Lakers News: Magic Johnson Believes Jim Buss ‘Should Just Be The Owner’
Lakers News: Magic Johnson Believes Jim Buss ‘should Just Be The Owner’
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Magic Johnson has had no issue speaking about Los Angeles Lakers executive vice president of basketball operations, Jim Buss, in the past.

Johnson has been critical of Buss and whether he is capable of returning the Lakers back to glory and he decided to speak out again.

While he wasn’t completely critical of Buss, Johnson indicated that he believes Buss should just be the owner of the Lakers instead of being in charge of basketball operations according to Mike Bresnahan and Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times:

I’m going to say it again: I love Jim Buss. He should just be the owner, like his dad was just the owner,” Johnson said. “Let’s go back with facts, so I can back this up with facts: 27 wins a couple years ago, 21 wins last year. Three summers now, we haven’t signed anybody. I am backing this up with facts. We haven’t signed any superstar. We’ve had cap space. We had cap space last summer. We’re going to have more this summer.”

Johnson also added that Buss simply needs to play his role:

You’ve got to get somebody to help [Buss] out,” said Johnson, an unpaid Lakers vice president. “Just play your role. There’s nothing wrong with being a great owner.”

Jim Buss has been a primary target of fans and certain media members for the past couple of seasons now. While some of the criticism is probably unfair, he will always be subject to it as long as all basketball decisions go through him.

Jim’s father, Jerry, surrounded himself with great basketball minds such as Jerry West and allowed them to make the decisions, which is what Magic is calling for Jim to do here. That trust, and the championships that came from it, has led many to call Buss the greatest owner of all-time.

Jim has his self-imposed deadline to return the Lakers to championship contention, and the team seems far away from even challenging for a playoff spot, so the pressure is on.

(H/T: Dodger Blue)

Totally agree. I feel that is the role that Jennie will play once Jim’s time in basketball Ops is up. Lets face it were not going to land any top notch free agents this summer. The rookies are still to raw to know how good they can be. Although Clarkson looks to be solid and somewhat consistent. But him alone wont sell any of the top free agents to come. Jim and Mitch will once again have to scramble for free agent scraps to fill out the roster. The team will once again be mediocre and Jim will have to make good with his promise to give up the position.

  • FA is a fool’s gold. You rarely see more than 1 “top notch” player change teams and miss out on all the B-level players (who provide depth) while waiting for him to make up his mind.

    Plus, the Lakers have only signed one in their history – Shaq. The others have been aging vets at the end of their careers.

  • Hire Kobe as Consultant, LUke as next HC

    anyway I cant help but look back that lakers should of sign Melo(Pau said is willing to take a paycut if the lakers sign melo), if I remember lakers can sign 2 max players that time, should of just use the money and sign Melo in 2014 and LMA in 2015
    2016 lineup shouldve been:
    JC, fillers
    Kobe,swagP,fillers
    Melo,mwp,a-brown
    LMA,nance jr,fillers
    Vet-min),Pau,tarik

  • he’s offered to help many times but jim is an idiot, phil jackson also offered but got turned down

  • I disagree Magic would be terrible ; look at the negativity he said about D’Antoni and nothing about Scott. I assume he’s bias wearing blinders on for Scott when evaluating his performance. Magic should take his own advice also and be a business owner and don’t involve himself with basketball related decisions. He was also a terrible coach.

  • It has got to the point now where we shouldn’t even blame Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak for these problems any more. If Jeanie Buss is the person who runs the team and is over top of her brother then she deserve full responsibility for the mess that is happening right now. Not that Magic is wrong but Jeanie has the same power her father had and that is probably why her father left her with that power because he
    trust that if Jim screws up that Jeanie is more responsible. Jeanie Buss deserves criticism for allowing me this to happen for years.

  • Your comment definitely got overlooked i definitely agree 100℅, and they had the chance to trade for Melo back in 2011 but Jim Buss didnt want to give up Andrew Bynum do the research this man is and has been a huge problem but Jeanie Buss is as well because she has the power but she is allowing this to happen.

  • Very Observant…..Lakers History shows they get their Great Players by way of Draft or Trades…..Shaq is the only FA the Lakers really signed (Nash,Payton and Malone was at the end of their career)…

  • That’s true. I mean, look at the Dodgers, we can’t even get passed the first round. The FO is wasting Kershaw’s prime. Another year, another very good FA pitcher has slipped out of our hands (D Price). Now we might even lose Greinke to the Giants! SMH.

  • I remember that rumor back in 2011. I also remember his agent David Lee threatened his client Bynum won’t re-sign if he gets traded to a team he did not want.

  • At least they(Dodgers) are in Contention for a championship and have Good Players….The Lakers are Pathetic.

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