NO! nobody else can do any better. Couch D made Hill this season, and now he’s complaining about his rotations and the couches system… Players have it too easy under him if they get to play, and maybe he has his own way of getting to them because look what he did to Kman…..

  • Michael

    This is who I want to see;

    Fisher in the front office

    Kobe- At point guard position-Will have to be Nash/Kobe at the same time which is like killing two birds with one stone.

    Carmelo- Will not be NY next year, this was part of PHill taking the JOB in NY, and setting up this epic blockbuster move for next year

    • purp n’ gold

      I think we need to build through the draft, I think the league has made it unequivocally clear that its impossible to do otherwise with the new CBA.

      • Michael

        We don’t have time to build… Kobe Don’t have 1 or 2 years to waste.

        Next Year has to be it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Michael

          From a NBA rock bottom 2 a RING………

        • purp n’ gold

          The cookies have crumbled.

    • Michael

      Maybe give them Gortat, and keep Pau…. I want Pau to stay but, Does he want a ring is my question, what’s more important to Pau, OPERA or RING?

  • Michael

    I like Melo, He likes KOBE, and if anyone can help him get over the hump and get a ring is KOBE and the LAKERS

  • Michael

    And please stop with these creative thought people, we don’t want no more washed up players….No left overs please!!!!!!!!!!!

  • purp n’ gold

    He needs to jump on the opportunity now, why wait!?!?

    • Michael

      We need Fast Money!!!!!!

      • Michael

        We Need Ballers!!!!!!!!!

  • quickster007

    The Lakers doesn’t need a coach who rely on Nash in order for him to be great. The only time Dantoni looks good as a coach was in Phoenix when Nash was his point guard. If Jim Buss can’t fire Dantoni he needs to fire himself. It’s been four years since the Lakers won a championship. The way things are looking it might be another 6-10 years before the teams make it in the playoff. Jim and Jeanie Buss are too incompetent for this team to win any championship. I know it’s not the money because they are getting a billion dollars from Time Warner Cable.

    • Somethings Amiss

      Don’t out Jeanie in the mix, this is all on JIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Max Prime

        Wrong!!! If your the top dawg than u must take the blame for the direction. U can’t be the one responsible for everything and not take responsibility for anything.

  • Max Prime

    Michael Beasley. With a pass first PG. If we would of had him instead of can’t create their own shots Wesley Johnson and Shawn Williams. We would won 15 more games to start with.

  • Max Prime

    Michael Beasley former number 2 pick. Lost in Miami. former 20pts a game scorer in Minnesota. Still only 25 years old.