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Buss: 'He was never really a Laker,' anyway

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07:05 AM ET 08.15 | From ownership on down, the Lakers are a team in transition. [Jim Buss] concedes that Jeanie is not consulted on basketball decisions but denies he wields unilateral authority. He insists the Lakers are a democracy that includes GM Mitch Kupchak. ... Jim insists he's just following his father's blueprint, but the [Dwight Howard] situation suggests he missed a page. Instead of Jim spending time with Howard, the team launched a widely derided media campaign that implored "Stay" on billboards. After Howard bolted, Jim turned on his former star, saying he wasn't surprised or dismayed. "He was never really a Laker," says Jim. "He was just passing through." Those close to Howard say the Lakers could have persuaded him to stay.

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August 15, 2013  07:19 AM ET

You screwed up, move on!

August 15, 2013  07:43 AM ET

I accept this point of view. Howard never did seem to really be a Laker. You can tell wjen a player is happy and comfortable. It's kind of like Zach Randolph with my hapless Knicks. He played and did his job, but NY never seemed the right fit for him.

August 15, 2013  08:01 AM ET

You Suck, Bro.

August 15, 2013  08:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

You Suck, Bro.

Post of the day...

August 15, 2013  08:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

You Suck, Bro.

Simple, but succint.

August 15, 2013  08:29 AM ET

Wow! Jim Buss disagreeing w/ Jeanie Buss? That must be a first! At least dumbtonie and Dumb Jim agree 100% w/ what they feel about Dwight. Dumb management let their ego make their decisions...

Jim Buss sure messed up the Lakers...

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August 15, 2013  08:33 AM ET

Be as it may, I'm glad they at least posted a picture of Jeanie and not JimBoy...

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August 15, 2013  08:46 AM ET
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Good try Buss selling what is a major Laker franchise failure to sign Howard. Now, Jamison will be one of your better players.

Nice try. He's a free agent.

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August 15, 2013  08:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Wow! Jim Buss disagreeing w/ Jeanie Buss? That must be a first! At least dumbtonie and Dumb Jim agree 100% w/ what they feel about Dwight. Dumb management let their ego make their decisions...Jim Buss sure messed up the Lakers...

I'll be laughing when the Lakers have a better record than the Mavs & you're wearing a Lakers avatar.

August 15, 2013  08:52 AM ET
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Jim, here's a hint. These guys have massive egos and need them stroked almost every day!

You mean stroke the egos or something else?

August 15, 2013  08:53 AM ET
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I'll be laughing when the Lakers have a better record than the Mavs & you're wearing a Lakers avatar.

And so it starts but thanks for reminding me. Too bad that you won't be laughing. You'll be crying for 1 full year. You would look really good w/ a Cuban avatar for 1 full year...lol

August 15, 2013  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

You Suck, Bro.

LMAO!

August 15, 2013  08:55 AM ET
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And so it starts but thanks for reminding me. Too bad that you won't be laughing. You'll be crying for 1 full year. You would look really good w/ a Cuban avatar for 1 full year...lol

The bet is for a week. What are you talking about a year?

August 15, 2013  08:57 AM ET
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The bet is for a week. What are you talking about a year?

1 full year. Now I'm laughing because you have amnesia again. 1 full year. Go back and check it out...

August 15, 2013  08:59 AM ET

Guam making stuff up.

 
August 15, 2013  09:00 AM ET
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1 full year. Now I'm laughing because you have amnesia again. 1 full year. Go back and check it out...

Sure, what thread was it on?

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