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Jim Buss was “very disappointed” in Lakers finish

Jun 1, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

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I will say this for Jim Buss (the son of Lakers owner Jerry Buss who now runs the franchise): he is getting out and talking to the media more. He realizes he needs to have a presence with the fans (like his sister Jeanie does).

So he went on a the Lakers flagship radio station in Los Angeles Thursday and said what Lakers fans wanted to hear, as reported at ESPNLosAngeles.com. Well, at least some of the things Lakers fans wanted to hear.

“Me personally, I’m never happy unless we win our last game in the playoffs,” Buss said in an interview on the “Mason & Ireland Show” on 710 ESPN Radio on Thursday. “I’m very disappointed in the season. I thought we were a better team than this, but you can look at it as this was the first year these guys have played together with this coach.

“There’s a lot of things you can look at and build for the future and say they haven’t had the time to gel like other teams. You watch San Antonio, they can play with their eyes closed because they know exactly where everybody is and what they’re doing and what their quirks are. You see a team that sticks together like that and we didn’t have that.”

Yes, the Lakers were a team that made stylistic, coaching and roster changes in a year everyone knew would have a limited training camp (if one at all). As a result the Lakers looked like a team trying to figure it out most of the season. And that’s pretty much all on you Jim. You chose to change direction, not promote Brian Shaw and keep the triangle but rather rid the organization of all things Phil Jackson. You wanted to fashion the team the way you like it. There’s a price for that.

Some of the Lakers issues also fell at the feet of Mike Brown, the coach Lakers fans are not sold on. But Buss sounds good with him.

“I think he did a fantastic job. … I want to sit down for a couple hours and go through (if) his influence showed up on the floor, which I think it did. I think it was just unfortunate we lost that series, otherwise we’d still be in it and we’d all think that everything is fantastic.”

As you would expect, Jim Buss praised Andrew Bynum for how he stepped up. Bynum has one more year on his Lakers deal and while the team will likely not be able to sign him to an extension (it’s in Bynum’s financial interest to become a free agent and re-sign with the Lakers, it pays him more for longer) they need to make sure he’s happy and to keep him. Buss talked about Bynum as a guy you build around.

The Lakers do not have a first round draft pick, having moved theirs this year for Ramon Sessions. It was the 24th pick and a low-level rookie is not what the win-now Lakers need anyway. Buss recognizes this and says he is not planning to trade assets to get into the draft.

But you can bet there will be roster changes for the Lakers this summer. Maybe big ones.

  1. bestcoastinfluence - Jun 1, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    If he wasn’t “very disappointed” I would be more concerned. They didn’t win a title, so he should be disappointed.

  2. captainwisdom8888 - Jun 1, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Lemme hit you with some alliteration…Top talent is terrific but teams take time.

    The Miami Heat showed last year that TALENT can only take you so far…while they were defeated by a Dallas squad many considered to have inferior talent, but a better TEAM. It’s essential to form a cohesive unit and gain a strong understanding of the mannerisms and playing style of your teammates and that simply takes time. Good teams will beat good talent 9 times out of 10…

    • aboogy123456 - Jun 1, 2012 at 2:55 PM

      Yea, but Lakers WERE a great team who had a ton of experience playing together. They were the best passing team in the league with the triangle, but this Jimmy buss jerk had to ruin that. Kobe, Pau, and Bynum have been playing together for years and they are smart players, they should have just kept the triangle offense or at least hired a coach that knew how to play to their strengths.

  3. limonadamas - Jun 1, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Andrew Bynum “stepped up”? Really? When did that happen?

    Bynum’s “someone you can build a team around”? Really??? He’s expressed recently that he doesn’t care where he plays because “there’s an ATM in every city.”

    If this is really how Jimbo sees things, then the Lakers are in as much trouble as everyone thinks they are.

    • vinceares - Jun 1, 2012 at 6:45 PM

      You and I have the very same sentiments with this over-paid lazy-azz immature center. Like I said b4, I will trade him for Milsap and Jefferson if I had a say in it. Those two work hard and just needs a playoff team to really blossom to being a force to be reckon with. The lakers will still need to shop around for a replacement for Sessions. He did not work out as planned or expected – weak player….sorry.

  4. b7p19 - Jun 1, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Who’s fault is it that they didn’t stay together? Who traded Odom?

  5. lalakersalldammdayy24 - Jun 1, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    I hope to see some changes on the bench like get rid of murphy & barnes ! An possibly mwp !

  6. 700levelvet - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Don’t worry son…….You can still lick the peanut butter from the silver spoon you were born with……..

  7. zxrated - Jun 1, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Sessions is a nice young career back up PG. The Lakers had two first round picks in a draft that’s as deep as it has been in years. Those picks could’ve helped strengthen the bench. The new CBA will not allow trades to build the bench. This mentality is the reason the roster is so depleated 6-12.

  8. 00maltliquor - Jun 1, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Good ole’ Jimmy should be dissapointed in the bums he signed to “help out”, i.e. Jason Kapono, Josh McRoberts, Troy Murphy, no real C to backup off the bench, not trading Steve Blake to Portland in that 3-way deal that would’ve netted a real scorer off the bench in Beasley, not trading Steve Blake in general, getting rid off BOTH his 1st round picks for this years ridiculously loaded draft for two players who’s contracts run out and most likely WON’T be back next year, HASTILY TRADING LAMAR ODOM AWAY FOR A BAG OF PEANUTS AND A HANDJOB, ahhhhh!!!!………

    • loungefly74 - Jun 1, 2012 at 4:12 PM

      nailed it Malt. yeah…i’m disgusted with that bench. all of them played scared (except barnes). steve blake (holding my hand as if I was chocking someone) needs to go. getting hill and sessions was done too late in the season and I wouldnt mind those guys to stay but yeah…get rid of Blake, McBob, and Murphy. Get some bench guys who want the ball and are aggressive (like in the past…Shannon Brown, Farmar, Vujacic, etc…). i hope Buss does his homework this offseason and reload our roster.

      Go Lakers…

      • 00maltliquor - Jun 2, 2012 at 4:20 AM

        steve blake (holding my hand as if I was chocking someone)…

        No loungefly74, YOU nailed it!! I can name 29 other NBA teams that wouldn’t have played him a lick, ESPECIALLY in the playoffs! Anyone else out there with a favorite team outside the LAKERS (as Kurt likes to say,” hat tip” to lakerluver for always putting the LAKERS in all caps) would want Steve Blake on their team to either start OR come of the bench as the 1st guard in the rotation SHOW YOURSELF!!! I’ll give it a minute…………………………………………………………………Thought so!

  9. ksolomonjr - Jun 1, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Your disappointed? WOW!! I’m disappointed that u charge top dollar to the games and our team sucks. U traded Odom for a free car wash. That’s like OKC trading Harden or SA trading Ginobli for nothing. What were u expecting? Bynum to lead us to the promise land. Build around Bynum? Did u watch the games? Bynum is a head case who has bad knees. Sessions is an excellent backup PG. Then what? Barnes, Murphy, LOL!!! I’m disappointed to Jimbo..disappointed your father asked you to run the team.

  10. Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 1, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Imagine how Laker fans are disappointed in YOU, Jimmy.

  11. abchome - Jun 1, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    When you have doubt (or not), ask your father (or sister)…

  12. lakerluver - Jun 1, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    The LAKERS only goal is the ring, and usually they win them 2 or 3 at a time. My beloved LAKERS aren’t gonna win it all this season, however, nevertheless it’s good being a LAKERS fan because we know winning is always the objective. Not rebuilding, reloading and winning Larry O’Brien Trophies.

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 2, 2012 at 4:25 AM

      Yes. Nothing but truth.

  13. 20dollardinners - Jun 1, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    A lot of male egos at play here. Boss eradicating the lakers of anything remotely Phil Jackson. Brown playing Gasol to his system, not Gasol’s strength.

    Really the story of the season is the Chris Paul trade that never happened. They were doomed from there on out.

  14. brianbosworthisstonecold - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    Ricky Schroeder>Jim Buss

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