Jim Buss On Lakers Rebuild: ‘I Think We’ve Turned The Corner’
Lakers Executive Vp Jim Buss Responds To Magic Johnson’s Criticism
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Jim Buss has been the target of many Los Angeles Lakers fans who point to him as the main reason behind the struggles of the last couple of years.

The executive VP of Basketball Operations continues to push forward, however, full of optimism about the franchise.

In particular, Buss told Sam Amick of USA Today that he believes the Lakers have ‘turned the corner’:

Yeah, I think we’re in dynamite position. Not good position – dynamite. I think we’ve turned the corner.

Buss is very excited about the Lakers young core, especially second overall pick D’Angelo Russell. Buss believes he could be the key to getting the Lakers past the rebuilding stage and potentially help lure a big-name free agent:

We went through, what 10 years without winning a championship or anything? Sedale Threatt, and those days – Smush Parker and Chris Mihm. You have to do it, until you make the right move. And I think we might have made the right move with D’Angelo Russell. I think he might be something special. And if he is, then that’s what I’m talking about. Somebody special is going to want to play with someone special, and then the dominoes fall. So yeah, I’m extremely confident.

That foundation of Russell, Jordan Clarkson, and Julius Randle is cause for excitement from everyone. Each has shown potential to be a great player in the league, and if they continue to develop, it isn’t hard to envision a major player wanting to join them in Los Angeles.

With Buss still on his self-imposed timeline to return the Lakers to championship contention, he is surely banking on that development to happen sooner rather than later.

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  • I must say Mitch Kupchak alone is a genius but i think Jim Buss studying the game together make them unstoppable as a force. I like that Jim has started to come out of his shell and be more open with the public and be more hands on with the people around who only want to help see the Lakers get back to what we know but most importantly pleasing the fans. I think last night win is what we will see a lot of and is why i believe we will get the 7th seed this year, A lot of teams in this league has digress and aren’t as good as they we’re last year, the media, critics or so called ESPN analyst never analyze full games so they truly dont know how special the Lakers really are this year and with my fingers crossed and including toes if we stay healthy a full season we will be one of the best teams hands down. I want to tell Jim thanks for using Magic, Byron,Kareem, Mitch, Worthy, Jerry West son etc guys who know what its like to win to teach these young guys what it is all about and giving them endless knowledge of the game to get us back to where we know and thats the top. Even if Metta dont make the team he definitely should be brought in as a coach, i think nobody can guard Julius Randle in the league the boy reminds me of Lebron but needs to be much more polish, Clarkson is my favorite player right now i know i grew up on Kobe but i just see Clarkson as the best to come, and Russell adds that glowing cherry on the cake that we need, What will hurt these teams is the fact that we have the best bench in the league Marcelo passing will be a nightmare for teams without a bench because Nick and Lou Will on each side teams will be hurt, our chemistry is going way on the team and a fan base man i am loving life as a Laker fan and also thank Jeanie Buss as well, Also in the long run Dwight Howard will regret leaving the Lakers we might be down but the one thing about champions they always find a way to get back on top and i am happy to see the organization starting to get back. #LAKERNATION BABY WE BACKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK

  • Mr Buss, Russell will be great, but you failed to mention the obvious jewel we picked up in Julius Randle.

    I also dont want Clarkson to get overlooked behind my boy Randles recent spotlighting, or behind Huertas for that matter.

    Clarkson is playing very well.

    We honestly have a GREAT team and some of us fans don’t even see it. I do.

  • Mr Buss, Russell will be great, but you failed to mention the obvious jewel we picked up in Julius Randle.

    I also dont want Clarkson to get overlooked behind my boy Randles recent spotlighting, or behind Huertas for that matter.

    Clarkson is playing very well.

    We honestly have a GREAT team and some of us fans don’t even see it. I do.

  • So we are trying the homerun with Durant if I understand correctly.
    Well, I sure hope the FO hasn’t forgotten the pace of the last Free Agency.

  • So we are trying the homerun with Durant if I understand correctly.
    Well, I sure hope the FO hasn’t forgotten the pace of the last Free Agency.

  • Putting a durant around this fresh young team is the right move. We just need to have backup options

  • Putting a durant around this fresh young team is the right move. We just need to have backup options

  • The thing is the backup options won’t be avalaible after the first day onf the Free Agency.

  • The thing is the backup options won’t be avalaible after the first day of the Free Agency.

  • watch the hypocrites compliment jimmy now lol. you got my support jim I’m no hypocrite i know running the lakers is no easy task and fans need to be patient

  • watch the hypocrites compliment jimmy now lol. you got my support jim I’m no hypocrite i know running the lakers is no easy task and fans need to be patient

  • I’ll believe the Lakers have turned the corner when the correct decision is made – cut Robert Sacre. It seems like such common sense and yet he is still here.

  • Clarkson Randle Russell= Future Champs we have to go for Durant even if we don’t get him

  • Clarkson Randle Russell= Future Champs we have to go for Durant even if we don’t get him

  • IKR another thing Clarkson has to do is be a little more in the limelight because its alot of great players in the league but alot of times what make them go unnoticed is the fact that they didnt have that media attention like 1st round picks, Clarkson mite not like it but it hurts him alittle because if Westbrook wanted to come to LA now you dont think the Lakers willing to give up Clarkson for Russell and more assets once they get established, Clarkson has to be more flashy with dunks, a lil more outspoken because it will cause him to keep getting over looked without marketing himself.

  • IKR another thing Clarkson has to do is be a little more in the limelight because its alot of great players in the league but alot of times what make them go unnoticed is the fact that they didnt have that media attention like 1st round picks, Clarkson mite not like it but it hurts him alittle because if Westbrook wanted to come to LA now you dont think the Lakers willing to give up Clarkson for Russell and more assets once they get established, Clarkson has to be more flashy and animated after he finishes with dunks, a lil more outspoken because it will cause him to keep getting over looked without marketing himself. Clarkson get kicked to the curb cause he let his game speak for him when it should be both and also getting more attention on youtube, insta etc

  • I’ve loved the play of Marcelo so far. Don’t know how long we can keep him, but with his passing he can turn a second unit of Lou Will and Swaggy into an absolute monster to try and guard.

  • I’ve loved the play of Marcelo so far. Don’t know how long we can keep him, but with his passing he can turn a second unit of Lou Will and Swaggy into an absolute monster to try and guard.

  • I understand the move. There will be a trade later anyway. Upshaw needs to spend time in d-league

  • I understand the move. There will be a trade later anyway. Upshaw needs to spend time in d-league

  • These are the worst possible quotes you could ever receive from the owner of your favorite team. They haven’t played one single game. What corner have they turned? D’Angelo has done nothing all of summer league and pre-season. The only two young pieces we can be excited about are Randle and Clarkson. A lot of “might be” with no sign of surity or confidence.

  • These are the worst possible quotes you could ever receive from the owner of your favorite team. They haven’t played one single game. What corner have they turned? D’Angelo has done nothing all of summer league and pre-season. The only two young pieces we can be excited about are Randle and Clarkson. A lot of “might be” with no sign of surety or confidence.

  • Have to keep Huerta’s minutes down. He’s not a young pup n huffing puffing quite a bit….

  • Have to keep Huerta’s minutes down. He’s not a young pup n huffing puffing quite a bit….

  • As much as I love Jeanie Buss and of course Magic was the reason why I became a Laker fan, both of them were the one’s who were constantly bashing Jim and the FO, making us fans perceive the Lakers are a mess. The Lakers were a mess because of those two constantly bashing the team. It’s a power struggle in the family. Jeanie wants the position, Magic and his gugenheim buddies wants to buy a huge chunk of the Lakers as well. It was Dr Buss’s wish to keep the majority of shares to the Buss kids. Jim has been very quiet just like his dad was during the drought (90’s). But these constant bullying him out of position is the reason why he has to defend himself from time to time.

  • As much as I love Jeanie Buss and of course Magic was the reason why I became a Laker fan, both of them were the one’s who were constantly bashing Jim and the FO, making us fans perceive the Lakers are a mess. The Lakers were a mess because of those two constantly bashing the team. It’s a power struggle in the family. Jeanie wants the position, Magic and his gugenheim buddies wants to buy a huge chunk of the Lakers as well. It was Dr Buss’s wish to keep the majority of shares to the Buss kids. Jim has been very quiet just like his dad was during the drought (90’s). But these constant bullying him out of position is the reason why he has to defend himself from time to time. As Laker fans, we get frustrated with our team during the down times, but Jeanie and Magic is using us fans as leaverage to bully Jim out of position. It’s politics. Much respect to Jim for giving himself a timeframe to make the team become contenders again. He has cajones. Other team owners won’t even think about pledging that. Jim truly want’s the Lakers to win.

  • Waiving Upshaw and keeping Sacre over Upshaw shows me that Jim Buss is still an idiot!

  • Waiving Upshaw and keeping Sacre over Upshaw shows me that Jim Buss is still an idiot!

  • Yes, Sacre over Upshaw was “STUPID”!
    Sacre has no upside whatsoever!

  • Yes, Sacre over Upshaw was “STUPID”!
    Sacre has no upside whatsoever!

  • My boy? Lol. What did I say about him except that he looks like an upgrade over Sacre?

  • My boy? Lol. What did I say about him except that he looks like an upgrade over Sacre?

  • Homes will go now with the dislocated shoulder, he is done, they may keep them and assign them to the DLEAGUE.

  • Homes will go now with the dislocated shoulder, he is done, they may keep them and assign them to the DLEAGUE.

  • What do you think, if HIBBERT gets hurt , do you think UPSHAW could play @ the center-not hardly he cant even get out of his own way, watch the games and see what he looked like not READY, AT LEAST SACRE has three yeas under his belt . Watch YOU TUBE.

  • What do you think, if HIBBERT gets hurt , do you think UPSHAW could play @ the center-not hardly he cant even get out of his own way, watch the games and see what he looked like not READY, AT LEAST SACRE has three yeas under his belt . Watch YOU TUBE.

  • Jim sound like he was Lit Up when he climb thru the ropes……Sacre over Upshaw…Strike One…..Anxious to see who’s Next.

  • Jim sound like he was Lit Up when he climb thru the ropes……Sacre over Upshaw…Strike One…..Anxious to see who’s Next.

  • Upshaw wasn’t ready to contribute this year….at all. He was a D-League project from day one.

  • Upshaw wasn’t ready to contribute this year….at all. He was a D-League project from day one.

    And no, that’s NOT a vote of confidence in Sacre.

  • If you start out life as an idiot, how do you reverse course? Answer: you don’t. Jim has the BB IQ of a leaf of warm lettuce.

  • If you start out life as an idiot, how do you reverse course? Answer: you don’t. Jim has the BB IQ of a leaf of warm lettuce.

  • Sweet! Is Lakersnation FINALLY moderating the forum or is it just me that comments are waiting to be approved by the site?

  • Sweet! Is Lakersnation FINALLY moderating the forum or is it just me that comments are waiting to be approved by the site?

  • Turning the corner as in rebuilding the right way. The same way when we lost Magic to retirement, we slowly rebuilt the team by draft picks. First we got Anthony Peeler and George Lynch, then Van Exel, then Eddie Jones. We surrounded them with veterans such as Divac, Campbell and Ceballos. We are rebuilding the right way instead of trading all of our draft picks for current All Stars. Instead of throwing all our cap space just for the sake of having a really good player on the team. That strategy obviously didn’t work because we didn’t have the foundation set to succeed for the Free Agents to choose us over other teams.

  • Turning the corner as in rebuilding the right way. The same way when we lost Magic to retirement, we slowly rebuilt the team by draft picks. First we got Anthony Peeler and George Lynch, then Van Exel, then Eddie Jones. We surrounded them with veterans such as Divac, Campbell and Ceballos. We are rebuilding the right way instead of trading all of our draft picks for current All Stars. Instead of throwing all our cap space just for the sake of having a really good player on the team. That strategy obviously didn’t work because we didn’t have the foundation set to succeed for the Free Agents to choose us over other teams.

  • Yeah, that’s not say Upshaw can’t be a good addition to the team but based on what I saw the other night, I think they made the right call (much as I hate being stuck with Sacre).

  • Yeah, that’s not say Upshaw can’t be a good addition to the team but based on what I saw the other night, I think they made the right call (much as I hate being stuck with Sacre).

  • Its Byron deciding who he wants his squad to be. He realized UPSHAW was still to raw.

  • Its Byron deciding who he wants his squad to be. He realized UPSHAW was still to raw.

  • that is total garbage! Lets look at Jim Buss qualifications! He was a horse trainer for his dad at Hollywood Park and almost never won. He was the President of the Los Angeles Lazers indoor soccer team and they could barely break .500 despite the biggest payroll. He hired his bartender as a scout. Need I say more? Look in the mirror before you blame jeanne or Magic.

  • that is total garbage! Lets look at Jim Buss qualifications! He was a horse trainer for his dad at Hollywood Park and almost never won. He was the President of the Los Angeles Lazers indoor soccer team and they could barely break .500 despite the biggest payroll. He hired his bartender as a scout. Need I say more? Look in the mirror before you blame jeanne or Magic.

  • I’m sure this season will be more entertaining than the last. 8 more days thooo

  • I’m sure this season will be more entertaining than the last. 8 more days thooo

  • 10 yrs. We won since then in 2010-2011 season. His dum a** doesn’t even know Laker history smh. Plus they waived Upshaw which is saying he thinks Sacre is a dynamite backup. We have a few bright spots luckily for the team but with Buss at the helm its going to be a rollercoaster. Hand the franchise to Magic make it honorable again

  • 10 yrs. We won since then in 2010-2011 season. His dum a** doesn’t even know Laker history smh. Plus they waived Upshaw which is saying he thinks Sacre is a dynamite backup. We have a few bright spots luckily for the team but with Buss at the helm its going to be a rollercoaster. Hand the franchise to Magic make it honorable again

  • stop jim buss saying Lakers Rebuild in corner it is not true LA Lakers Fans knows you are lie about rebulid

  • stop jim buss saying Lakers Rebuild in corner it is not true LA Lakers Fans knows that you are lie about rebulid

  • We haven’t turned the corner yet Jimmy…but things are looking up.

    “IF” the young guys develop like we all hope, Jim may be correct…But as we all know, things don’t always go as planned. (See Nash, Dwight etc.)…BUT…If they do play out like we all hope, and the talent and play of the Randle / Clarkson / Russell core entice a Durant-type talent to come to LA, Jim may come out smelling like roses.

    I pray that’s how this all goes down.

  • We haven’t turned the corner yet Jimmy…but things are looking up.

    “IF” the young guys develop like we all hope, Jim may be correct…But as we all know, things don’t always go as planned. (See Nash, Dwight etc.)…BUT…If they do play out like we all hope, and the talent and play of the Randle / Clarkson / Russell core entice a Durant-type talent to come to LA, Jim may come out smelling like roses.

    I pray that’s how this all goes down.

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