Jeanie Buss Reacts To Kobe Bryant’s Retirement Announcement
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Kobe Bryant will undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest players to ever play the game of basketball and on Sunday, he announced that this would be his final season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Most had assumed that this would be Kobe’s last year, but he refused to make it official until now.

Of course with a legend like Kobe, the announcement brought about reactions from all across the NBA, with many current and former players talking about their admiration for him. Lakers President Jeanie Buss appeared on Sirius XM Bleacher Report Radio and spoke on her initial reaction to Kobe’s announcement:

What I see is, I see someone at peace. Someone who is following his heart and his mind. He knows that this is right for him and I’ve always been clear that it’s hard for me to imagine the Lakers without Kobe Bryant. We have a more clear vision of when that day will be, and for me that’s sad.

Very few players in any sport have the kind of impact that Kobe had on the Lakers. With countless memories and championships provided over 20 years, he has truly been the face of this Lakers era and him not being in a Lakers uniform is difficult to imagine.

The Lakers are a family run organization, making someone like Kobe family to Jeanie. The Lakers have always taken care of their superstars and Kobe is no exception. He will surely see his jersey hanging in the rafters and likely have a statue outside of Staples Center as well.

Jeanie just needs to nake sure she sends Byron packing along with Kobe. Thanks for the memories but we gotta let go of the past and create another new Lakers chapter/era.

  • Please make the move to dump Jimmy now and bring in a professional. The Lakers deserve excellence in FO leadership. I get the charm of “the Buss family business,” but the Lakers are no longer a Pizzeria-level enterprise anymore.

    Nobody else in the whole NBA would hire Jim Buss to do the job he is supposed to be doing now. Is that the truth or isn’t it? Your ability to answer that question honestly says everything about your qualifications to lead the Lakers, too.

    It makes a difference in who we can hire as our coach, for example. Would Pop come to work for Jimmy? Or would Phil? Not a chance. The best won’t come to LA to work for Jim Buss. He’s too much of a lowly. Jim Buss is his own comment on the Lakers. You know this.

    “WhatHaveYouDoneForMeLately” is right about our needing a “new school” coach for our young team. Luke Walton? Kevin Ollie? Steve Nash? I just want somebody that will run a present day offense and defense and not take us back-to-the-future again with yet another rehash of the “Princeton.”

  • I never thought about that but that’s probably hindering the Lakers progression as well. Jeanie has to really look into that and this is yet another example of why family and business shouldn’t mix. She doesn’t have the guts to fire her brother it seems. He gave himself a timetable to fix this team but she should be the one giving ultimatums. If he is a roadblock to the Lakers success that has to be looked into and rectified.

  • No doubt.

    Notice. There is one Buss kid or cousin for every management job in Lakerland. The whole idea is the fuzzy drug-laced dream of a father that loved his children as he lay dying. Does anyone suppose that the rest of the league and all the agents and free agents and coaches don’t know the Lakers are AFU? Of course they do. This is just another reason we can’t hire a top free agent for love or money: the Lakers are in disarray from top to bottom, management-wise. We are an undesirable destination for KD or anyone else to choose to come to. It is a bad situation.

    And it will be until Jeannie either takes over and does what she was educated to do—or sells the team. I would love to see the “dragon-lady” side of Jeannie. Wouldn’t you?

    It is referred to as the “Will to Excellence.” Kobe had it, but he is the last of the Laker champions.

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