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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: May 29, 2011
Posted on: May 29, 2011 3:41 am

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach


Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2011 3:24 am

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

Kobe Bryant is a total scumbag. He should have been convicted of RAPE instead, I have to explain to my teenage sons that even scumbag rapists get to be superstars in the USA as long as they can play Basketball at the NBA level. 

Consult him for what? So he can put his 2 cents in on who should coach someone else's team? Does Kobe own the Lakers? I simply do not understand the NBA anymore. Its a joke, full of gang bangers and thugs with no idea of what respect is.

Kobe Bryant is the reason I despise the Lakers. Once a great franchise with players like Magic, Kareem etc. Now what are they???

The Rapists team I guess.

One person commented about him trying to leave LA or threatening to do so... I just remember that because of his money, he bought a lawyer, dug up dirt on the girl he raped, convicted her as a slut in the eye's of the public via media exposure, and got off scott free with one of the most disgusting crimes known to man. The only thing lower than Rape is child molestation. Kobe is scum, plain and simple.

I am so glad they are not in the playoffs. Glad they got beat down, only wish it were my Bulls that beat the pants off of them. The team owner should be ashamed of himself for selling his soul to the devil by keeping Kobe after what he did. He should have been in prison, instead I have to look at his scumbag face whenever anyone talks about the NBA. Kobe is no where near as good as Jordan was, and in my humble opinion, he ranks right up there with O.J. Simpson, Mel Hall, Tom Payne, Ruben Patterson, Mike Tyson, Mike Vick, etc...

Kobe is a scumbag and the Lakers are a joke. Done winning championships just you wait and see... Kobe wins no more championships.


Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2011 3:17 am

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

this will be short and this clown named Kobe came into the league, he dared say aloud he was the self-proclaimed next Michael Jordan."  from that moment on, and right out of high school, this little turd has been thinking he's all that, and after winning som e questionable titles(especially the ones with that useless gorilla Shaq), he has went from cocky little kid to holier-than-thou assistant coach/player...omg, basketball has enough of those chad johnson types him to the clippers, be done with him and move owner and new coach have to show the team and the league, guy like this must be dealt with immediately! Michael Jordan(greatest ever and WAy better than Kobe the Klown) once said, "respect the game and it will respect you"...seems kobe didn't show up for that class anymore than Lebron did..both big-a$$ed punks who need a lesson in serious humility..

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2011 3:12 am

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

Jerry Buss and the Lakers fans are kissing up like usually. Hell Buss and Lakers fans would kiss anybody's ass to not take there rapest Kobe Bryant from them. You Lakers are fools like usually.

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2011 2:48 am

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

I guess we've all forgotten about Kobe's little b!tch fest trying to get out of LA not too long ago.

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2011 1:57 am

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

"may make the playoffs "

I'd bet that these Lakers will make the playoffs, even without a coach.." LMAO 

Since: Nov 6, 2010
Posted on: May 29, 2011 1:52 am

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

Great player......but who cares what he thinks about front office buisness.....he'll be gone and this organization will have to continue to run.

Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2011 1:44 am

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

"may make the playoffs"

What a joke. They've missed 6 playoffs in the last 60 years?

Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2011 1:42 am

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

I like this hire.  I think that Mike Brown has the skills to be a good coach in Los Angeles.  I don't think his situation the best in Cleveland.  He was pretty much forced to form a gameplan using Lebron and the background singers.  Cleveland management never did anything to surround Lebron with good players.  In Los Angeles, Brown will have all sorts of weapons to utilize.  He just needs to find a way to motivate them after a season in which the Lakers seemed to be out of it at time.

As far as Kobe not being consulted.  I think it is a moot point.  Ultimately, the front office has the say who gets hired, but when they have a superstar like Kobe they should do their best to keep him happy.  That being said, I think that Kobe is a Laker for life, no matter what.  I don't think they will have any worries about him leaving.

Since: May 25, 2011
Posted on: May 29, 2011 1:40 am
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