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Buss mum on Phil; doesn't want 'distraction'

Posted on: May 26, 2010 8:46 pm
Edited on: May 26, 2010 10:07 pm
 
LOS ANGELES -- None other than Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss was on my flight from Phoenix to Los Angeles Wednesday, and as we walked through the concourse at LAX, I explained that I'd be derelict in my duties if I didn't ask him for his reaction to the latest developments in the Phil Jackson saga.

"We'd both be derelict if I answered that question," Buss said. "I'm not going to talk about it because I don't want any distractions for the team."

Of course, by allowing Jackson's contractual uncertainty to linger throughout the Western Conference finals, Buss and Jackson have indirectly fueled  the distraction themselves. With rumors swirling about teams coming after Jackson, and with Jackson unwilling to shut the whole thing down simply by saying he's either coaching the Lakers or retiring next season, the distraction grows bigger and bigger.

I asked Buss if he could say definitively that he would not be outbid for Jackson's services, and he refused to answer that question, too. He wouldn't commit to a timetable for addressing the Jackson matter publicly, nor would he say when he expects to resolve the matter with Phil himself.

As for the conference finals, which resume at Staples Center Thursday night with the series tied at 2, Buss said, "I'm confident," noting that the Lakers have been in this situation "many times."









Category: NBA
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Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2010 7:46 pm
 

Buss mum on Phil; doesn't want 'distraction'

I don't think that Phil will be going any place that can't not within a 1-2 year chance of winning another championship game and have the players strong enough to make this happen.

So in my estimation Phil will either coach the Lakers next season as he should or be without a team for a year or so.

If Jerry Buss did not want to make an issue of this then why did the issue make the media. What other items of the Lakers do you ever see in the media. None therefore it had to have been leaked with Jerry's blessing.



"ONE MAN'S OPINION"   



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: May 27, 2010 6:23 pm
 

Buss mum on Phil; doesn't want 'distraction'

"The Bulls would simply have to do a sign and trade with the Cavaliers for LeBron for say Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich. The Bulls would not have touched their Cap and therefore could sign whoever they want. Perhaps Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh. They would even have money to spare to sign another role player at about 3-4 million per. Many believe that LeBron will want a sign and trade and the Cavs might take Deng and Kirk."

Sure it sounds "simple" but there is no guarantee at all that Cleveland would agree to a sign and trade for Lebron, they could roll the dice and say -- you can sign here for max money on a team that won 66 games or go somewhere else for $30million less".  Just because Lebron James may want a sign and trade that does not mean the Cavaliers have to agree.  Second, I am not sure that Deng and Hinrich's salaries (assuming that would be enough to satisfy the Cavaliers)would be close enough to Lebron's to make the trade work under NBA rules but I could be wrong.  Finally, if Lebron sees that somebody like Chicago has to give up too many good players to make the trade he may not want it after all as, again, he'll be on a team that is not good enough to win an NBA title --- two superstars is not always enough (Remember when the Lakers had Shaq, Kobe, Malone and Payton --admittedly Malone and Payton were near the end of their careers---and failed to win?).  Not saying it can't happen, but unlikely -- Chicago gets one premium free agent, not two.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: May 27, 2010 6:15 pm
 

Buss mum on Phil; doesn't want 'distraction'

"Dr. Buss is the fool here who decided it was timely during the playoffs/finals to tell his Hall of Fame coach that he'll be slashing his salary. "

Actually, from what I have read it was Dr. Buss's daughter, Phil's girlfriend, who "let the cat out of the bag" about a possible salary cut and it was before the playoffs.  My guess, is that ultimately, even is some of the money is deferred. Buss will pay what it takes to keep Phil Jackson in LA next season, especially if the Lakers win the NBA title again this year.  My guess is also that if the Lakers win, it will cost less to keep Phil as he will have the added incentive of defending the title again and may take a little less money than he might otherwise. 



Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: May 27, 2010 1:32 pm
 

Buss mum on Phil; doesn't want 'distraction'

Not that it would happen in a million years, but the fact is the Bulls could sign both Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. The Bulls would simply have to do a sign and trade with the Cavaliers for LeBron for say Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich. The Bulls would not have touched their Cap and therefore could sign whoever they want. Perhaps Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh. They would even have money to spare to sign another role player at about 3-4 million per. Many believe that LeBron will want a sign and trade and the Cavs might take Deng and Kirk. If that happens the Bulls will add another superstar for sure. Bosh has said he is waiting to see were LeBron goes first before he makes a move. I think everyone is waiting.



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: May 27, 2010 12:40 pm
 

Buss mum on Phil; doesn't want 'distraction'

Im sorry did you just say LeBron and winning finals in the same sentence. that's a good one. Thanks for the good laugh!



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: May 27, 2010 10:24 am
 

Buss mum on Phil; doesn't want 'distraction'

First, that's no way to get both LeBron and D-wade and second Phi won't make the decision until this one ends. Why you have to rush yourself to make a decision when things need to clear like LeBron's decision, Even LeBron goes to Bulls but still not mean that Bulls have a better look than this Lakers. So what you go to do the next if you are Phil. Of course, he won't do anything until they won the final or .....




Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: May 27, 2010 9:29 am
 

Buss mum on Phil; doesn't want 'distraction'

Why should Phil be willing to shut this whole thing down by saying that he will be coaching the Lakers next year?  Or that he'll be retiring?  Ken, are you willing to go on record now and say that you are willing to work for CBS Sports in 2011 for half or so of what they're paying you now?  Phil is clearly the most coveted coach out there, with 10 rings.  Why would he necessarily want to retire, or why would he willfully continue to do what he's doing now, as well as anyone in history (even Red), for half of what he's making now?  Dr. Buss is the fool here who decided it was timely during the playoffs/finals to tell his Hall of Fame coach that he'll be slashing his salary.  THAT makes zero sense.  I hope Phil goes back to Chicago, brings in Lebron and D-Wade, faces the Lakers in the finals next year, and drubs them in the four most lopsided games in NBA finals history. 


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