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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.

Comments

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: May 30, 2011 12:58 pm
 

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

I'm with many others on this board. Kobe Bryant is a spoiled brat of an athlete ! He's not an owner. But this is what happens when you coddle players and let them run the team. He ran Shaquille off years ago. People laughed when Shaq said it then. NOW, everybody can see what he was talking about.

Kobe needs to shut up and play.



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: May 30, 2011 12:51 pm
 

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

owners own-managers manage-coaches coach-players play



Since: Mar 29, 2011
Posted on: May 30, 2011 12:50 pm
 

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

WHY CONSULT KOBE WHY NOT CONSULT KAREEM. THE BABY BUTT NEEDS TO GET IT IN HIS WHINNING HEAD HES A PLAYER NOT AN OWNER NOT A GM HES A PLAYER AND BY THE LOOKS OF THE PLAY OFFS NOT A VERY GOOD ONE AT THAT.



Since: Apr 27, 2007
Posted on: May 30, 2011 12:23 pm
 

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

For all those bashers, bashing on Jim for not consulting with kobe, seems he was the only one in management who thought they should have consulted him! So you're right he is an IDIOT! LMAO



Since: Dec 24, 2007
Posted on: May 30, 2011 11:58 am
 

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

Yeah, I always get consulted when they hire a new boss. Always.



Since: Mar 29, 2010
Posted on: May 30, 2011 9:31 am
 

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

I think they should have consulted Scottie Pippen, he's a good judge of talent.  Or maybe get 3 candidates and let the players vote!  Surprised



Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: May 30, 2011 8:55 am
 

new coach

the owner should have gone to kobe first for his approval of the new coach.  He's furious about the insult!  this new coach will not last 2 years in LA---some cleveland cast off coaching showtime?  get real.



Since: Apr 27, 2007
Posted on: May 30, 2011 2:43 am
 

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

 Hey Maybe you should learn to read the article before you post! Then you might know who said we aint asking kobe or any other player who to hire! Wait.... Jim is that you!?!?!?!?!?  LOL
Ouote "During the search process, Lakers owner Jerry Buss specifically said that no Lakers players would be consulted regarding the search. to that effect."



Since: May 16, 2009
Posted on: May 30, 2011 2:27 am
 

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

The NBA likes to let the animals run the zoo...



Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: May 30, 2011 1:51 am
 

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

Ben Golliver - Like I said, what a mess

The only mess here is you inability to write a decent article.


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