Lakers Executive VP Jim Buss Responds To Magic Johnson’s Criticism
Lakers Executive Vp Jim Buss Responds To Magic Johnson’s Criticism
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Former Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson has been very critical of the way the team has been run over the past few years. Johnson has had no problem in voicing his opinion in a very public fashion about the team’s decline and has consistently pointed the finger at Lakers executive vice president of basketball operations, Jim Buss.

In a recent interview with Sam Amick of USA Today, Buss finally fired back at Magic for all the criticism he’s received:

“Magic Johnson going nuts on me?” Buss said with a laugh. “It’s like, ‘Really, dude? My dad made you a billionaire almost. Really? Where are you coming from?’ “

Clearly, Buss is tired of hearing Johnson say anything that crosses his mind in terms of the Lakers struggles in recent years. Buss has been the fall guy for the team missing the playoffs the past two seasons and the significant moves made that simply haven’t panned out since winning back-to-back NBA titles in 2009 and 2010.

USA Today reached out to Magic and informed the five-time NBA champion about Buss’ response. Johnson replied with a simple one-liner, via Amick:

“It’s all about winning, Jim,” Johnson said.

Although it seems Magic and Buss don’t see eye-to-eye and probably won’t until things turn around in Los Angeles, the team is finally starting to show some promise after missing the playoffs for two straight seasons. Many believe the Lakers will suffer a third straight year on the outside looking in on the postseason, but the roster does appear to be much improved with some promising young talent leading the way.

With Buss’ self-imposed deadline hanging over his head, the clock is ticking to right the ship. The Lakers may be able to make another blockbuster trade this season or the next to instantly get back into title contention, but if not, this situation may only get worse for Buss.

Despite anything Johnson should focus on lad failure. .

  • If Magic was leading the LAL instead of Jim Buss, we would be back into the WCF within two years. Jim Buss is a disgrace and the LAL aren’t going anywhere until he retires. LAL use to have the best ownership in BB and now it’s worse then the clippers…WTF!

    Buss’s sell the team to Magic, you guys are freaking idiots. Let real BB play run the LAL.

  • If Magic was leading the LAL instead of Jim Buss, we would be back into the WCF within two years. Jim Buss is a disgrace and the LAL aren’t going anywhere until he retires. LAL use to have the best ownership in BB and now it’s worse then the clippers…WTF!

    Buss’s sell the team to Magic, you guys are freaking idiots. Let real BB play run the LAL.

  • Mr Upshaw now must turn down, in next 24hrs – CAVS; Clippers; Suns, jeez . . the list keeps growing! Choose Lakers, Choose Lakers . . .

  • Mr Upshaw now must turn down, in next 24hrs – CAVS; Clippers; Suns, jeez . . the list keeps growing! Choose Lakers, Choose Lakers . . .

  • Magic is my favorite player of all time but he wouldn’t do crap as an owner. Look at Jordan…And with the Dodgers, he’s just the face they all put out there.

  • Magic is my favorite player of all time but he wouldn’t do crap as an owner. Look at Jordan…And with the Dodgers, he’s just the face they all put out there.

  • This tells you how far Jim’s head is up his rear end. First of Magic is the one who put the money is Jerry Buss pocket, not vice versa. Nobody ever paid a nickle to watch Jerry Buss play any sport. Number two Jim has no regrets over Kobes contract. LOL! It set the team back two years on the rebuild. In a situation where the GM is accountable a move like that would have gotten them fired. Jim is delusional.

  • This tells you how far Jim’s head is up his rear end. First of all, Magic is the one who put the money in Jerry Buss pocket, not vice versa. Nobody ever paid a nickle to watch Jerry Buss play any sport. Number two Jim has no regrets over Kobes contract. LOL! It set the team back two years on the rebuild. In a situation where the GM is accountable a move like that would have gotten them fired. Jim is delusional.

  • I love Magic to death but no. For all the criticisms that Jim (rightfully) deserves, he and Mitch have also made some really good decisions as well. Has it sucked to be a Laker fan the last few seasons? Well, yeah, for a variety of reasons too long to list.

    On the other hand, the turnaround from ’11 to this season has been relatively fast compared to some teams that go from championship to bust like we did. For that alone, Mitch and Jim deserves all the credit in the world.

    I will say, however, that Jim really needs to take a PR class and/or just let Jeanie be the public face of the FO. Because talking crap against a living legend that largely helped his father turn the Lakers into a worldwide phenomenon instead of taking the high road isn’t doing his profile much good. Basically, it’s obvious to anyone that’s not intentionally ignoring the progress we’ve made that the Lakers are heading towards a bright future so why not just let those actions be his “I told you so”?

  • I love Magic to death but no. For all the criticisms that Jim (rightfully) deserves, he and Mitch have also made some really good decisions as well. Has it sucked to be a Laker fan the last few seasons? Well, yeah, for a variety of reasons too long to list.

    On the other hand, the turnaround from ’11 to this season has been relatively fast compared to some teams that go from championship to bust like we did. For that alone, Mitch and Jim deserves all the credit in the world.

    I will say, however, that Jim really needs to take a PR class and/or just let Jeanie be the public face of the FO. Because talking crap against a living legend that largely helped his father turn the Lakers into a worldwide phenomenon instead of taking the high road isn’t doing his profile much good. Basically, it’s obvious to anyone that’s not intentionally ignoring the progress we’ve made that the Lakers are heading towards a bright future so why not just let those actions be his “I told you so”?

  • Magic needs to just STFU. Him and Jeanie needs to either support the rebuild, or move on to support another team. Dr Buss chose Jim to run the Lakers basketball operations, Jeanie needs to accept that. I didn’t hear Jeanie or Magic bash Dr Buss and Jerry West during our 10 year drought in the 90’s. Did Jeanie give her dad, Dr Buss a timeframe to contend again?? No, I don’t think so. Magic clearly has an agenda. If it’s all about winning for him, then he should’ve voiced displeasurement during our losing seasons in the 90’s. It’s not about winning, Magic. You sound like you just hate Jim.

  • Magic needs to just STFU. Him and Jeanie needs to either support the rebuild, or move on to support another team. Dr Buss chose Jim to run the Lakers basketball operations, Jeanie needs to accept that. I didn’t hear Jeanie or Magic bash Dr Buss and Jerry West during our 10 year drought in the 90’s. Did Jeanie give her dad, Dr Buss a timeframe to contend again?? No, I don’t think so. Magic clearly has an agenda. If it’s all about winning for him, then he should’ve voiced displeasurement during our losing seasons in the 90’s. It’s not about winning, Magic. You sound like you just hate Jim.

  • I support my Lakers but I’m with magic on this one. Jim buss shouldn’t respond to criticism, and if so not in an idiotic manner. Magic Johnson made himself rich because of his talent. I hope for Jim’s sake that the Lakers turn this around soon because if not he will look like the idiot he is

  • I support my Lakers but I’m with magic on this one. Jim buss shouldn’t respond to criticism, and if so not in an idiotic manner. Magic Johnson made himself rich because of his talent. I hope for Jim’s sake that the Lakers turn this around soon because if not he will look like the idiot he is

  • Magic and the FO couldn’t even get the Dodgers passed the first round with all the talent they have. How much money have the spent on that roster?

  • Magic and the FO couldn’t even get the Dodgers passed the first round with all the talent they have. How much money have the spent on that roster?

  • As much as I dislike many of Jim Buss’ decisions, I say let the man work. He is on a clock. Jeannie has made it clear Jim will get the boot if the Lakers still under perform by 2017.

  • As much as I dislike many of Jim Buss’ decisions, I say let the man work. He is on a clock. Jeannie has made it clear Jim will get the boot if the Lakers still under perform by 2017.

  • Magic wasn’t made a billionaire by Dr. Buss. If Jerry Buss did not want Magic, he would have made his money elsewhere. Dude’s one of the best bastketball players of all time so another team would give him his money. He earned every dollar he made.

    On the contrary, Jerry Buss made Jim Buss a multi-billionaire. If he was not the son of Jerry Buss, he wouldn’t even be relevant in basketball.

    That’s the truth.

  • Magic wasn’t made a billionaire by Dr. Buss. If Jerry Buss did not want Magic, he would have made his money elsewhere. Dude’s one of the best bastketball players of all time so another team would give him his money. He earned every dollar he made.

    On the contrary, Jerry Buss made Jim Buss a multi-billionaire. If he was not the son of Jerry Buss, he wouldn’t even be relevant in basketball.

    That’s the truth.

  • Magic Can get Players to come to the Lakers if he was here…..Magic knows the Pulse of players in the NBA.He was trying to recruit players but not being in the day to day operations restricts him.

  • Magic Can get Players to come to the Lakers if he was here…..Magic knows the Pulse of players in the NBA.He was trying to recruit players but not being in the day to day operations restricts him.

  • I stopped reading when you brought in Kobes contract as a reason for our struggles.

    You lost credibility.

  • I stopped reading when you brought in Kobes contract as a reason for our struggles.

    You lost credibility.

  • Love Magic, buts lets not forget he has his shot to lead the Lakers to success, he was a coach, and unfortunately it didn’t turn out well.

  • Love Magic, buts lets not forget he has his shot to lead the Lakers to success, he was a coach, and unfortunately it didn’t turn out well.

  • You are right Magic, it’s all about winning. How’s your Dodgers by the way?

  • You are right Magic, it’s all about winning. How’s your Dodgers by the way?

  • Buss is an idiot. Disgrace. Joke to the game. Of course he’s the fall guy. Are you trying to blame Kobe again? The truth is Buss is the reason. When Kobe retires cant blame anyone else

  • Buss is an idiot. Disgrace. Joke to the game. Of course he’s the fall guy. Are you trying to blame Kobe again? The truth is Buss is the reason. When Kobe retires cant blame anyone else

  • Contention to what exactly? It’s been years since they’ve been in a position to contend but has the results changed? I think you do agree that Laker fans are different from Dodger fans because they are not patient. Magic should stick to being the mascot I mean the co-owner of the Dodgers.

  • Contention to what exactly? It’s been years since they’ve been in a position to contend but has the results changed? I think you do agree that Laker fans are different from Dodger fans because they are not patient. Magic should stick to being the mascot I mean the co-owner of the Dodgers. With all that money they’re spending on the roster to become *ehem* regular season champions, sounds like the Clippers. =/ I’m a Dodger fan btw.

  • I still think Magic is the greatest Laker ever, but he seemed completely oblivious to the fact that the Lakers were tanking for assets.

  • I still think Magic is the greatest Laker ever, but he seemed completely oblivious to the fact that the Lakers were tanking for assets.

  • Kobe put a lot more money in Jerry Buss’ pocket than Magic ever did…and continues to put money in JIm Buss’ pocket, hence, the contract.

  • Kobe put a lot more money in Jerry Buss’ pocket than Magic ever did…and continues to put money in JIm Buss’ pocket, hence, the contract.

  • Magic was a great bb player, but damn dude….you act like you are a master GM/Owner/Coach. How did your coaching stint with the lakers go? How are the Dodgers doing? MJ was the greatest player ever and can’t run Charlotte…love you magic but shut up.

    Jim and Mitch are not as good as The Jerrys, but who is?

    D12
    Cp3
    Nash
    Randle
    Russell
    Clarkson

    All talent that Jim and Mitch accumulated, even if they didn’t all pan out. They have made coaching hire mistakes and should have paid Kobe less, but we are on the upswing Magic….let the fellas work.

  • Magic was a great bb player, but damn dude….you act like you are a master GM/Owner/Coach. How did your coaching stint with the lakers go? How are the Dodgers doing? MJ was the greatest player ever and can’t run Charlotte…love you magic but shut up.

    Jim and Mitch are not as good as The Jerrys, but who is?

    D12
    Cp3
    Nash
    Randle
    Russell
    Clarkson

    All talent that Jim and Mitch accumulated, even if they didn’t all pan out. They have made coaching hire mistakes and should have paid Kobe less, but we are on the upswing Magic….let the fellas work.

  • cp3? didnt happen, dwight wasnt too found of them.. Nash?? he was a senior citizen that they traded our draft picks for! and you can thank the scouts for the picks which 2 of them havnt even proved anything yet. Jim buss is horrible stop defending him.

  • cp3? didnt happen, dwight wasnt too found of them.. Nash?? he was a senior citizen that they traded our draft picks for! and you can thank the scouts for the picks which 2 of them havnt even proved anything yet. Jim buss is horrible stop defending him.

  • better than 21/61 and I believe this is Magic’s only 2nd yr. at the helm with the Dodgers, what has Jim Buss done in 2 yrs ??????

  • better than 21/61 and I believe this is Magic’s only 2nd yr. at the helm with the Dodgers, what has Jim Buss done in 2 yrs ??????

  • Magic has earned the right to say anything he wants. Here is a question for ya, if you could trade having Magic as owner for Jim Buss as owner who would you pick?

  • Magic has earned the right to say anything he wants. Here is a question for ya, if you could trade having Magic as owner for Jim Buss as owner who would you pick?

  • He made us a future big three that’s what he did clarkson randle russle = future

  • He made us a future big three that’s what he did clarkson randle russle = future

  • Magic is wrong on his comments but Buss needs to wake up. His father did not make Magic a “billionaire almost”. He paid his salary like every other owner. Magic did that with God’s help. Because whether he played for the Lakers or anyone else, they would have been champions and he would still be Magic! THE GOAT!

  • Magic is wrong on his comments but Buss needs to wake up. His father did not make Magic a “billionaire almost”. He paid his salary like every other owner. Magic did that with God’s help. Because whether he played for the Lakers or anyone else, they would have been champions and he would still be Magic! THE GOAT!

  • If they didn’t veto cp3 trad d12stays happy kobe does not Olay 40 mins and get hurt y blame Jim when it’s clear the nba wants lower market team to get more popular so everyone can make more cash .

  • If they didn’t veto cp3 trad d12stays happy kobe does not Olay 40 mins and get hurt y blame Jim when it’s clear the nba wants lower market team to get more popular so everyone can make more cash .

  • Magic and it’s not even close.

    I’d put Jim and Jeanie in the category of worst owners in the NBA. So whomever was the new owner would likely be much better. But I also think Magic would be a fantastic owner and draw a lot of FO talent back to the lakers. With Nash choosing not to be apart of the LAL as a consultant was just another in a long line of talented ppl leaving. And I put that squaring on Jim and Jeanie.

    Bring the Magic back!

  • Magic and it’s not even close.

    I’d put Jim and Jeanie in the category of worst owners in the NBA. So whomever was the new owner would likely be much better. But I also think Magic would be a fantastic owner and draw a lot of FO talent back to the lakers. With Nash choosing not to be apart of the LAL as a consultant was just another in a long line of talented ppl leaving. And I put that squaring on Jim and Jeanie.

    Bring the Magic back!

  • Under Jim’s “leadership” the LAL have gone from perennial WCF team to bottom of the league with no end in sight. I don’t know about you but I consider that horrible management.

  • Under Jim’s “leadership” the LAL have gone from perennial WCF team to bottom of the league with no end in sight. I don’t know about you but I consider that horrible management.

  • What if one of them has a major injury? Or decides to take their game to another organization a la Pau, Dwight? What happens to the future?

    Let’s be honest the only reason you point to the future is caz the LAL suck so bad in the present. I, as a LAL fan, am tired of the losing but would be willing to accept it if they were putting together a nice young core and I believed in the FO. Ryan West seems to be the one picking the late first/second round talent and he’s done an amazing job, but FA has been a big fail. I find the roster unbalanced, and the LAL will struggle a lot this year because of it. In short the FO overall sucks and lacks talent and that is Jim’s fault. It’s not surprising that Nash took his talents to GS and spurred the LAL.

  • What if one of them has a major injury? Or decides to take their game to another organization a la Pau, Dwight? What happens to the future?

    Let’s be honest the only reason you point to the future is caz the LAL suck so bad in the present. I, as a LAL fan, am tired of the losing but would be willing to accept it if they were putting together a nice young core and I believed in the FO. Ryan West seems to be the one picking the late first/second round talent and he’s done an amazing job, but FA has been a big fail. I find the roster unbalanced, and the LAL will struggle a lot this year because of it. In short the FO overall sucks and lacks talent and that is Jim’s fault. It’s not surprising that Nash took his talents to GS and spurred the LAL.

  • You haven’t been following the news about the clock lately then. Jim is saying that he has until 2018 now, and I’m sure that will change as we get closer to the end of his clock.

    If he can’t succeed he’s just going to redefine what success is (like have a young core of 8 or make the playoffs 1 year) and Jeanie doesn’t look capable of taking charge.

  • You haven’t been following the news about the clock lately then. Jim is saying that he has until 2018 now, and I’m sure that will change as we get closer to the end of his clock.

    If he can’t succeed he’s just going to redefine what success is (like have a young core of 8 or make the playoffs 1 year) and Jeanie doesn’t look capable of taking charge.

  • A big difference between now and the 90s was the 90s team got old and father time/Magic’s retirement pushed them out of the contention. They missed the playoffs ONE year in the 90s (93-94) before returning with a young core that had ppl excited.

    Kobe is still on the team and they have failed to put together a competitive roster during the final years of his prime. And not only is the roster not competitive but it seems to be getting worse every year. They look to have finally bottomed out but that’s not the same as rebuilding.

    So don’t speak of a 10 year drought in the 90s and make it seem the same as today. They were in the playoffs 9 of 10 years and that is how you rebuild.

  • A big difference between now and the 90s was the 90s team got old and father time/Magic’s retirement pushed them out of the contention. They missed the playoffs ONE year in the 90s (93-94) before returning with a young core that had ppl excited.

    Kobe is still on the team and they have failed to put together a competitive roster during the final years of his prime. And not only is the roster not competitive but it seems to be getting worse every year. They look to have finally bottomed out but that’s not the same as rebuilding.

    So don’t speak of a 10 year drought in the 90s and make it seem the same as today. They were in the playoffs 9 of 10 years and that is how you rebuild.

  • Magic was probably the biggest reason for the success of the showtime Lakers.
    So I think Jim Buss needs to know Magic played as big a part in making himself and Jerry millions as Jerry Buss’s money did.

    And what Magic has been able to do as a businessman after basketball has contributed to his business success as well. Sure his dad helped by surrounding Magic with great support during and after his basketball career.

    But great players like Magic and others make owners tons of money too.

    Yes there have been some bonehead decisions made and the team has not been able to stay healthy for several years. Let’s hope those suffering years have led to this year’s huge successful outcome.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • Magic was probably the biggest reason for the success of the showtime Lakers.
    So I think Jim Buss needs to know Magic played as big a part in making himself and Jerry millions as Jerry Buss’s money did.

    And what Magic has been able to do as a businessman after basketball has contributed to his business success as well. Sure his dad helped by surrounding Magic with great support during and after his basketball career.

    But great players like Magic and others make owners tons of money too. Win/Win

    Yes there have been some bonehead decisions made and the team has not been able to stay healthy for several years. Let’s hope those suffering years have led to this year’s huge successful outcome.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • You guys employed Byron Scott as HC. Such a move alone in itself shows Magic is absolutely right! BS has proven to be a failure. I bet that the Lakers will never see playoffs as long as he’s HC. If you want him to coach, you gotta Get him a Chris Paul or Kidd type of PG. He can’t make any plays whatsoever without a dominant PG making him look good. Russell is not there yet. Huertas not at that level. DO SOMETHING!!!

  • You guys employed Byron Scott as HC. Such a move alone in itself shows Magic is absolutely right! BS has proven to be a failure. I bet that the Lakers will never see playoffs as long as he’s HC. If you want him to coach, you gotta Get him a Chris Paul or Kidd type of PG. He can’t make any plays whatsoever without a dominant PG making him look good. Russell is not there yet. Huertas not at that level. DO SOMETHING!!!

  • He coached 16 games total. Realized he wasn’t the man for the job and moved on. He never put himself and his ego before the organization.

    As an owner I would expect he would either play a major role if he was doing a good job or find someone else if he wasn’t. At least that’s what his track record indicates.

  • He coached 16 games total. Realized he wasn’t the man for the job and moved on. He never put himself and his ego before the organization.

    As an owner I would expect he would either play a major role if he was doing a good job or find someone else if he wasn’t. At least that’s what his track record indicates.

  • I am hoping they hold on to BS until Brett Brown’s contract expires in Philly. I think he would be perfect for us.

  • I am hoping they hold on to BS until Brett Brown’s contract expires in Philly. I think he would be perfect for us.

  • I love Magic, but he should worry about the Dodgers first and foremost. They just got bounced from the playoffs. Fix your house before knocking the one you helped build.

  • I love Magic, but he should worry about the Dodgers first and foremost. They just got bounced from the playoffs. Fix your house before knocking the one you helped build.

  • Oh yeah …. Magic is a good bro. You can’t expect him to break his old friend’s heart. But, we know BS is a failure. Let me ask you then, What have BS done so far that impresses you?

  • Oh yeah …. Magic is a good bro. You can’t expect him to break his old friend’s heart. But, we know BS is a failure. Let me ask you then, What have BS done so far that impresses you?

  • I think Jim doing his best people are just over critical of him when things don’t go well. When things go well no credit for him but like it or not he is the boss of the lakers its up to him if it does well or not. His dad wanted this way regardless if he is running it well or not thats part of his struggles. I think Magic should stay out of it because its not his business or his business anymore of the team.

  • I think Jim doing his best people are just over critical of him when things don’t go well. When things go well no credit for him but like it or not he is the boss of the lakers its up to him if it does well or not. His dad wanted this way regardless if he is running it well or not thats part of his struggles. I think Magic should stay out of it because its not his business or his business anymore of the team.

  • Bullshit.. He couldn’t coach they tuned him out.. They didn’t want to hear how he used to play.. They wanted to be led..His ego can’t except the fact that Dr. Buss chose his children to run the team…. So he bash Jim..Dr. Buss didn’t want a ego maniac like Magic or Phil to run the Lakers because his kids would be overshadowed.
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  • Bullshit.. He couldn’t coach they tuned him out.. They didn’t want to hear how he used to play.. They wanted to be led..His ego can’t except the fact that Dr. Buss chose his children to run the team…. So he bash Jim..Dr. Buss didn’t want an ego maniac like Magic or Phil to run the Lakers because his kids would be overshadowed.
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  • Buss had Money before Magic,after all he bought the Lakers, now Magic helped him make a lot more, but if Magic hadn’t come to the Lakers, Buss would have still been a very rich man.

  • Buss had Money before Magic,after all he bought the Lakers, now Magic helped him make a lot more, but if Magic hadn’t come to the Lakers, Buss would have still been a very rich man.

  • Jeanie should take more heat for her role,just because she is a woman people let her off the hook, but if anyone is to take heat for Kobe getting that contract,it’s Jeanie…. BTW,I think Kobe should have gotten paid…. With out his contribution the Lakers wouldn’t have gotten that major money from time Warner… But it’s not all on Jim.

  • Jeanie should take more heat for her role,just because she is a woman people let her off the hook, but if anyone is to take heat for Kobe getting that contract,it’s Jeanie…. BTW,I think Kobe should have gotten paid…. With out his contribution the Lakers wouldn’t have gotten that major money from time Warner… But it’s not all on Jim.

  • Preaching to the Choir…. Some people are just blind….Just like when they offered Phil the Job and he wanted them to wait and let him think about it…He really didn’t want to coach but alot of dumb fans says they passed Phil up….Bull Shit….He tried to get Dr Buss to only let him coach home games and Rambis coach on the Road…. And you know he really didn’t want to coach when he went to the Knicks and wouldn’t coach. ..But fans believe anything

  • Preaching to the Choir…. Some people are just blind….Just like when they offered Phil the Job and he wanted them to wait and let him think about it…He really didn’t want to coach but alot of dumb fans says they passed Phil up….Bull Shit….He tried to get Dr Buss to only let him coach home games and Rambis coach on the Road…. And you know he really didn’t want to coach when he went to the Knicks and wouldn’t coach. ..But fans believe anything

  • Alot of well to do people received a start from mom or Dad…Ask Donald Trump… He got it from dad…So Jim shouldn’t get penalties because of how he got in the business… Magic is nad that Dr. Buss didn’t hand off to him.

  • Alot of well to do people received a start from mom or Dad…Ask Donald Trump… He got it from dad…So Jim shouldn’t get penalties because of how he got in the business… Magic is nad that Dr. Buss didn’t hand off to him.

  • Yeah but the Lakers have won on Jim’s watch….How about the Dodgers…. 1988…So maybe Magic should show them how to win.

  • Yeah but the Lakers have won on Jim’s watch….How about the Dodgers…. 1988…So maybe Magic should show them how to win.

  • We can talk about Trump another time. Jim Buss has been a failure at everything he has ever tried. He could never get a job like this with his resume in the NBA. The LA Lakers are a multi-Billion dollar enterprise that the Buss family runs like a family Pizzeria. Every Buss kid or cousin is a manager of this or the VP of that. Nepotism is despised everywhere because it proves an organization values blood over excellence.

  • We can talk about Trump another time. Jim Buss has been a failure at everything he has ever tried. He could never get a job like this with his resume in the NBA. The LA Lakers are a multi-Billion dollar enterprise that the Buss family runs like a family Pizzeria. Every Buss kid or cousin is a manager of this or the VP of that. Nepotism is despised everywhere because it proves an organization values blood over excellence.

  • Preach. They’ve made the same mistakes three straight years and the FO have not made the adjustments the rest of the MLB has done

  • Preach. They’ve made the same mistakes three straight years and the FO have not made the adjustments the rest of the MLB has done

  • But here’s the problem, his words and actions are not congruent to that. Right now Magic is doing everything to undermine the potential success of the Lakers with these articles and talking on ESPN. During the whole FA conversation who has done more to get possible free agents to not really think about the LA Lakers, Magic. Because as soon as a conversation starts, there is Magic being a wet blanket ensuring that the deal falls through with a comment on ESPN with ‘loving’ Lakers bashing. The NBA is political league as much as any sports league in America and this back and forth is a testament to that.

  • But here’s the problem, his words and actions are not congruent to that. Right now Magic is doing everything to undermine the potential success of the Lakers with these articles and talking on ESPN. During the whole FA conversation who has done more to get possible free agents to not really think about the LA Lakers, Magic. Because as soon as a conversation starts, there is Magic being a wet blanket ensuring that the deal falls through with a comment on ESPN with ‘loving’ Lakers bashing. The NBA is political league as much as any sports league in America and this back and forth is a testament to that.

  • But who was the loudest voice advocating for that move to have Byron as head coach? …Earvin Magic Johnson!

  • But who was the loudest voice advocating for that move to have Byron as head coach? …Earvin Magic Johnson!

  • I’m not penalizing him at all. I’m just countering his statement that Magic was made a billionaire by his dad. No, Magic would have made money elsewhere. It was him made a billionaire by his dad.

  • I’m not penalizing him at all. I’m just countering his statement that Magic was made a billionaire by his dad. No, Magic would have made money elsewhere. It was him made a billionaire by his dad.

  • Magic may be the cheerleader but the decision makers have the call. You get that?

  • Magic may be the cheerleader but the decision makers have the call. You get that?

  • So your saying that the LAL fired Magic Johnson after only 16 games, basically threw him away like an old shoe without any loyalty or respect to a man who brought them championships and put them on the map in the NBA. And he had no say in it. BULLSHIT, not after 16 games. Look how long they hung with BS as HC and he sucks.

  • So your saying that the LAL fired Magic Johnson after only 16 games, basically threw him away like an old shoe without any loyalty or respect to a man who brought them championships and put them on the map in the NBA. And he had no say in it. BULLSHIT, not after 16 games. Look how long they hung with BS as HC and he sucks.

  • I’m saying he wasn’t doing a good job coaching and he didn’t connect with those players…. If he were doing a good job it would have lasted more than 16 games or whatever.. He was Saviour Magic…Bottom line he wasn’t doing a good job…That’s what I’m saying.

  • I’m saying he wasn’t doing a good job coaching and he didn’t connect with those players…. If he were doing a good job it would have lasted more than 16 games or whatever.. He was Saviour Magic…Bottom line he wasn’t doing a good job…Just like he isn’t doing a good job with the Dodgers.. Oh! Maybe he is just a face.. Because the fans can’t even see their games… So what I’m saying is …If you aren’t doing a good job …You shouldn’t comment on the job somebody else is doing…I don’t care if your name is Magic

  • What happens in the future??? Hummm let me see???? We don’t know but they seem to be moving in the right direction.It was time to move on from Pau too much crying didn’t play hard always nicked up with little injuries and 19mil a year.Dwight was afraid of the responsibility of being the man in L.A.. He isn’t the man in Houston…. So every team eventually rebuild….if its going to be too long….There are other teams…to cheer for…like the Clippers….. Maybe that is a good team for you?

  • What happens in the future??? Hummm let me see???? We don’t know but they seem to be moving in the right direction.It was time to move on from Pau too much crying didn’t play hard always nicked up with little injuries and 19mil a year.Dwight was afraid of the responsibility of being the man in L.A.. He isn’t the man in Houston…. So every team eventually rebuild….if its going to be too long….There are other teams…to cheer for…like the Clippers….. Maybe that is a good team for you?

  • But Dr. Buss taught him how to be a business man and how to build a successful business.

  • But Dr. Buss taught him how to be a business man and how to build a successful business.

  • Magic can’t handle the fact that he wasn’t chosen by Dr. Buss to run the Lakers, Now would you by pass your Son and Daughter for someone else especially after you groomed them…? No and most others would leave business their to children. So people need to chill….. Magic is just Bitter.

  • Magic can’t handle the fact that he wasn’t chosen by Dr. Buss to run the Lakers, Now would you by pass your Son and Daughter for someone else especially after you groomed them…? No and most others would leave business their to children. So people need to chill….. Magic is just Bitter.

  • So going from a 27 win team which was the worst record for the LAL in 50 years to a 21 win team which was THE WORST winning percent in LAL history is going in the right direction???

    Definitely had to move on from Pau, no way he ever goes to the All-star team again…Doh
    Had to move on from Dwight, never going to be an all-nba defensive team player…Doh
    Traded away alot of draft picks, not like they will ever be very high since we will be contenders….Doh

    And what did we get in return form those two? NOTHING.

    Yeah, great job Buss. He gets no credit for transforming a WCF team into the worst LAL team in history.

  • So going from a 27 win team which was the worst record for the LAL in 50 years to a 21 win team which was THE WORST winning percent in LAL history is going in the right direction???

    Definitely had to move on from Pau, no way he ever goes to the All-star team again…Doh
    Had to move on from Dwight, never going to be an all-nba defensive team player…Doh
    Traded away alot of draft picks, not like they will ever be very high since we will be contenders….Doh

    And what did we get in return form those two? NOTHING.

    Yeah, great job Buss. He gets no credit for transforming a WCF team into the worst LAL team in history.

  • Fyi for the first time in team history the Dodgers their division for there years consecutively. I don’t want to argue but the Dodgers have been pretty good lately. If the Lakers won their division three years in a row I’d be pretty happy.Hopefully the Lakers get there soon.

  • Fyi for the first time in team history the Dodgers their division for there years consecutively. I don’t want to argue but the Dodgers have been pretty good lately. If the Lakers won their division three years in a row I’d be pretty happy.Hopefully the Lakers get there soon.

  • Can’t have it both ways here because for some who criticizes Jim Buss for the decisions to hire BS as coach for the very reasons Magic wanted but criticizes when we’re losing games as one of the very people pointed at as to the reasons the Lakers are losing.

  • Can’t have it both ways here because for some who criticizes Jim Buss for the decisions to hire BS as coach for the very reasons Magic wanted but criticizes when we’re losing games as one of the very people pointed at as to the reasons the Lakers are losing.

  • If you failed to notice, I am bashing Byron Scott. That’s the FO’s biggest mistake in my view. BYRON FAIL SCOTT

  • If you failed to notice, I am bashing Byron Scott. That’s the FO’s biggest mistake in my view. BYRON FAIL SCOTT

  • Right, Dodgers FO has made the same blooper decisions with the team so I don’t know why Magic can be so hypocritical. Mattingly is still with the team and with his dumb decisions, I don’t know why he’s not working at McDonald’s yet. The team hasn’t been the same since they let go some of our super subs. They’re trying to be like the Yankees, but the Yankees team had hitters and not just home run hitters. They have a team that had players that can get on base. Great team chemistry as well. Dodgers are wasting Kershaw’s prime and now we might even lose my favorite pitcher Greinke. SMH

  • Right, Dodgers FO has made the same blooper decisions with the team so I don’t know why Magic can be so hypocritical. Mattingly is still with the team and with his dumb decisions, I don’t know why he’s not working at McDonald’s yet. The team hasn’t been the same since they let go some of our super subs. They’re trying to be like the Yankees, but the Yankees team had hitters and not just home run hitters. They had a team that had players that can get on base. Great team chemistry as well. Dodgers are wasting Kershaw’s prime and now we might even lose my favorite pitcher Greinke. SMH

  • The 90’s era was different from this era. The salary cap was way more generous. Scouting players is harder in today’s generation.

  • The 90’s era was different from this era. The salary cap was way more generous. Scouting players is harder in today’s generation.

  • The SAS tanked with David Robinson on the team in order to land Duncan in the draft.

  • The SAS tanked with David Robinson on the team in order to land Duncan in the draft.

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