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Kobe Bryant says some really nice things about Jim Buss

Mar 23, 2012, 10:32 AM EDT

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Kobe Bryant is too smart to go on the Lakers flagship radio station in Los Angeles and rip his boss. He’d have you read between the lines of a terse statement.

But that’s not what he did.

Kobe was on the Mason and Ireland show on ESPN Radio in L.A. (John Ireland is the Lakers radio play-by-play voice) and when asked about Jim Buss gave a pretty glowing response. (Thanks to Brian Kamenetzky of Land O’ Lakers for the transcription).

“We have a good relationship. People misunderstand that relationship. We’ve had good times. We’ve had dinner together, things like that. He’s a great guy. He wants to do the right thing, he wants to help us win a championship. The biggest thing is, the same with his father who he’s learned from, he’s not going to make rushed decisions. He’s going to be patient, he’s going to take his time, and the one thing I will say about the Lakers organization is that this is one of those franchises that always seems to land on it’s feet. Always seems to make the right choices, always seems to make the right decisions. Even the tough ones. He’s a great guy.”

Jerry Buss has been very good at thinking in terms of the big picture during his tenure. He has made the hard choices and done things he may not have wanted to do (bring back Phil Jackson in 2005, for example) because it was the right thing for the business.

Jim Buss has yet to show that kind of vision. Right now the book is still out on him as an owner, we do not have enough information to make an informed decision. There may be signs of concern, but those are short term. What Lakers fans know is they do have a relationship with and trust the more visible Jeanie Buss. Jim did a live chat with fans on the team site yesterday, he needs to do more things like that to start to establish that trust.

But in the end, he will be judged by rings and keeping the Lakers a perennial power. Unfortunately for Jim Buss, he will be judged by the bar his father set.

  1. SmackSaw - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Just win, baby.

  2. lakerluver - Mar 23, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    The LAKERS franchise is the best in the NBA, bar none. The only thing that matters is winning titles.

  3. lakerade - Mar 23, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    The jury is still out bc of the perception that jim buss’ desires to make his own mark outweigh his responsibility (given to him by dr. Buss) to be the caretaker of the franchise going forward. Winning cures everything, and the younger buss’ moves will be applauded if he just focuses on providing as much opportunity as possible for the players on the court to achieve success. For good or ill, the bar has been set very high and we fans expect quite a bit, but it is not a knock on jim so much as the ultimate compliment to jerry for his prowess that has gotten us used to winning. Stay the course, jim, just like your father let the business of basketball be your guide.

  4. losangelasbasketball - Mar 24, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    He wasn’t this nice when he had 3 rings…

    • africanballer - Mar 24, 2012 at 10:39 AM


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