I read an article today about the lack of communication the Lakers management, (mainly Jim Buss) displayed during the whole coaching interview process. From not re-newing the contracts of over 20 Laker employees, not informing Kobe about who they were considering for the head coaching position, to not even letting Brian Shaw know that he did not get the Head Coaching job. As long as I loved the Lakers, they have displayed nothing but the highest class and respect to their players, coaches and staff. Dr. Buss has ran the Lakers something similar to how the Yankees are ran in baseball. I just feel as though now that it is enviable that Jim Buss will someday own the Lakers he will run this great franchise to the ground. Something similar to the way that the McCourts took the Dodgers and made them into a laughing stock. Look at the Clippers. How can a team operate in Los Angelos for this long and not enjoy success? A lion share of the blame could be laid at the feet of their owner Donald Sterling. It just seems to me that we will be witnessing the fall of the empire that we have grown to love.
Pretty soon the Lakers will be in the same position that the Yankees were in earlier this year when dealing with their star Derek Jeter. Kobe's contract will end in 2013 and he will be 35 on the downside of his career. How will Jim Buss control this decision? Everyone knows that he is in love with Andrew Bynum (who should be in his prime). I guess we are going to have to cross that bridge when it gets here. Its just that the journey to get there looks gloomy.