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Jim Buss is frustrated with Lakers production, too

Dec 13, 2012, 7:46 PM EDT

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Jim Buss is just like every Lakers fan, frustrated by the 9-13 start, the lackluster defensive rotations, the lack of any team identity, the injuries and more.

Except, he is part of the reason the Lakers are where they are — he’s the defacto owner now. He gets part of the blame.

In a text to Sam Amick of USA Today he simply sounded frustrated, like a lot of Lakers fans (just less angry).

“It’s very frustrating, because I think there are many little factors that are causing the issues that we’re having,” Buss wrote in a text message to USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday. “Nash, injuries, (a) new system. Like I said before, there are a lot of little ones, but the ones that figure to help the most would be Nash returning (and) Gasol returning and just playing together in a new system.”

Getting healthy certainly is the first step for the Lakers. As GM Mitch Kupchak has said, right now it is impossible to evaluate these Lakers because all the pieces aren’t there.

But the Lakers are a team without an identity, and if Buss wants to blame someone for that he can go find a mirror. The Lakers brought in two key new players in Steve Nash and Dwight Howard. They chose not to make a move with Mike Brown over the summer, bringing him back with a brand new offense installed during training camp. Then despite injuries that never allowed him to get his new offense running right, management moved to fire Brown and bring in Mike D’Antoni and his radically different offense and philosophy. On the fly with the season underway and injuries already hitting the roster.

And you wonder why this team has no identity?

The Lakers will start to find that identity at some point once they start to get healthy and the team plays together. The problem is the hole they dug themselves with the start will come back to haunt them when they play a lot of road playoff games.

  1. dannymac17 - Dec 13, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Gotta counter that Pro Clippers thread with a “Whats wrong with the Lakers thread”

  2. lafan101 - Dec 13, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Jim Buss did NOT hire Mike D’Antoni!!!!!!!! Jerry Buss DID!!!! Get it through you’re heads people!!!!!!!!!

    • cosanostra71 - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:20 AM

      um, what?

    • spthegr8 - Dec 14, 2012 at 10:20 AM

      Do you have ANY idea what is going on ?? You do know we are talking about the Lakers right?? Get a clue or get lost!!!!

  3. paulhargis53 - Dec 13, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Who says the lakers are going to make the playoffs.
    BTW, Daddy Buss didn’t hire Mikey Boy.

    If daddy was doing the hiring, PJ would be there.

  4. prestigious1 - Dec 13, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    If he’s really frustrated he’ll do the right thing and resign.

  5. thraiderskin - Dec 13, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Jim Buss is not good for this organization…

  6. dalucks - Dec 13, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    If Jim Buss thinks that roster can win games then he is worse than I thought. The starting lineup is good when healthy but the Lakers have absolutely no bench. No young talent to trade and a bunch of bad contracts. Given the fact the he allowed Mitch Kupchak to trade 3 more first round drafts to Phoenix for Steve Nash, it will only get worse before it gets better. After Mitch of course traded the previous two 1st round picks for Joe Smith and a Ramon Sessions rental. Also, Mitch signed Steve Blake and Theo Ratliff in 2010 instead of using the full mid level extension on Al Harrington. Plus, Phil Jackson stayed 1 year too long preventing the Lakers from signing Byron Scott. Trading for Dwight Howard was nice but did you really have to take Earl Clark and Chris Duhon.
    I cannot forget Jim Buss draft day decision to draft a 7 foot cheerleader in Robert Scarce.
    The Lakers have been working toward this miserable season for a while now.

  7. rayray5227 - Dec 13, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Jim Buss needs to fire Jerry Buss. First of all Jim Buss is the older Buss and the father of the now in charge Jerry Buss. That being said, PLEASE bring back Phil and get this organization back on its tracks! I dont understand why the idiot of a son would not continue the culture that brought them 5 rings under Phil Jackson. Why try to fix whats not broke?! Jerry Buss is the perfect example of a spoiled rich kid who just blew daddys money when he was younger and now wants to impress daddy by creating his own legacy.

    • rayray5227 - Dec 13, 2012 at 8:30 PM

      I screwed up with the names myself and theres no edit. Jim is the sown of Jerry Buss.

  8. spthegr8 - Dec 13, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Welcome too the party Jimbo. I KNOW I’m not speaking for myself, when I say. WE ARE ALL FRUSTRATED WITH YOU!!! From running PJ off a couple of years ago & hiring professor Brown. Then you had a chance too right your own wrong and bring PJ back and you FU**ED IT UP AGAIN!!! Seems like all you do is F**K UP!! A Jimbo do us all a favor. Give Jeanie a call and hand her the keys too the car. Cuz you are LOST!!!!



    • badintent - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:19 AM




  9. paulhargis53 - Dec 13, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    lakers down by 14 after the 1st quarter…too f’n funny.

    Carmelo has gone off for 22!

    Lakers give up 41 points in a quarter, where’s the defense?!
    9-14 here they come….

    • bozosforall - Dec 13, 2012 at 10:00 PM

      Poor Pudhummer…he has no life outside of the sports world…a world that he has no influence on whatsoever. Biggest loser in life is Pudhummer.

  10. mrchainbluelightning - Dec 13, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    I guess they are waiting to see this fail with Nash and Gasol before firing Mike D.

  11. cantonbound13 - Dec 13, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    Who’s Jerry & who’s Jim?

  12. cantonbound13 - Dec 13, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Bring back Bernie

  13. willardj - Dec 13, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    The lie that Lakers fans keep telling themselves this year is that it’s little things that’s separating them from where they are now and from being a true title contender.

    However, it’s actually much bigger than that. This team is losing at home to much inferior opponents. It’s not a lack of execution or lack of chemistry, this team simply isn’t as good as people think it is. Kobe isn’t elite anymore folks. He can’t defend like he used to and conserves most of his energy for offense. Artest is also a shell of himself. Same goes for Gasol. And Howard is still recovering from injury. Overall, the team just isn’t that good.

  14. paulhargis53 - Dec 13, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    lol@bozo/lakerluver. Still using my.material huh putz?

    Nope, sports isn’t my whole world at all.
    I do enjoy the lakers stinking out MSG though.

    Cmon turd, bring up the Yankees/red sox, when I’m not a sox fan….bring up the patriots, not a fan of them either.

    Face it dummy, all you have is your pathetic play on names. You can’t think up on your own jokes, so you steal mine and others.
    You really need to come out of the closet dude. It’s ok, you need not be ashamed.

    People here want to talk hoops, not watch you name call guys you have a crush on.
    This isn’t the forum for you to pick up guys.. Don’t worry, that special guy will come along for you.
    You just have to stop handing out the oral treats on the 1st date with the fellas.

    • badintent - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:24 AM

      bozo was exposed to high radiation at his sun tanning session and it fried his brain.The dude though the attendant said “more than 10 minutes” ( it was No More than 10 minutes) So he can’t be held responsible for his LA Valley Barbie bimbo babble

  15. glink123 - Dec 13, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Interesting how Buss and Cupcheck say they can’t fairly evaluate this team under D’Antoni due to lingering player injuries, yet they had no problems evaluating the team under Brown with the exact same player injuries.

    • cosanostra71 - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:22 AM

      If you ignore the whole 2011-2012 season, then sure.

  16. ckinthekc99 - Dec 13, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    Only way that this team turns it around is if they trade their only piece, Pau Gasol, for some young athleticism. THIS ISN’T WORKING

  17. lucky5936 - Dec 13, 2012 at 11:52 PM


    It doesn’t matter which Buss hired Mike D. He was the wrong choice then and he clearly is the wrong choice now.

  18. uscthom78 - Dec 13, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Sonny distracted by papa’s hookers and prostitutes.

  19. ambitoos - Dec 14, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    You people are all over reacting. Do you remember how long it took the Heat to come together. Does anybody remember how concerned Pat Riley was that first year. Take a chill pill fans and let the experts work out the problems. They’ll get it together. Don’t be so impatient.

    • totallyuselessme - Dec 14, 2012 at 12:57 AM

      I don’t think the Heat ever dropped more than a game under .500 even while they were still ‘putting it together’. I know the Celtics didn’t when their trio first got out there together. The Nets are working with a very diferent nucleus also, with their star center being out for 5 games in a row.. and they’re still over .500

      The Lakers are 4-9 under D’Antoni. There’s a big difference there.

      • ambitoos - Dec 14, 2012 at 4:37 PM

        Your missing two important poeces of the starting lineup. Give it more time.

    • eventhorizon04 - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:13 AM

      ….I remember how the Heat started out 9-8 in 2010, then went on a 21-1 run that started at the end of November and lasted into January that allowed them to catch up with the top teams in the East.

      As for the Lakers, it’s already mid-December, and the Lakers definitely do not look poised to go on a 21-1 run, with 2 of their best 4 players (Nash and Pau) out with nagging injuries.

      Big difference.

    • abchome - Dec 14, 2012 at 11:11 AM

      The 2010/11 Heat were 15-8 after 23 games, 6 games better than the Lakers current record.

  20. doctorfootball - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    Buss is blaming “a new system” that the team isn’t even playing.

  21. hoodheisman - Dec 14, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    Short Buss is the only person on the planet who thinks this “new system” fits this roster. Then again, Short Buss was always a bit slower than the rest of us.

    The number of references Kobe is starting to make regarding Phil Jackson and getting his “zen on” makes me wonder just how much longer til Kobe walks upstairs and demands Phil be brought back, even if it means the owner’s son needs to leave.

  22. abchome - Dec 14, 2012 at 4:53 AM

    Time is ticking. In the last 4 full seasons, it took 46 to 50 wins to secure the 8th seed in the west. For 50 wins, the Lakers have to finish 41-18 (0.695) on a tougher schedule.

  23. 1historian - Dec 14, 2012 at 6:47 AM

    The lakers are old, beat up and they don’t play together because they don’t really know each other basketball-wise. Little to no bench, no real young talent coming off the bench, and all in all this looks like a really bad year for them.


  24. jnlakerfan - Dec 14, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    The lakers shouldnt of traded all their good bench players…lamar, ariza, shannon brown, and a lot of other good decent bench players.

  25. spthegr8 - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    They didn’t trade Ariza or Shannon Brown, Free agency. & the Odom trade is how they were able too get Nash. Plus Lamar wanted out after the CP3 trade debacle. Just Saying!!!

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