Los Angeles Lakers’ co-owner, Jim Buss, firmly denies any rumors of selling his stake in the NBA franchise.
The team’s Vice President of Basketball Operations insists that in spite of struggling to qualify in the playoffs for the past few seasons, the family will stick with the Lakers, as they are in “rebuilding mode.”
Buss said that selling is not an option, given that it is a family business. He also added how Jesse and Joey Buss (his brothers) are both doing a good job of scouting and running the business, including running the D-Fenders (an NBA D-league). “They’re the future of the Lakers,” he reportedly stated, adding, “We’re not going to sell, that’s all there is to it.”
Speaking on the team’s recent struggles, Buss said that it was mainly injuries that dropped them to the bottom-feeders of the Western Conference. “We’re rebuilding and there are a lot of components that have caused us to lose the games that we have,” Buss said, pointing out to Steve Nash’s signing along with the point guards’ injury run-ins.
He also defended head coach Byron Scott, praising his “old school” mentality. He said that their basketball analytics technique helps them decide free agent and trade decisions.
The big plans include getting back star player Kobe Bryant, who has recently rejoined team practices. The Lakers currently consist of a mix of both young and veteran players, such as Jordan Clarkson, D’Angelo Russell, and Julius Randle. Off-season additions include Lou Williams and Roy Hibbert.
Gloria, J., “Los Angeles Lakers ‘Note For Sale’: Jim Buss,” International Business Times web site, August 31, 2015; http://goo.gl/hv9XYG.