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Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

Posted on: May 28, 2011 11:48 pm
Edited on: July 17, 2011 6:07 pm
Lakers VP Jim Buss admits that Kobe Bryant should have been consulted on the team's coaching search. Posted by Ben Golliver. kobe-bryant

It's not even June, and the Los Angeles Lakers are already making a mess out of their summer.

This week, the team hired Mike Brown to coach the team. It was a somewhat controversial hire but not an altogether terrible one. The messy part wasn't the result; it was the process and the aftermath. 

During the search process, Lakers owner Jerry Buss specifically said that no Lakers players would be consulted regarding the search. The Los Angeles Times quoted him to that effect.
"We really don't consult the players on these matters," Buss said. "Obviously, we have to select somebody who has a reputation that players would be happy with. But to ask a direct player to select a particular coach, that's general manager territory."
OK, fine, if that's your team policy, whatever. It's a strange policy to have when Kobe Bryant, one of the best and certainly the most headstrong player in the NBA is the face of your franchise, but if that's your policy, by all means go with it.

Of course, once Brown's hiring was announced, Bryant offered a "no comment" and was said to be "surprised" by the hire. Was Bryant a bit peeved by this slight? Of course. Anyone in his position would be.

The decision to select Brown as the Lakers next coach has been widely attributed to Jim Buss, Lakers VP and son of the owner. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times on Saturday, Jim Buss does a 180 degree flip less than one week after the hiring was announced, admitting that Bryant should have been consulted during the process.
"Looking back on it, we should have contacted Kobe," Buss says. "Kobe said it was management's job to pick a coach. He just said, 'Defense first.' That's what we were doing, but we should have reached out to him."
Yeah, of course the Lakers should have reached out to Bryant. The only reason not to do so was is if the Lakers firmly and truly believed in their "no players consulted" stance. If they did, there should not be any backtracking. If it's so important that it's black and white, there should be no gray area hedging after the fact. 

Just put yourself in Bryant's shoes. You've busted your butt for more than a decade. You've brought home five rings. You're entering the final chapter of your career. You've earned every last shred of respect a player can earn in the NBA. After all of that, you're then informed that you will be left out of the process. Once the process is completed, you're told that you should have been consulted. But the hiring has been completed, of course, and there's no going back. You're stuck with the guy that you weren't asked about, whether you like it or not.

If you're Bryant, how else do you read this situation except for butt-covering lip service? If Lakers management truly wanted to show respect, they could have reached out. If they truly didn't care, they have no reason to apologize or backtrack. If they don't know what they are doing or simply can't keep their story straight ... well, then they do what they just did. 

By admitting this mistake so quickly and readily, Jim Buss totally undercuts this management team's credibility and makes a bad situation even more complicated. No one wins here: Bryant feels disrespected, Brown walks into an unnecessarily tense scene without first having Bryant's support, Lakers management looks like it's on different pages, and Jim Buss looks either weak, inconsistent or indecisive. 

Like I said, what a mess.


Since: Oct 20, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2011 7:51 am

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

Pathetic! This guy makes millions of dollars to play a freaking game and you're worried about his ego being bruised? The Lakers were winning titles long before Kobe came along. News flash, he's a player and nothing more!

Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2011 7:49 am

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

This isn't even a story !!! As a LA fan, i'm still embarrassed that the team was eliminated from the playoffs by getting swept 4 - 0!

Kobe is a future hall of famer with no doubt! And he's getting paid HUGE checks for his services.... so what's the problem here???? I expect KOBE to take charge on the court; not in the office. KOBE is a older player now & he needs a few new contributors around him for the Lakers to get back to their winning ways.

I'm thinking if we can land Dwight Howard on the team, a lot of problems we had in the paint would be fixed immediately.... thus KOBE will be just fine.

If KOBE and the rest of the players can't get it done on the court when it counts; it won't matter who the coach is... we just witnessed this with probably the greatest coach of all time!!!!

Please NFL , end the lockout.... the media is starving for worthy stories!!!!!

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: May 29, 2011 7:49 am

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

The Lakers made the right decision.  No one, not even Kobe with all his accolades, needs to be consulted or provide input.  That's managements job.  In the end, do you want Odoms or Bynums input as well?  I think not.  Are you really going to cover all Kobe's butt with kisses?  Why don't you make him managing partner as well.  The Marlins, Dolphins, Panthers, and Heat didn't "consult" with players upon hiring Rodriguez, Sparano, Spoelstra or the firing of Deboer.  Players play, coaches coach, and management does its job.  That's how it should be.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2011 7:48 am

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

if he wasnt a basketball star he would be in prison being raped like he raped that thing you did get right, if your below the rapist on the society ladder,you are below a scumbag.  and im guessing your below the scum bag also. and if it was your daughter that said he raped her what would you say to her?

Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2011 7:27 am

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

i were the management of the lakers i would trade bynum, artest, brown for CP3 or howard. there are a lot of laker players that are considered junkies. special mention to walton (sucks bigtime), character (weak), ratliff (too old), smith (too old), blake (no confidence), fisher (too old), brown (inconsistent) ebanks (needs more playing time & boost his confidence) barnes (injuries), artest (getting old too).

If lakers won't make a trade this season i believe they won't go pass the 2nd rnd nxt yr. 

Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: May 29, 2011 4:21 am

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

i agree!!!

Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: May 29, 2011 4:06 am

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

Sour grapes numb nuts!  Kobe has the rings and more money than you'll ever dream about.  Just because some bimbo gets shut down by Kobe after having sex with him and she's bummed that he doesn't want to get into a relationship (wah!) making her regret hopping in the sack with him doesn't make it rape.  She was one of MANY.  I don't know what your laughing your ass about because Kobe is leading a FAR BETTER LIFE than you are and it doesn't do you any good to deny that FACT.  How does it feel to be below a "scumbag" on the society ladder???  I'm LMFAO at YOU!!!

Since: Nov 24, 2010
Posted on: May 29, 2011 4:05 am

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

Since when  do the players make decisions for a team? If that was the case, there would be no NFL lockout. Kobe is an over paid whinner If his feelings got hurt, too bad. Let him go and be done with him. No player should have a say on how a team is run. We people the real world don't have a say in who are bosses are. Let Kobe rant and rave all he wants. If doesn't like it, so be it. Let him try to make a living as an average Joe. Kobe gets no sympathy from me.

Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: May 29, 2011 3:56 am

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

kobe has played his entire career(15yrs) with this organization and helped win 5 championships...not giving him no final say so in the hiring is ok, but i think they could've ran it by him or told him about the hiring of the coach before he had 2 hear it through the grape vine...OAN::after reading a few of these comments i'm convinced some of y'all were in the room when kobe was with that woman in colorado!!!!

Since: Dec 4, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2011 3:47 am

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

I don't like Bryant nor the Lakers, but I think 100% that their star player should at least have been consulted. The Lakers really made a mess out of this one, and I don't think the mess is even finished.

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