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Sunday, May 29th, 2011 at 12:14 pm  |  27 responses

Jim Buss Says He Should’ve Spoken to Kobe Before Hiring Coach

The L.A. Times got a sit-down with Lakers exec Jim Buss, who admitted he probably should’ve contacted Kobe Bryant before hiring the man who’s going to be his head coach next season: “By the looks of it, fixing the Lakers will be much easier, but a mistake has already been made. ‘Looking back on it, we should have contacted Kobe,’ Buss says. ‘Kobe said it was management’s job to pick a coach. He just said, ‘Defense first.’ That’s what we were doing, but we should have reached out to him.’ How will Kobe take to Brown? ‘The way Mike impressed the three of us, I would think Kobe would be impressed as well,’ he says. ‘Mike is a workaholic and Kobe is the workaholic.’ If Brown couldn’t control LeBron James on offense, how is he going to do so with Kobe? ‘I’ve seen Kobe go off the place a few times, but I’m sure the coach will know how to handle it,’ Buss says. ‘My dad loves Kobe and so do I; we think he has a lot left. And I know Mike has some ideas on how to elongate Kobe’s career.’

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  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    I’d rather know what Jeanie Buss says, but that’s me.

  • lexluther757

    The word “DUH” comes to mind

  • Da Holy Karron

    Oh well it happened next…

  • cball

    looks like someone had an epiphany

  • ripslam

    No sh*t?

  • http://slamonline.com Easy Bee

    Maybe he should’ve, but he shouldn’t say it.

  • MUBWAR

    he shouldn’t say it. Kobe started his downfall last year and not even the Buss family care.

  • Heals

    Nepotism at it’s best…

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com airs

    is it only me that’s extremely annoyed by the way mike brown talks? yeah? only me? okay.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Airs, Probably everybody except his dentist..

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    NO SH*T SHERLOCK

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    Hopefully him admitting that is a positive step. Another positive would be keepin Shaw instead of that Detroit clown

  • alpahbetaherculis

    Only call Kobe wants to take are the ones that involve young white girls from the Colorado area. Besides that leave a voicemail.

  • SikhWitIt

    If I’m Brian Shaw, no way in hell I’m staying to be an assistant under Mike Brown. Plus, with all the key player having supported Shaw, I think it would undercut Brown’s legitimacy. Someone please get B-Shaw a head coaching job!

  • http://Slamonline.com Datkid

    Isn’t b-shaw about to coach the warriors or something?

  • hoodsnake

    My smart money is on Bynum , not Kobe to punch Mike Brown in the face first. But that’s just me.

  • kurt

    Ya think!!!!!HMM good job piss of the franchise player leave him outa the loop,since he was backing Shaw.

  • doyouwantmore

    Kobe feels like he’s being abused every year that he doesn’t have four all-stars around him and a guarantee trip to the finals. Waaah, Kobe. You have to play for a coach. Cry about it some more.

  • http://www.imdb.com TheBigL

    @doyouwantmore. Sure good to see that you’re not missing the point at all. Keep it up, fella.

  • Demigod

    @TheBigL great to see you overlooking everybody like a communistic nad on a dog’s …. :-) Who cares about Kobe. He aight , but will be forgotten soon like Chuck Person.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Of course management are going to pick someone without asking Kobe… he’s on the decline…?

  • Jer dawg

    This article is trying to convince me Jim Buss made a mistake by not asking Kobe regarding in coach; I’m not so convinced. It still makes me think Lakers are being cheap when they have ZERO reason to. Their double figure BILLION dollar deal with Time Warner cable that they got would cover all the rest of the NBA teams combined, monetary wise. The Lakers got ALL that for Themselves! Jim Buss used to train and breed horses. He just decided he knew enough basketball to run their team. No way.

  • HAMMER

    Uhhh….ya think!? KB8 is declining, but he’s still relevant, especially 2 the Lakers. He’s still their franchise player. So of course u ask 4 his input. Shoulda, woulda, coulda, but did’nta

  • HAMMER

    Did someone seriously put Kobe and Chuck Person n the same sentence? Haha!

  • Wayne

    Let’s see how much more backpedaling Jim Buss will do. Brian Shaw is not returning to the Lakers after Mike Brown’s hiring. Shaw will get a coaching job. I hope it’s in Oakland with Jerry West.

  • robb

    Sure Fredo Corleone, sure.

  • dsleepy

    what an idiot…just now figuring out something every NBA fan in the entire country would have thought intuitive from Day 1.

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