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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: Jan 25, 2010
Posted on: May 29, 2011 1:07 pm

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

Two words for you - ignorant, IGNORANT!!  this has nothing to do with what he did - it is about what Buss didn't bother to think about doing - you moron!  I don't necessarily agree with the non-consultation issue, but it is a general manager decision to do what he feels the team needs - don't agree with a lot of his principles - namely stating that Bynum is untouchable in trade talks, but that is what it and your rape team entourage - go back under the rock you came from.

Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2011 1:06 pm

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

We call people like you "HATERS". You're probally someone who didnt amount to much and you're mad at someone who did. "RAPE" thats a stong word to throw around when the man wasn't convicted. The woman or hoe that he slept with went and banged two other guys at the same time to try and cash in on his money. Whatever happen to her? Nothing because she was nobody in the first place, that was probally your sister thats why you're so mad.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2011 12:55 pm

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

Oh, and btw Sman, no-trade clauses do not prevent a player from ever being traded.  All they do is let the player dictate which teams he can be traded too.  (remember Kobe saying "bring in some talent or get me out of LA"??????)

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2011 12:52 pm

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

Sman,  It's amazing how you are on Kobes and Lebrons jocks.  For different reasons of course, but still hanging there swinging back and forth on their straps.

Nothing but hate for Lebron and yet you seem to over glorify Kobe?  Really, they are both one and the same.  Exceptional talents that want to win championships.  The only difference is that the lakes wanted to win too so they bought in talent to help Kobe where as the Cavs didn't do so well.  Make no mistake though, if the Lakers didn't bring in Pau Gasol then Kobe would of bolted to a different team too and even threateded to do so.
Kobe Bryant = Lebron James = egocentric, I'm above the coaches, but you can't stop me talents.  (though, Kobe isn't that good in the clutch and he has to take way to many shots and James is more of a team player who can get his mates in the game.) 

Since: Apr 27, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2011 12:40 pm

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

Quote "Just put yourself in Bryant's shoes." Qoute "You've earned every last shred of respect a player can earn in the NBA"
What a joke did we just forget what he really is? Ya being a rapist, a liar and rich ball hog you deserver more respect in the NBA don't you I guess! Well at least he didn't kill any one that we know of! Think of how much more respect you could of gotten! However if you had been average joe you'd still be in Jail for that one rape but Hey what do I know! Well I know money talks and rich famous people walk! So hes gonna get no respect here or even in his own home if he didn't have money, without that money he wouldnt still have his honey at home, I'd say. But he does have money and fame so I'm sure you think he deservers some sort of respect! Well he gets the same amount of respect from me I give Marv "I like to Bite" Albert! Putting Guys like this up on a pedestal makes the NBA look like nothing more than a joke!  See I'm LOL!

Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: May 29, 2011 12:39 pm

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

Jim Buss clearly is not his Dad. He should listen to people like Mitch K who is the GM. He won't he seems very arrogant. They should have kept in place the staff that went to 3 finals and 6 over last 11 years and hired Brian Shaw. After all the experience he has as player and coach working with Phil and that staff he was the right person. Be careful Jim Buss what you wish for. Brain Shaw IMO meant more of the same systems that won titles. Mike Brown brings new systems but who says it will be better then the one that brought 6 titles under Phil? Sometimes change is not best when you players have been winning so much with one they where using.

Since: Apr 12, 2011
Posted on: May 29, 2011 12:38 pm

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

What in the hell did you just "try" to say?  I am, if nothing else, is a man who is literate and you are, without a "doubt", a person who needs to wake up and go to school in the morning.  Stop skipping class young man.
 Hey Vicks a Coward....   Those that live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.  You took pleasure in ripping on somebody's comments, yet your grammar is just as poor.  " I am, if nothing else, is a man...."   Give
me a break. Why not comment on the article.

Kobe should never have been consulted about the coach...period.  I am pretty sure that everyone that read the article has probably had a "new boss" at some point in their career.  I've had plenty of new managers during my work history and I've never received a call from the powers that be asking me for advice on the new boss.  It's part of being an employee.   I'm tired of athletes thinking they somehow should be consulted on this type of thing.  Whether Kobe is upset or not, Buss should never have even made the statement.  It sounds like he's trying to be proactive towards Kobe IF he really is mad that he wasn't asked.  Man up, Buss!  Kobe works for you...not the other way around.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2011 12:31 pm

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

Nobody is bigger than the game. Kobe is not the owner so why should he be consulted? The trouble with Kobe is that he has never been a team player reguardless of the championship teams he has played on. He is so sold on himself that he was dictating which team he would allow to draft him straight out of high school. He is a jerk and always has been. No class at all!!!

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2011 12:26 pm

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

Man STFU people. The only reason some of you hates Kobe is because he is not on your team. Just like LeBron, all the Miami fans love him now but before when he was with the Cavs, betcha half of Miami can't stand him. As far as not consulting Kobe in the Brown's hiring, heel ya they screwed up. C'mon, he is your franchise and to treat him like his opinion don't count is pure stupidity on the Lakers part. Guess now there will be 2 statues NOT going to be erected at the Staples Center, Kareem and Kobe. I'm starting to hate the Lakers organization.

Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: May 29, 2011 12:14 pm
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