Oct 8, 2013; Ontario, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers executive vice president of player personnel Jim Buss attends the game against the Denver Nuggets at Citizens Business Bank Arena. The Lakers defeated the Nuggest 90-88. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Lakers owner Jim Buss says he’ll quit if team continues to stink


Being at the bottom of the NBA isn’t familiar territory to the Los Angeles Lakers organization.

The obvious hope is that the team will return to its former glory days in the very near future, but that’s going to take a mighty roster overhaul. If such doesn’t happen, embattled Lakers co-owner Jim Buss says he’ll step down according to the Los Angeles Times.

“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.”

The son of former owner Jerry Buss, Jim has drawn the ire of Laker faithful for some of his actions (and words), especially his inability to work with former head coach Phil Jackson.

Jim Buss relinquishing some power might be one of the better things to happen to the Lakers organization in a few years.

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  • J Taylor

    4 years?
    Sounds like the team (or Jimmy) has an internal estimate of a 4 year rebuild.- If so, it’s completely unacceptable.

    Why should we give Jimmy 4 years when ANY OTHER high level executive would get 2 seasons? Especially after we’ve already seen that Jimmy has a poor performance record?

    Let’s hope that after 1 season Jeanie is critical, and after 2 she is willing to fire Jimmy if necessary.

  • Chrmngblly

    So what he’s really saying is that he wants us to ignore the CP3 screw-up, the Howard fiasco and the Nash disaster plus two failed coaching hires and a stupefying failure to trade Howard at the trade deadline in spite of the most casual observer being able to see that Howard was not going to stay. Plus he want another 4 years?

    In what way is he qualified to be the boss of the Lakers? He has never been successful at anything in his life, ever.

    Read this:

    http://thedailysportsheralddotblogspotdotcom/2014/03/jim-buss-timeline-and-decline-of-lakersdothtml

    take out the brackets and put in a dot where it says dot