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Yes, Laker fans, I said it. Lets not blame Mitch for the Lakers struggles for finding some big name talent. Lets face the facts, we do not, nor may we ever know how good of General Manager Mitch Kupchack can be.
Dr. Jerry Buss is growing old and weary and he decided to start handing the team over to his son Jim Buss. Jim is the one who drafted Bynum and the one that has not traded him for anyone.
The fact of the matter is, the Lakers front office does not have a set vision. Mitch is trying to do his job as General Manager, yet Jim Buss thinks he knows more about basketball than a man that played for the Lakers and a man that was trained by the greatest General Manager of all time — Jerry West.
There is a big fight over whose team it really is, and when it comes down the final decision it rests in not Mitch’s hands but Jim Buss. This is one of the main reasons why Jerry West left seven years ago. He saw it coming, and he didn’t one to be a puppet to Jim Buss.
Yes, some radio stations blame Mitch for allowing himself to be a puppet, but what is he suppose to do? The final word does not rest with him, it rests with Buss.
This is the bottom line, Mitch seems to be focused on building a contender around Kobe Bryant, yet Jim Buss wants to build it around Andrew Bynum. I surely understand Kobe’s frustration with an organization who can’t even decided who to build the team around and what moves are good ones.
Jason Kidd would have been in purple and gold if Mitch would have had his way, yet us as Laker fans put him to blame for all the Lakers troubles. Laker fans you have every right to be upset, heck, I am very upset about the current state of the Lakers. But lets not crucify a man who has been a puppet for Jim and Jerry Buss. The scapegoat if you will.
I have confidence that Jerry West trained Mitch right, and you should too.
The only way to fix this, is to get Jim Buss out of personnel decisions and have him focus on being an owner.
Laker fans, the big moves could be approaching, just sit back and let Mitch do his job, and hope and pray Buss allows him to, because if so, we might have some big additions this off-season.