By now you’ve read that Jerry Buss has said Kobe Bryant isn’t untouchable.

Most fans believed the front office spin they heard over the summer, that Kobe Bryant would not be traded. We even heard that teams were abstaining from making offers because the understanding around the league was that the Lakers would not deal Kobe.

Some fans figured that eventually Lakers management would consider trading Kobe simply because of his opt out clause at the end of next season.

Today’s article citing Jerry Buss’ take on this hashed and rehashed issue has most fans up in arms for one reason or another. The season is just underway and it appeared that Kobe decided months ago that he was committed to this season, win, lose, or draw. We haven’t heard or seen anything to suggest otherwise which makes Jerry’s comments all the more perplexing. However, Jerry Buss’ actions aren’t as curious when you consider the entire sequence of events and put them into context.

Jerry Buss had a tumultuous off-season. His golden child who sells out the Staples Center as well as road venues went on a tirade that essentially humiliated Dr. Buss. Simultaneously, Kobe was telling 570AM that no one from the Lakers organization was communicating with him. Later that same night, Dr. Buss was arrested for driving under the influence with a young lady sitting in the passenger seat as he drove the wrong way on the road.

Even the biggest optimist in the Lakers Nation had to face the reality that Jerry Buss and his Lakers front office was not what it once was.

In August of 2000, Jerry West, the most accomplished General Manager in the NBA, left the Los Angeles Lakers. There has been a lot speculation regarding why he left, but at the end of the day this happened under Dr. Buss’ watch. The Lakers had just won their first of three back-to-back titles and Jerry West packed it up and left.

The next two seasons were great times for the Nation, but the media kept reporting on the developing feud between Shaq and Kobe. The team’s greatest player, Shaquille O’Neal, grew more and more complacent and arrogant. The problems continued to swell larger than Shaq’s arthritic toe for four seasons until the problem was so enormous the team simply could not survive.

Though the Lakers enjoyed the coaching talents of Phil Jackson, the leadership in the organization itself could not manage all of the egos of three former champions. Dr. Buss effectively fired Phil Jackson, and the next day Shaq demanded out of Los Angeles. Jerry West’s missed leadership on the Lakers had lead to this very cold day.

While on vacation in Italy, Dr. Buss phoned Kobe, who had opted out of his contract to explore free agency, and promised Kobe that they would build a contender around Kobe. As part of his argument, Dr. Buss cited his long standing success rate in creating championship teams.

Meanwhile, the Lakers made the worst trade in team history sending Shaq to Miami for Lamar Odom, Caron Butler, and Brian Grant along with the draft rights that brought Jordan Farmar to the Lakers. For the next three seasons the Lakers would pay Brian Grant $15 million a year.

The next summer, without consulting their prized player, the Lakers traded Kobe’s training partner Caron Butler. That trade wound up being the second worst trade in team history, sending Kwame Brown to the Lakers for now All-Star Caron Butler and Chucky Atkins.

In two consecutive off-seasons, under the watch of Dr. Buss, the Lakers had traded away the greatest center in the game and then traded their best #2 for a total bust.

Since then, the Lakers haven’t made any sizable trades. Mitch Kupchak has taken most of the heat for the deplorable players that have played along side Kobe such as Smush Parker. After two seasons of excuses and a L.A. Times article by Mark Heisler citing a team insider who blamed Kobe for the Shaquille O’Neal trade, Kobe finally lost it.

We do not know all that happened behind the scenes up to that point nor after it. We do know that within a month after Kobe’s initial trade requests, he spoke with team officials and was committed to playing this season.

Recently, ESPN writer J.A. Adande suggested that Jerry Buss was content with having Mitch Kupchak as the GM of the Lakers because most fans blamed Mitch for the state of the team and not Dr. Buss himself. Within two days of these comments, Dr. Buss speaks to the media for the first time regarding Kobe and says he tried to tell Kobe that leaving 10 million adoring fans probably wouldn’t be a good thing to do and according to Jerry Buss, Kobe was left unpersuaded.

If Kobe was displeased with the direction of Lakers management, which is apparent in how the summer drama first unfolded with Kobe’s request that Jerry West return to the team, then what made Dr. Buss think that Kobe would decide losing was okay as long he had millions of fans? Further, with the dawn of a new season emerging and the fans happy to see Kobe and the Lakers returning, why would Jerry Buss bring this issue up in the media spotlight?

One thing is clear, the Lakers have not had the front office presence these past 7 years that they once had. The front office that was shrewd and calculating and brought us two dynasties is long gone. A front office that lacks the ability to keep its talent in some sort of state of equilibrium is no longer.

Shaquille O’Neal grew caustic under this front office. Kobe Bryant grew caustic over this past off-season as well. Kevin Garnett stated within the past two days that the Lakers front office was a major determinant as to why he did not come to Los Angeles. Effectively Garnett said there was no point in leaving bad management in Minnesota and coming into more poor management in Los Angeles.

Instead of waiting to see how the season unfolds, Dr. Buss chose to make an immediate issue of Kobe. Dr. Buss could have waited to see how the play of Andrew Bynum and Javaris Crittenton along with familiar floor leader Derek Fisher would affect the Lakers ability to win.

For Jerry Buss to sabotage the team, its fans, and its hopes of a winning season before the team ever gets off the runway, a person can only conclude the old man has truly lost it.

We know there’s a good possibility that the team will either trade Kobe next off season or that Kobe will opt out in two years, but to bring this issue up just as the season is getting underway is utter insanity, sort of like driving drunk on the wrong side of the road. However, it’s not that crazy if you consider the possibility that Dr. Buss is throwing out another red herring to make himself appear to be an innocent victim of two ungrateful superstars and thus, a responsible owner who has just been victim of arrogant basketball players.

Buss’ comments about Kobe are only laying the excuse he needs to continue in his losing ways and decisions without fear of fan backlash.

  • daboss1848

    Well written despite being an opinion based on the limited resources presented via media outlets.

    I see nothing wrong in Buss’ comments – I read it as merely an overview of what transpired with KB.

  • Tim-4-Show

    It’s the TIMING that’s the issue

  • Big CW

    I fully endorse what Jerry is saying. Jerry has a business to run. You can’t let one individual hold the franchise hostage. The paragraph where he mentions that Kobe essentially has the city of Los Angeles at his feet is true. Kobe did nothing but sully his own reputation in his rant, he also lowered the profile of the Lakers organization. You can’t put your trust in someone who is not trustworthy.

  • ab4sure

    Tim…let me just say this article represents what 95% of thelakernation believes. The FO is to Blame. I respectfully disagree. Bad timing??? Was it bad timing when this summer when the Lakers want to do a big move Kobe goes on a meltdown and TAKES AWAY ANY LEVERAGE THE LAKERS HAVE???? Why did Buss do this at this time??? My guess is one of two reasons or perhaps both these reasons. One, he wanted to clear the air about this summer because he never talked about the summer ordeal we all went through. Two, he is sending a message to all GM’s that Kobe might be on the trading block, but he will not settle for measly offers.

    My guess Buss likes to play poker and he might just hold his cards for the next two years. Hold Kobe for the next two years and hope that they win or get a good offer for him.

    well written article

  • JBMONKEYMAN

    Kobe is Anakin Skywalker destroying the Laker Empire.

  • kgmvp

    I agree with you timmy The 74 year old man has completely lost his mind.

  • Tim-4-Show

    Ab4sure,

    Thank you. There’s plenty of blame to go around when it comes to timing and poor choices. I’m not giving Kobe a free pass there.

    I will say this, when Kobe & Jerry sat down in Barcelona, Jerry told Kobe he would try to talk him out of it… Kobe responds by saying “I’m listening”. This means Kobe’s demand WAS up for debate. I had that impression from the beginning, that Kobe could be reasoned with if and only if he heard and saw certain things. As it was, he heard very little, and when he finally heard it, it wasn’t that great.

    We were all past this for the moment and eager to see our team in action when this interview comes up. You can blame Kobe for not helping much in the KG sweepstakes, but this time it’s squarely on management.

  • cneo

    Very well written…

    But the question that pops to my mind immediately is WHY The Laker Nation’s logo/motto “In Buss We Trust”…

    Frankly, whether it be Jim or Jerry Buss… I’ve found little comfort in their ability to lead this organization… and until shown otherwise… they’ve LOST this fan’s trust.

  • BEC

    I agree with daboss. To me the the timing of his statements and the statements themselves, dont mean much. Nothing Jerry Buss said should be new to any us, we all know what happened this summer, it should be obvious to everyone that Kobe finds the situation he is in unfavorable still to this day. Dont buy that fluff he puts in front of the media. He showed his frustration to the world and in turn the Lakers failed to respond to those requests. So why would he have any reason to change his stance? If our team isnt in a position to compete for a title, not even a second round exit is enough, Kobes position will stay the same. Since it doesnt look like our situation is getting any better, theres no reason to keep a player who doesnt want to be in that current situation, so the fact that Kobe is on the block should be no surprise to anyone. Nothing was really done in this offseason to put this team in a position to win and have an opportunity to be playing in June. It is Kobes fault that leveage was lost this summer, but thats only a tiny part of it. Because this organization has had three years to build an elite team and we have to take any reallys steps forward.

  • LAKing

    Kobe Bryant should never even be in any discussions for a trade. I think Jerry is just bluffing, he’s definately not about to let go the single greatest player this league has seen since MJ. I’m sure the Lakers will do whatever it takes to bring in talent that will help Kobe and offer him a long term extension in his contract. Jerry Buss is a businessman and he knows Kobe brings in the best business there is. If Kobe leaves Los Angeles, then Jerry Buss will set his organization back about maybe 10-15 years, they’ll be another Clippers or Bobcats, lottery team.

  • lakerfan81

    [quote post=”1232″]I see nothing wrong in Buss’ comments – I read it as merely an overview of what transpired with KB.[/quote]

    Thank You. Here is what he said. Kobe was unhappy and wanted to be trade. Buss, Mitch and company spoke with kobe and told him they did not want to trade, that they were trying to compete, etc. etc. Kobe said that he is still unhappy and wants to be traded. Buss says, I still don’t want to trade you, but we will see what we can do for you but I am not going to make a trade that will jeopardize stability of my franchise. The FO listens to offers, even go as far as showing kobe what offers are being made as a show of good grace. No offers are worth taking so Kobe is not traded. Meanwhile since they obviously want to keep Kobe they offer Bynum, Odom, Kwame etc to see if there is a trade that will help out the lakers as well. Whats wrong with that.
    If he had come out and said no way we are going to trade you Kobe, no matter how unhappy you are. What do you think Kobe’s response would have been.

  • Andy

    Everybody keeps blaming Kobe for the lost leverage this summer when it came down to making trades. However, Kwame and Lamar were both injured and teams were cautious of their true value after surgery. That being said, the Lakers didn’t have any leverage to begin with. The problem with JB’s comments is the timing. Just when Kobe reports to camp and decides to let the season play out, the FO comes out with this bs. We don’t need any more crap to sink this ship. Let’s just concentrate on the season, hope our players develop, and then open up our trade options.

  • DavidLe

    The Lakers don’t want to trade Bryant…but once the season starts and the current laker players we have don’t play so well…why would it be fair to keep the best player in the league at his prime to play along garbage?…okay…from what i have read so far about the Lakers front office KB24…is that everyone wants to WIN…and it would be wise to let Kobe go….i mean its what KOBE wants…he said himself..I think the whole Buss interview is about clearing everything up…and not hiding anything…as posted by Kevin Ding-OC Register:
    “HONOLULU The Lakers were willing to trade Kobe Bryant, have explored trading Kobe Bryant and would in the future be open to trading Kobe Bryant.

    Lakers owner Jerry Buss made his open-mindedness clear at a time when everything else in his organization looks as chaotic as the Hawaiian print shirt Buss wore Wednesday for an extended interview.

    Buss doesn’t want to trade Bryant, but he appears resigned to his superstar’s insistence on leaving unless the Lakers can succeed immediately.

    “I wish he felt differently,” Buss said. “And if we win, I think he will feel differently. So we’ll just wait and see if we can win.”

    Yet there were no words from Buss such as the firm, family-style ones he spoke in 2003, when he dismissed the idea of working a sign-and-trade deal if Bryant became a free agent in ’04 and wished to leave: “I’m not about to trade my son.”

    This time, Buss said:

    • •About trying to trade Bryant in recent months: “I told him that I would try my best to accommodate his wishes, but that I could not afford to let him go unless we got comparable talent, if there is such a thing. We’d certainly have to have All-Star talent.”

    •About revisiting the idea of trading Bryant if the Lakers don’t win this season: “I would certainly listen. … You can’t keep too many loyalties. You’ve got to look at it as a business.”

    •About Bryant possibly opting out of his contract after next season: “If he still is in that frame of mind, then hopefully we can do a sign-and-trade and get some comparable talent. I would like to think that we’d win in between now and then so that it doesn’t come up.”

    Buss envisions a healthy Lakers team winning at least 50 regular-season games this season — then having a chance at a breakthrough postseason. That might offset all of Bryant’s negativity from the recent offseason, when he asked to be traded after publicly lambasting Lakers officials for misleading him and not trying to win immediately.

    Those comments prompted a Buss-Bryant summit in Barcelona, Spain, in mid-June. Buss described it this way:

    “He was very, very respectful. I told him when I walked in that I was going to try and talk him out of it. And he said, ‘I’ll listen carefully.’ And he did. He listened very carefully for 30-45 minutes.

    “I tried to explain to him how much the City of Los Angeles loved him and to leave 10 million sweethearts for unknown territory might not be the right thing to do. But when I was finished, he said he basically felt the same way. I said, ‘OK. Well, with that, I’ll proceed to see what’s available.’ But like I said, anybody who had talent — just go down the top 15 stars in the league — they won’t trade. That’s it.”

    Buss said every offer to date for Bryant has been laughable and “not ever under consideration.”

    “I told him I would pursue it, and I did,” Buss said. “But what I was offered in return … I even told him occasionally what I was offered, and I said, ‘You have to know that this is not in favor of the Lakers. This would just be terrible to do.’ And he said, ‘I understand that.’ ”

    Don’t get it twisted…we all love the Lakers and Kobe is the Lakers…but when we read articles, especially LA TImes…we have to remember….they hate the Lakers and will write anything to get our attention…Kobe wants to leave if we lose…but if we win…he will stay…simple as that…

    “Buss doesn’t want to trade Bryant, but he appears resigned to his superstar’s insistence on leaving unless the Lakers can succeed immediately.”

  • JBMONKEYMAN

    “If Kobe doesn’t see he needs two and a half good players to be a legitimate playoff contender or win a championship, in about a year or two he’ll be calling out to Jerry Buss that ‘We need some help in here,’ or ‘Trade me,’ ” Allen said. “And we’ll all be saying, ‘I told you so,’ when he says that.”

    Ray Allen in 2004….

    Kobe has completely handcuffed the Lakers Organization. If you read Kevin Garnett’s comments about the Lakers you see a complete distrust in the Laker franchise. Im sure the Lakers are reluctant to trade away their future (Bynum and Critt) for a #2 (O’Neal) to appease Kobe who will more than likely opt out in two years. Unfortunately, there is no winning hand here for our Lakers. We just need to get the best pieces for Kobe at this point and learn from the Shaq trade debacle(be patient, dont let Kobe strongarm the deal, no bad contracts in return). I believe Jerry Buss had four purposes for confiding in the media and making his feelings public at this time.

    #1. Declare that he is in charge of this organization.
    #2. Place the focus on Kobe leaving soley on Kobe (“a million
    sweethearts want you to stay”)
    #3. Prepare Laker fans for the inevitable trade that is to come.
    #4. Alert other NBA GM’s to continue to bring offers to the table.

    I dont like the fact that Dr. Buss mentioned many of our players by name in regards to trades and trade value (Kwame, Odom, Bynum),this does not create a positive environment for the Lakers at the begining of the season. However, Kobe’s selfishness has left him little choice at this point. Dr. Buss is an excellent poker player but there is no winning hand to be played here.

  • Lonestar848

  • steve

    What this shows with the interveiw is that buss as the owner has just let everyone know he still is the boss…i dont have a problem with what he said..He dropped a line and now hes waiting for some nibbles…i love kobe the player….but jerry buss has made up his mind up

  • Tim-4-Show

    JB, I agree with your assessment. I’m not particularly fond of Ray Allen’s comments because Kobe never said he could or wanted to win it all by himself. In that, Ray Allen was both right and wrong.

    Jerry Buss undermined his ability to trade Kobe with this interview. He attempted to paint a picture that Kobe could not be reasoned with, even though his own words show us this is untrue, Kobe’s willingness to listen was proof that the trade demand was and still is negotiable. If Jerry wanted to get the upper hand in trading Kobe, then the best bet was to keep his mouth shut about the demand and silently play the field. Kobe already made his point, why bring it back up and kick your negotiation power in the shins?

    It’s suicide… BUT not unless you take into consideration #1,2, and 3

  • Tim-4-Show

    Lonestar,

    Steven A is dead on. Thanks for the link.

    JB, one more thing… your argument only goes to show the poor choice of timing here. There’s nothing wrong with declaring you’re in charge. Setting up Kobe as the sole reason for him wanting to leave should only be done in the off season, and the same goes with your third reason, only in the off season. This should have happened in about 8 months, not now.

  • fatty

    Struggling through a sinus infection, getting very little sleep, and waking up to this, I decided to to take some more medication, wake up later and hope for the best.

    First of all, Tim-4-Show, thanks for putting everything in perspective for us.

    Dr Buss was merely holding a shareholder meeting, letting us shareholders, the fans, know the progress and future goals of the company.

    Kobe our best asset will be leaving. But for this next calendar year, our business is secure. Our stock will rise to 50 plus wins. The next summer, we will attempt to secure a proper trade in valuation, but if we fail, and our asset opts out, it might not be a total loss. We still might be able to do a sign and trade.

    As Dr. Buss said, its just business. Our CEO is just informing us of the ongoing operations.

    Why now? Why not? Better sooner than later. Having the less than glowing report, Dr Buss knew better to deal with it now, in the preseason, let it cool down, and let the stock rebound by the time the games really count.

    We the stockholders have been asking for an accounting and we got it. We just don’t like the company profile as it now sits.

  • Tim-4-Show

    Fatty,

    Let’s just hope someone on the Lakers can dampen the fire since our CEO just put gas on the smoldering ashes. I just want to see some basketball and let’s deal with this stuff next summer.

    No way that both Shaq & Kobe become malcontent and are traded if Mark Cuban is the CEO. No way, no how. I don’t like Cuban, but he’s a player’s owner.

  • SILO

    Calm down guys. Take a deep breath and relax. Remember these are the Lakers, we go through this every off season, pre-season, season and post season.

    This whole situation of, is kobe getting traded, whats going to happen to phil can be fixed with one act of excellence.

    Its very simple guys . . . ready for it . . . WIN!

    Winning will put everyone in their place. This team is better than on paper.

    Winning, will quiet Kobe.
    Winning, will stop the judgement on Mitch and the Buss family.
    Winning, will stop the what if’s.
    Winnng, will stop the phone calls asking about Kobe.

    Winning will shut the doubters and bandwagon fans.

    If you are going to complain, then maybe you are not a Laker fan.
    Go be a Sun’s fan. Im sure you and Amare will have alot in common.

    WE ARE THE LAKERS AND WE DONT DIE!

  • http://hzmdesigns.com hZm

    [quote comment=”14401″]
    Winning, will quiet Kobe.
    Winning, will stop the judgement on Mitch and the Buss family.
    Winning, will stop the what if’s.
    Winnng, will stop the phone calls asking about Kobe.

    Winning will shut the doubters and bandwagon fans.[/quote]

    Winning… this is starting to make me nervous. Haha

    I’ve been saying this for a while now. This is going to be one of the most important season in Lakers history.

  • Newtdog

    I agree with daboss and BEC….You guys are reading way to hard into what Buss said

  • foxxy

    [quote comment=”14376″]I fully endorse what Jerry is saying. Jerry has a business to run. You can’t let one individual hold the franchise hostage. The paragraph where he mentions that Kobe essentially has the city of Los Angeles at his feet is true. Kobe did nothing but sully his own reputation in his rant, he also lowered the profile of the Lakers organization. You can’t put your trust in someone who is not trustworthy.[/quote]
    ARE YOU KIDDING…LAKERS ORG IS A JOKE! HOW CAN YOU LOSE 2 FUTER HALL OF FAMERS IN A MATTER OF 5-6 YEARS!!! BE REAL!!!

  • TonyStarks79

    I can’t wait for tonights game!! Lets go Javaris!

  • fatty

    KLAC570 just said if your not talking Lakers after Dr Buss’s interview something is wrong with you.

    It is a big story if you were hoping Kobe had changed his mind.

    Buss made it very clear, Kobe still wants to be traded, we will accommodate him if the right deal comes along. He will opt out if we can’t change his mind.

    And that is not a big story?

    It was like Buss was running an infomercial advertising we are looking for offers, get him before he opts out, while supplies last.

  • Tim-4-Show

    You guys are right, winning cures all ills.

    I was hoping for some winning and still am.

    The problem is, why would our owner re-create this whirlwind when we’re gearing up for some wins?? Read the article, I said instead of waiting to see how critt, socks, and d-fish affect our wins, he goes and pulls this stunt.

    Very uncool.

    I’m just glad that buy tomorrow morning, we’ll have something else to discuss

  • PHANTOM

    we should take care of buss like you take care of a barking dog. get some rat poison wrapped up in peanut butter and throw it over the fence. in his case maybe some rat poison mixed in tequilla licked off a 19 year old hooker. that would do it.

  • http://hzmdesigns.com hZm

    [quote comment=”14409″]we should take care of buss like you take care of a barking dog. get some rat poison wrapped up in peanut butter and throw it over the fence. in his case maybe some rat poison mixed in tequilla licked off a 19 year old hooker. that would do it.[/quote]

    That is so wrong.

  • daboss1848

    Kobe was aware of Buss’s position – in looking to trade KB (to appease KB, mind you)

    Buss and the Lakers organization were aware of Buss’s position.

    Because the fans were kept out of the loop, we all assumed KB is happy and all is well in LaLa land and his prior conflicting demands were swept under the rug.

    Buss came out and gave his state of the Lakers address and now the fans are aware of what is going on behind the scenes.

    This is a nonstarter because all this has been going on regardless of our knowledge, or lack thereof.

    There is no timing issue – again, because everyone involved already knew all this.

    My only concern is will KB be disinterested in the season? I felt that KB looked disjointed in the first preseason game and got blasted for that opinion. But with this behind the scenes look a the state of the franchise – I may be onto something.

  • PhxLkrFan

    Stephen A. Smith is a mouthpiece that says what editors tell him to say and nothing more. His opinions are a joke, just like most “experts” and “insiders.”

    As for Cuban being a player’s owner, it seems like that has gotten him nowhere thus far. How many rings does he have by the way?

    Dr. Buss is an accomplished owner, with the hardware in the trophy case to prove it. Players nowadays think they are the ones running the show, and they need to realize thats not the case. Good for Dr. Buss on this one. See ya Kobe.

  • Yo

    man…..BUSS
    thats a pretty mean thing to say to kobe about leaving his fans and what not…

    OF course its difficult.. dont have to slap a guy in the face with it.
    thats a cheap shot i think.

    BUSS is full of himself… and i love how TIM mention the redd herring
    so damn true..

  • fatty

    Phantom,

    You push the limits sometimes, and this time you went to far.
    I know you were trying to be funny, but it wasn’t. Not cool.

  • TheLAunit

    Buss your Crazy and its time too step down…

  • fatty

    From Kobe’s statement and Dr Buss’s its clear nothing is happening this year. Its too premature to say good bye.

    Personally, I can’t wait for this season to get going and watch the Lakers prove everyone wrong again.

    My Laker wish:

    We win 50 plus games.
    I absolutely want the Suns in the first round this year.
    Its pay back time. And there is no team I want to humiliate more than the PHX Suns.

    We do this, and Kobe will stay.

    Let’s go Lakers !!

  • Tim-4-Show

    Fatty,

    That’s the attitude!

    What did Kobe say, or not say in his interview?

  • SILO

    [quote comment=”14424″]From Kobe’s statement and Dr Buss’s its clear nothing is happening this year. Its too premature to say good bye.

    Personally, I can’t wait for this season to get going and watch the Lakers prove everyone wrong again.

    My Laker wish:

    We win 50 plus games.
    I absolutely want the Suns in the first round this year.
    Its pay back time. And there is no team I want to humiliate more than the PHX Suns.

    We do this, and Kobe will stay.

    Let’s go Lakers !![/quote]

    This is from Glendale,Az to Flagstaf,AZ

    Im with you. I cant wait for the season to begin.

    My brother is flyind down for the Lakers and Suns game and we are going to go Rep the Purple and Gold.

  • fatty

    All right Silo, give em hell. Can I say this on this sight? Who cares.

    Go Lakers!

  • Rasarx

    I’d say the Bussboys are a slow trainwreck happening right before our eyes. The Big Buss has lost it and the Little Buss never had it. The biggest evidence is in how they handle these issues publicly. Every time they make such comments publicly they POISON the good will of their players. Buss did that with his idiotic comments about Shaq and he has just done it Kobe. Yeah, I know it’s a business. That doesn’t mean you conduct business in open air. The way business is done is mostly behind closed doors where raw comments aren’t aired out to hurt feelings and damage egos of these fragile famous ball players whose arrogance and egos are both an asset and a liability. Once the deal is done then you clean it up and announce it. So many fans have been blind to the flaws of teh Buss family because for so many years Jerry West’s leadership shielded the highly flawed Buss family from being revealed. Once he was gone, and once the team West had put together was disbanded then The Bussboys had no shield and all their flaws and ineptness came pouring out.

    I have been saying it since the Shaq deal: They way they operate business they’ll end up with neither Shaq nor Kobe. They might as well have squandered Kobe right away and spared us the misery of the last 3 years. At least we would have had an excuse for being a lesser team than the Clippers.

  • fred0s

    I say that Buss should sell the Lakers to Magic Johnson. We know since he played for the Lakers, he has respect for the organization. The season that Johnson would buy the Lakers, that season they would make it at least to the conference finals.

    COME ON MR. HIV, BUY THE LAKERS AND GET IT OUT OF THE HAND OF THESE INCOMPOTENT FOOLS!!!!

  • http://hzmdesigns.com hZm

    [quote comment=”14442″]I say that Buss should sell the Lakers to Magic Johnson. We know since he played for the Lakers, he has respect for the organization. The season that Johnson would buy the Lakers, that season they would make it at least to the conference finals.

    COME ON MR. HIV, BUY THE LAKERS AND GET IT OUT OF THE HAND OF THESE INCOMPOTENT FOOLS!!!![/quote]

    Mr. HIV?

    Oh, and its spelled incompetent.

  • BIGAL

    it was official when he traded shaq…

  • kvsm23vs24

    Forget the Lakersnation, it should be KeepKobe.com. Loved the Lakers since way back, respectively this is nothing compared to the mid 90s, we were weak and in deep waters. For this matter if Buss trades Kobes he is just, unintelligent (to say it nicely). How do you trade Shaq, maybe the best Center, and Kobe the best scorer arguably. Agreed though, Buss has lost it, and needs to make a trade at least for Jermaine. I wish Indiana will want Bynum, and see some other good players like Farmar or Critt, even Carl for a package i dont know that would be my wish.

  • kobe-wan kenobi

    Buss is crazy if he thinks kobe would do a sign & trade
    he wants to win, a sign & trade would just take out the best player on kobe’s new team!
    if he opts out, he will sign as a FA for the team that gives him the best chance to win
    money will not be an issue !
    he has already enough!
    Buss you are a loser in this way!

  • http://www.myspace.com/regg66 rpouncy14

    Jerry Buss is a jackass!!!!

  • Tim-4-Show

    I think Bucher might be blowing smoke, but if he isn’t, this mishap by Buss is blowin up the team.

  • http://gary I Hate Buss

    I hate the buss laker’s are not going to fun to watch if Kobe leaves the laker’s I think buss has gone dumb when he trading shaq if he trades kobe he will be know has the dumbest and a piece of shit

  • ab4sure

    Buss knows exactly what he is doing and saying. Can I say 8 championships???

  • PHANTOM

    [quote comment=”14542″]Buss knows exactly what he is doing and saying. Can I say 8 championships???[/quote]

    Hey get off the guy’s jock already!!! Just admit you are not happy with the team since shaq left. The lakers are the most celebrated franchise in sports history in the top 3 market and we have to struggle to make the playoffs every year. its very simple we should aquire talent not develop talent. were not the clippers even though that is were getting close.