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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.

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Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: May 30, 2011 1:48 am
 

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

Another example of the Press, in this case Ben Golliver and CBS Sports, making a big deal out of nothing. The lines have truly been hazed between agencies like CBS and screw up your life TMZ....



Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: May 30, 2011 1:20 am
 

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

prime example of what happens when you let a player run a team. look what happend to the vikings with brett favre. fuck kobe. hes a player. not the owner. i wouldnt give a fuck if he was upset.


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Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: May 30, 2011 12:27 am
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Since: Aug 23, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2011 11:29 pm
 

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

Viking,

I was under the impression the Lakers could trade Kobe.  Guess I missed something there. Cheers to another 5 years of rebuilding...



Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: May 29, 2011 10:43 pm
 

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

Mike Brown was just bruoght in to be the "scape goat" in Kobe's final season or 2 with the Lakers.  They can't trade Kobe, or get rid of him because he is the face of the Lakers.  In a year or two, Kobe will realize he is not the man anymore, and retire or move on.  Back to present day.  Mike Brown will be the the "fall guy" in L.A.  He gets fired with his pockets full of money, and the Lakers come out of it smelling like a rose.  Thet start over and build a new dynasty.  This is how it shall happen!



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2011 10:07 pm
 

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

All this talk about the good old days


It is very rellevantt the discussion because it shows the decline of the league as the money has increased for the players.



Of course you bring him in. Analogy:  if an athletic director job opens up at Duke, Coach K. is likely to have some input, even though the A.D. is technically his boss. 

And if Phil were staying and they were considering hiring a GM from outside the fam to run the show, you'd bring him in because he is the medium between players and management. His job ultimately depends on the decisions of the AD or GM. I guarantee not one Duke player would be consulted, because they have no say in the decision of the GM or AD.  No matter what level it is. 



Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2011 9:45 pm
 

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

Yes you all are right Buss is an Idiot! After all he has only won like 10 NBA championships since taking over in 1979! All with just hiring so so players like  , ,, , and   and coaches like Pat Riley and Phil Jackson so hes got to be one of the biggest morons we know, what hiring such lousy talent like that!  He doesnt know a think about winning either I'd say just 10 championship thats like only 2 every 10 years I mean it should have been like 7 or 8 every 10 years! So Yes You who call him a Idiot are Right ON! I only wish I was as big an Idiot as he is when it comes to management issues like who to hire! JMHO

What does Dr. Jerry Buss, buying the Lakers in 1979, have to do with what Jim Buss, son of Jerry Buss who is the being called out for?

Jim Buss reputation as a idiotic front office man is fair game. Anyone that rich of daddy's money that has Moobs and a mullett with frosted tips has got to be questioned.


The last time he was in charge of hiring a coach, he brought in Rudy T to replace the Zen Master (who he ran out of town -- jealous he was boinking his sister?)... among other bad moves. By the way, even his own sister has blasted him in public for his idiocy.


Sure, they've won a couple 'ships since but find me one person who credits those titles to Jim and I'll show you a liar (or Jim Buss' ball washer).


Nice rant, but it doesn't appear you know what the heck you're talking about. Wait.... Jim is that you!?!?!?!?!? 



Since: Apr 27, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2011 9:21 pm
 

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

Yes you all are right Buss is an Idiot! After all he has only won like 10 NBA championships since taking over in 1979! All with just hiring so so players like  , , , , and   and coaches like Pat Riley and Phil Jackson so hes got to be one of the biggest morons we know, what hiring such lousy talent like that!  He doesnt know a think about winning either I'd say just 10 championship thats like only 2 every 10 years I mean it should have been like 7 or 8 every 10 years! So Yes You who call him a Idiot are Right ON! I only wish I was as big an Idiot as he is when it comes to management issues like who to hire! JMHO



Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: May 29, 2011 9:14 pm
 

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

i think buss just made that public comment to keep peace since he didnt ask kobe in the first place and did not intend to. the bulls def would have asked  or favored whoever jordan would have liked (phil). not say its right just trying to keep peace.



Since: Jan 19, 2011
Posted on: May 29, 2011 8:54 pm
 

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

If you don't like the hire Kobe then don't play. Why waste so much energy on being such a pre-madonna? Who cares what you think, you are there as a player to be a part of a team and play the game. IMO you need to get over youself and maybe listen to what Mike Brown has to say. I think he could bring an element of defense you need in LA.

People who think Kobe should be consulted on this hire, think about your job. Even if you have been working for a decade or more at the same job do you really think that you would be consulted on a hiring of someone in a higher position than you? Even if you were it would just be out of courtesy. I am tired of people telling Kobe what he wants to hear just to shut him up. He is a player and needs to act like it. All these athletes are on some kind of power trip with the expiring cbas in both the NBA and NFL. It is absolutly disgusting. This is the wussification of America!


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