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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: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2011 12:06 pm
 

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

I think the younger Buss made a judgement error but nonetheless made a bold decision by hiring Mike Brown above Rick Adelman, Mike Dunlevy and team favorite Brian Shaw. His decision is very bold cause he failed to talk with his star Kobe Bryant, knowing Bryant might disagree and go over his head straight to daddy and snitch on him. LOL, but all jokes aside Buss and the NBA world is sensing that Kobe has about two to three more good years left and they are looking toward the long term goals of the team so in that sense they really don't have to consult with the player the team is headed in a new direction and most owners/management would either say if your not on board with the movement then you can take your talents elsewheres.... Thanks Lebron for that quote!



Since: Apr 28, 2010
Posted on: May 29, 2011 12:01 pm
 

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

CryThat will be you during the 2012 season & beyond eating up salary & energy while hogging the ball as the Laker's win less & less each year he is still crying & complaining. I am if nothing else a man who looks at what is & not what I hope it to be & you are without a dought a person who puts their dreams in front of their eye's. (See you nest year crying)

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.  You'll need it for your future!




Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: May 29, 2011 11:54 am
 

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

CryThat will be you during the 2012 season & beyond eating up salary & energy while hogging the ball as the Laker's win less & less each year he is still crying & complaining. I am if nothing else a man who looks at what is & not what I hope it to be & you are without a dought a person who puts their dreams in front of their eye's. (See you nest year crying)





Since: Apr 28, 2010
Posted on: May 29, 2011 11:43 am
 

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

Ever heard of Tracy McGrady or Vince Carter ????  Prepare to add Kobe to that list of massively overpaid old, slow hasbeens/usetobe's.......


Hehe.  You need to change your screen name to, let's say, MrShrooms or MrCrank.  But if you aren't addicted to drugs then try something like MrIneedattention or MrOolookatme.  Kobe Bryant being compared to Vince or McGrady.....I thank you for starting my Sunday out with some stellar comedy.



Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: May 29, 2011 11:27 am
 

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

Ever heard of Tracy McGrady or Vince Carter ????  Prepare to add Kobe to that list of massively overpaid old, slow hasbeens/usetobe's.......





Since: Apr 28, 2010
Posted on: May 29, 2011 11:24 am
 

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

Kobe is as much of a rapist as the Duke Lacrosse players from a few years back.....Bi.tc.hes be crazy



Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: May 29, 2011 11:22 am
 

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

"Tear up Browns contract" & you call us moron's ??






Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2011 10:55 am
 

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

 

It is now time to show Kobe the door & get some really great pieces back in return for him.

Yeah....thats not gonna happen.



Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2011 10:53 am
 

The rapist has a point

I think very little of Kobe, but there definitely is a trend here.  This is the organization that apparently has been shutting Kareem out a well, and treating him like he was just a guy.



Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: May 29, 2011 10:46 am
 

Buss: Kobe should have been consulted on coach

If Baby Buss learned something from his papa it should be "Gut's" Jerry looked at an ageing Shaq & shocked the world by getting rid of him... 

It is now time to show Kobe the door & get some really great pieces back in return for him. Kobe had zero problem blackmailing papa Buss when he told the world he would walk if he did not get his way when it came to getting players her wanted. Kobe had zero problem looking at offers from other teams while demanding tens of millions from the Buss family. Well Kobe it is a business & it's time for you to say byebye to LA... 

Kobe is getting older & their are many teams out there in basketball land that would love him if for nothing else then to fill seats meaning the Laker's could get a bunch of goodies for him.Yes he has a no trade clause but Kobe is an egotist & by simply getting him upset by saying things in the press would certainly have him upset enogh to leave... 

We could without a doubt get CP3 plus draft picks plus bench players for him in a franchise that would love him to fill the seats. We could get Dwight for him along with picks & bench guys... We could get tons in return for him from all over the league while "Saving a ton of buckies"...I agree baby Buss has a lot to learn if it's true that he won't trade the journeyman forever Andrew but lets also remember it was not baby Buss who signed Bill Walton & Ron Artest meaning everyone has growing pains. If it is true he was they guy who chased West out of LA then maybe it is time for papaBuss to give control of the team to one of the other kids but for now, the one person that needs to go is Kobe, something the news media is afraid to say. 

MrReal







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