Fire Jim Buss!
Lakers fans have been calling for it for years now, and by the looks of it, they may just get their wish should the following of a tumultuous 2013-14 Lakers season be succeeded by many more in the coming years with no clear improvements along the way.
According to Mike Bresnahan from the L.A. Times, Jim Buss gathered with Jeanie and the rest of the Buss family earlier this year to discuss the Lakers’ current dire situation.
And, during the meeting, Jim stepped up and pretty much put his job on the line.
“I was laying myself on the line by saying, if this doesn’t work in three to four years, if we’re not back on the top — and the definition of top means contending for the Western Conference, contending for a championship — then I will step down because that means I have failed,” Buss said, according to Bresnahan. “I don’t know if you can fire yourself if you own the team … but what I would say is I’d walk away and you guys figure out who’s going to run basketball operations because I obviously couldn’t do the job.”
At some point, you have to see the humility of the guy. Jim Buss wasn’t just empowered to run the show overnight: He’s had to learn, adapt and learn some more in order to gain the sufficient experience to run a team. One can only grow and evolve into being something better than you already are by going through experiences you endure and then learn from. Situations like the one the Lakers currently find themselves in are what make or break a great owner and leader.
Jim was entrusted into this position by Dr. Jerry Buss himself. Do you really think that Jerry, being the mastermind that he was both in this league and life as a whole, was just going to devote this position of immense power to his son merely for the fact of him being one of his offspring? No. Jerry understood the weight this position held and the crucial decision he had to make to properly shift the power at hand to someone capable. If Jerry believed in Jim, we should too.
However, should the occasion arise and Jim decides this is not for him, then so it shall be.
Jim Buss may not be the most media-centric guy out there, and I do agree things like this should be at least on the agenda as the President of Basketball Operations, but knowing the media nowadays, giving interviews isn’t always the smartest thing to do. The media is so centered on garnering quotes and comments from people in high positions that they often twist and turn those words into something they’re not.
Should Jim Buss be faced with the choice of stepping down as President of Basketball Operations, I sincerely hope the fans don’t regret the things they’ve said up to this point. As much as many of you think Jeanie is the one for the job, how can you be so sure? She’s always had her plate full with being the team governor while also overseeing the team’s Business Operations, so why should she take up another important position and amount even more stress upon herself during the process?
Jim’s walked the majority of this road with his father, so let’s allow him to take it upon himself to lead this team back into more familiar territories.