Nov 24, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban reacts to the referees call during the second half of the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at the American Airlines Center. The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Dallas Mavericks 115-89. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Mark Cuban unsure if Lakers will ever be 'Lakers' again

The Los Angeles Lakers are historically one of the greatest teams to ever partake in the NBA. Sure, the Boston Celtics have a franchise dripping in rings and the New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls are among the big market teams who have proud histories, but the Lakers have missed the postseason five times since joining the NBA in 1949.

Think about that – five times.

This will be the sixth season the Lakers will not partake in the postseason and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban wonders if we’ll ever see that type of success from the Lakers again.

Since the Los Angeles Lakers are under new ownership following the death of their previous owner, Jerry Buss, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban doesn’t believe the Lakers will ever be the same.

“Jerry Buss was the Lakers, so I don’t know if the Lakers will ever be the Lakers,” Cuban said prior to the Mavs’ 94-89 win over Boston on Monday. “I don’t think there was a smarter owner in the history of the NBA than Jerry Buss, so that’s tough to replace.

“I don’t think people realize just how good of an owner Jerry was. I looked up to him a lot. Absolutely. So I don’t know if the Lakers will ever be the Lakers.”

After Dr. Buss’ death, son Jim and daughter Jeanie took over the franchise which is currently in the midst of their worst historical season – at least going off the standings.

The Lakers will seemingly always be one of the more popular franchises in the NBA thanks to their history and location, but seemingly annual trips deep in the postseason could be a thing of the past.

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