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Jim Buss says Lakers are ‘not going to panic’ despite dismal start

Jan 10, 2013, 9:11 PM EST

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Panic is a severe word to use where sports franchises are concerned, given the millions of dollars invested in players and coaches and the long-term vision it takes to put together a team capable of competing for a championship.

On paper, the Lakers should have the talent to be in that championship conversation. But injuries to the team’s biggest offsesason acquisitions in Steve Nash and Dwight Howard have at a minimum delayed those aspirations, and may have derailed them altogether.

Only time will tell if the Lakers are unable to dig themselves out of the hole that finds them currently out of the playoff picture. But after already making a coaching change early in the season, the team’s leadership seems content with playing things out with the roster as currently constructed.

Appearing on 710 ESPN radio in Los Angeles on Thursday, Lakers executive vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss had plenty to say about the current state of the team, and stressed that he’s not about to make any rash decisions, especially considering the relatively limited time L.A.’s key players have had on the court together.

As transcribed by Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times:

“I don’t know if we’ve had five games where all our players are playing,” Buss said. “When you have injuries like that, you can’t play enough games together to get chemistry.”

“How can you not believe in this team? This team is built to win and it’s a very, very solid team,” Buss said.  “In my mind, we would not consider a temporary fix or blow it up. Why blow up something that we have a future with?”

“I’m still excited about the team but injuries have played such a huge part in this. I’m not frustrated with the players at all,” Buss said. “Am I upset that we might not make the playoffs? Of course.”

“To panic?” asked Buss. “No, we’re not going to panic.”

That’s certainly good to hear for Lakers fans, considering that a team that has changed its head coach and made a blockbuster trade within the same season hasn’t won a title in recent years.

In L.A., of course, that was the goal once the season began, and it’s still the standard this year’s Lakers squad will be held to, at least to some extent. Right now the team will need to win in the neighborhood of two out of every three games the rest of the way to even make the postseason, but should that happen, anything is possible.

One thing is clear, and that’s the fact that blowing this team up or making any additional short-term changes to win RIGHT NOW is not the answer. This team needs time to play and practice together with its full compliment of players available to see what it’s truly capable of, and panic — at any level of the organization — will only serve to achieve the opposite of the desired result.

  1. dannymac17 - Jan 11, 2013 at 4:12 AM

    Kinda makes you think?

    Whats your fall out plan after Kobe is done?

    yikes.

    • marksp18 - Jan 11, 2013 at 8:14 AM

      No worries. Lakers will be flush with cap space starting in 2014. You think players will not want to come to LA? Check the history of the league. The Lakers will still be a top destination for free agents.

      • dannymac17 - Jan 11, 2013 at 11:52 AM

        You are right, they will want to come to LA.

        But just which LA team exactly?

  2. ron05342 - Jan 11, 2013 at 4:56 AM

    As a long-time Laker fan, even I can see the writing on the wall. It’s going to be a Clipper town for the next few years, and anyone who can’t see that doesn’t know basketball much.

    • marksp18 - Jan 11, 2013 at 8:16 AM

      As a long-time Laker fan, I think they have a chance.

      But they have not done anything yet but play good basketball during the regular season.

      Why not wait until they hang a banner in the rafters before you crown their arse?

      Even if they did win one then they need to win another right away and go to a third finals the very next year to be compared to the Lakers recent success.

      I hope they do win though. It will be good for them and LA.

      They have a long way to go before they take over the Lakers.

      • loungefly74 - Jan 11, 2013 at 10:37 AM

        thank you. agree. happy for the clipshow BUT they have a long ways to go to compete with the lakers for LaLaLand. yeah, they will be good for the next few years but 30+ years of ineptitude doesn’t disappear that fast…

  3. fearthehoody - Jan 11, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    LA is a Clippers town now, Lakers are old news! Clipper Nation……Risen!

    • aboogy123456 - Jan 11, 2013 at 8:52 AM

      A big reason the lakers have been successful over the years is because they are patient, and they don’t make stupid trades (like the idiots that say trade kobe). I am one of the many people that hates Jim Buss, but I agree with what he’s saying. Why should they panic when this team hasn’t had any time to play with each other? Yea it’s scary they might miss the playoffs but that’s only because they might run out of time. They have the smartest backcourt in the league, and Dwight howard, who took Turkoglu to the finals. There’s nothing that will help the lakers by panicking right now, they have all the pieces they need to win now and next year. This is a 2 year team.

  4. aboogy123456 - Jan 11, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    A big reason the lakers have been successful over the years is because they are patient, and they don’t make stupid trades (like the idiots that say trade kobe). I am one of the many people that hates Jim Buss, but I agree with what he’s saying. Why should they panic when this team hasn’t had any time to play with each other? Yea it’s scary they might miss the playoffs but that’s only because they might run out of time. They have the smartest backcourt in the league, and Dwight howard, who took Turkoglu to the finals. There’s nothing that will help the lakers by panicking right now, they have all the pieces they need to win now and next year. This is a 2 year team.

  5. omniusprime - Jan 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Don’t let the little idiot buss boy’s false bravado fool you, you better believe he’s panicking that Daddy Buss will wake up and fire his worthless behind. Considering how well the Lakers normally play this dismal season is more than enough reason for us Laker fans to panic. The Laker woes will not end until the Lakers fire Dumbtoni and trade away Ancient Nash, the most sorry excuse for a point guard.

    Let’s face it, Jerky Boy Jimmy doesn’t have a clue about what to do and neither does Kupcake. They’d better find a way to get some better talent on the bench and a great young point guard. I just wish Daddy Buss will be smart enough to give the reins of the team over to Phil and Jeanie once they’re married. I think Phil would be a natural for taking over Jerky Boy Jimmy’s job and it would be sweet poetic justice for all of us Laker fans who despise the little rich spoiled brat who is totally clueless.

    Fire Dumbtoni!!! Fire the little idiot buss boy!!! Trade Away Ancient Nash!!!

  6. paulhargis53 - Jan 11, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Don’t worry rgledz, As soon as the lakers win 2 games in a row, lakerluver will be back on the lakers posts. That’s just how he operates. He runs his mouth, gets made a fool of, then goes into hiding for awhile. He’s an idiot and the worst type of fan there is.

    • badintent - Jan 11, 2013 at 11:52 PM

      Lets pass the hat and buy bozoforall/lakerluver a surf board. I hear the Tiger Sharks are around Redondo beach now.

  7. andreweac - Jan 11, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    He should have apologized for not hiring Phil. It’s not to late to fire Mike.

  8. dyn0myte - Jan 11, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Time Warner Cable has committed to paying 3 billion dollars (with a “B”) for the rights to televise the games of one of professional sports most successful and popular franchises.

    Currently, the Lakers are neither the most successful or popular team playing at the Staples Center.

    It will be interesting to see what happens when Laker fans lose interest and begin cancelling their inflated Time Warner Cable subscriptions…

    • badintent - Jan 11, 2013 at 11:50 PM

      Great post !The Yankees get Mega $$$ for the cable rights and like the Lakers they are built every year to win. But remember, Time Warner is the same stupid cable company that had a major hissy fight with MSG cable when Linsantiy was hot !! They refused to cut a deal for months. Of course, Herr Stern was too busy counting his $$ to notice or do a freaking thing about it.

  9. kanemoney - Jan 11, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    This is a team, aside from Nash, built for the triangle. Dantoni doesn’t have the talent he needs for his system. And he lacks the skills to coach any other way.

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