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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 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.

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 9:13 am

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

Anytime you have a changing of head coaches, ALL THE PLAYERS should talk with management not just the star.  Kobe has, however, earned the right to answer questions from the media if asked!  They asked how the trade talks were weighing on his teammate and he answered them honestly.  He said what all of us were actually thinking!  It isnt Kobe's job to run the team but as arguably the greatest Laker ever, he should at least have some conversation with management even if its just a "Hey, how you doing?" talk every now and then.  They wanted to purge the Lakers of everything Phil Jackson and with that have sent the team into limbo.  Its going to be a rough couple of years and honestly, no trade will change that, not even the failed trade for CP3.  The players have the triangle engrained in them and thats going to take some time to break.  The ship will get righted eventually and all will be well again.  its just going to take a few years to do it.   


Since: May 4, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 9:09 am

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

You really think with that bench, Fisher running point and Kobe's being injured that this team can make a deep run? Not to mention Pau's comically fragile psyche and the inevitable Bynum injury.

Since: Feb 21, 2012
Posted on: February 23, 2012 8:50 am

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

kobe, i know this is hard for you to hear, but you do not own this team, you are JUST a good ballplayer, and i dont want to hear about the best ever, etc, etc etc, it is boring and irrevalent.  If anybody in a fortune 500 company talked the way you do, about everyonem acting like you are the be all end all, you would either get an attitude adjustment from the CEO, or fired outright

Just play ball, that is what you are being paid a gazillion dollars to do, and keep your nose out of the owners business 

Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 8:16 am
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Since: Oct 20, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2012 7:27 am

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

The drama queen just can't accept that those winning days are over. He's on the downside of his career and working for an organization with poor management, poor coaching and a weak fan base! Without Phil, the Lakers are toast! Don't worry Kobe, you can Fisher can collect your pension and play cards in the cellar because that's exactly where you're headed!

Since: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 23, 2012 6:48 am
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Since: Jul 11, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2012 5:39 am

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

Kobe is the best player in the nba and by the way the only player that has the guts to call out his front office. Just a year ago the Lakers were the 2 time defending champs. Kobes old? really? He leads the nba in scoring and over 5 and 5 rebounds assists. Hes having arguably his best year ever. This team cant win? really? the 2 time defending champs a year ago with the best player to go with the best big man combo in the nba cant win huh. All they need is a couple bench guys and theyre good. Buss foot in mouth and head up ask hole, figure this out idiot before its too late or go away and let someone who knows what their doin run the show. Kobe would do better at ur job and playing than ur doin

Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 2:17 am

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

Thanks stepp. I didn't know you knew so much about the inner workings of the Buss have such credibilty.

Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 2:14 am

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

Where does CBS get their writers. Worse yet, does CBS have an editor?

Let's see:

Writer assumption 1: That Ken Bergers "scathing" and "revealing" article had something to do with Bryant and the front office sitting down and talking.

Sure it did....

Writer assumption 2: Magic is as close to the front office as anyone especially since he has a "statue outside their building".

So to get real close to the current front office all you need is a "statue" in front Staples....

Writer assumption 3: A player says "Um, Perhaps" and that tells you everything about what he really feels or thinks.

How about Kobe is sick of your stupid articles Ken and just didn't feel like talking to you..

At the end of the day, sports agencies like CBS and ESPN are just hackers. Their sole purpose is to create controversy. Whatever happened to reliable news stories?      
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Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 2:09 am

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

jim buss is a playboy idiot who is having a pissing contest with his dad. The whole organization is now a mess. Kobe wants to win, magic wanted to win, the elder buss wanted to win. Jim Buss wants to screw hookers and lay on the beach. He knows nothing about basketball. just because he inherited the team, Kobe is still the reason for the teams success and if you want a team to win, its not about who;s team it is on the financial page. Get it now?????

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