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Kobe, Magic say it's time for Buss to meet Bryant

Posted on: February 22, 2012 10:38 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2012 5:58 am
 
Kobe Bryant says he and Jim Buss should meet; Magic Johnson agrees (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore 

Just days after Kobe Bryant challenged the Lakers' front office to make a desision regarding Pau Gasol and Ken Berger of CBSports.com filed a scathing and revealing report on the inner dysfunction of the team's front office, Bryant told reporters that he and Jim Buss should meet for a conversation. And he wasn't the only Laker great to suggest the idea.

On a conference call Wednesday, Magic Johnson told reporters that Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak is "not running the team" anymore and that Jim Buss is making all the decisions. Johnson, who is as close to the Lakers organization as anyone, considering he has a statue outside their building, said that the answer was for Bryant and Buss to sit down and have a conversation. From the L.A. Daily News:
"(Bryant) just wants to be informed as a team leader and a future Hall of Famer and a guy who has brought five chapmionships to the Lakers," Johnson said. "He wants more communication, probably like he did when Phil Jackson was here and he worked well with Mitch. I don't think Kobe feels he has that type of relationship with Jim.

"What probably has to happen is they need to sit Kobe down and sit Jim down. Dr. Buss was the master at taking you to lunch or taking you to dinner and going over what he was thinking and what he wanted to do with the team.

"Jerry West was good at that as well. Kobe, Mitch and Jim just have to get on the same page and things will be OK."
via Magic: Bryant, Jim Buss need to have face-to-face chat - LA Daily News.

After the Lakers shootaround, Bryant told reporters when asked if it was time for he and the younger Buss to sit down and have a conversation, "Um, perhaps." That was all, but that one word speaks volumes. If it was no, he could have said "I don't know" or "I'm just a player" or even "I'd be open to it." But that's not it. It's Bryant trying to push for change in the organization, to right the ship. This team isn't over, it's not done, it's not through trying to win championships and still features three great players and one or two good players. Bryant's not willing to sit by and let this situation get out of control.

Meanwhile, Magic Johnson is sticking up for the franchise player, going with the star trying to make the most of the end of his career instead of the son of his long-time friend and employer Jerry Buss. (Read the excellent "When the Game Was Ours" by Jakcie McMullen for more on Magic and Buss' friendship.) It's incredible that not only is Bryant openly questioning management, but that the greatest player in franchise history has openly said the GM is not in charge and that the managing owner needs to communicate better with his team. This kind of thing simply doesn't happen. And yet here we are.

The Lakers held a players-oly meeting this week to try and focus past all the distractions and it worked in a blowout win over Portland. As of this writing, they lead the Mavericks by 12 in the second quarter Wednesday night. So the players are doing their part to work past the issues. Will the front office?

Strange days for the most successful franchise in the NBA.
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dlopez711
Since: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 23, 2012 10:38 am
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Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2012 10:37 am
 

Kobe, Magic say it's time for Buss to meet Bryant

And my opinion like most people's opinion is that Lebron is Better than Kobe
The consenses if probably more like young Lebron (a player in his prime) is slightly better than old Kobe (the one with 15+ seasons of regular seasons and playoffs and team USA on his body)....although I will still take the proven clutch player and title winner Kobe over Lebron in anything other than a game of one-on-one. However, if its Kobe in his prime vs Lebron in his prime -- Kobe wins hands down. 




Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2012 10:37 am
 

Kobe, Magic say it's time for Buss to meet Bryant

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Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2012 10:34 am
 

Kobe, Magic say it's time for Buss to meet Bryant

The problem with the Lakers is not Kobe Bryant, it is that he has no one around him. No point guard and the front line is a joke other than Gasol. The Lakers need to get younger and more talented. That is probably why they are trying to trade Gasol and get young talent and draft picks to play with Bynum and Bryant. Gasol is also soft and the Lakers also need to get more physical, especially defensively
Okay -- you're just a bit confusing.  First, I agree with you that the Lakers' problem is not Kobe Bryant it is the supporting cast. I agree they need a PG upgrade.  But, "the front line is a joke other than Gasol"?  Really, have you seen Bynum play?  Third option on offense and hes averaging over 16 a game with over 12 boards -- that's a "joke" to you?  Of course, then you contradict yourself and talk about Gasol being "soft" when a sentence before he was the only good player on the front line and building around Bynum who was apparently part of the "joke" of a front line.  Make up your mind.  IMO -- Lakers need to upgrade a PG and need some consistent scoring at SF but I would not trade Gasol or Bynum to find either.  Use the trade exception from the Odom trade and draft picks, maybe add in something from Walton's expiring contract, Blake, Barns, Ebanks or Caracter if someone will take them.



Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2012 10:31 am
 

Kobe, Magic say it's time for Buss to meet Bryant

You little dopes think about that fool from Cleveland who plays in Miami is better than Kobe Bryant? That coward has a LONG way to go kiddies....like 5 rings worth of playoff series....think before you post and then you won't shame your families so much. Freaking idiots. LeBron is better than Kobe my ass. The kid has won NOTHING!!!!!!!


dlopez711
Since: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 23, 2012 10:26 am
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Since: Jul 11, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2012 10:24 am
 

Kobe, Magic say it's time for Buss to meet Bryant

You are so ridiculous....why would I care if ppl believe im a laker fan....what does it matter....this is laughable....ur a joke....and why would I care if u believe me about school....its insane.....i say kobes the best you say lebron is....instead of saying why u think that like i did u try to argue with me over the internet about whether i go to school and if im a real laker fan and call me stupid. How can you not see how sad that is. What world do u live in? I feel so sorry for u, have a great day im out wierdo, have fun picking fights and tellin people their stupid and not real fans......thats such a wierd way to spend ur day


dlopez711
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Since: Jul 11, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2012 10:19 am
 

Kobe, Magic say it's time for Buss to meet Bryant

dlopez....LOL i just went thru here and you are copy p[asting everything people say and arguing.....u r such a loser....hahahaha....find something to do with ur life, get outa mommys basement and get ur self esteem higher so u dont have to come on msg boards and not put ur opinion but argue with every other persons opinion to make urself feel better about.....well....urself, and the saddest part is ur not arguing with facts ur just telling people their stupid. I wont argue with you, you obviously live a sad existence and you might do something drastic with that obvious low view of urself and I dont wanna contribute to someones demise. If you call people stupid it wont make u any smarter i promise and doing it over the internet is just sad.


dlopez711
Since: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 23, 2012 10:14 am
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