Whether he said it or not.....It's all water under the bridge. Whether we as Laker fans like it or not (And I was not a big fan of this hire....Just to be clear) D'Antoni is our coach, And while we can use this forum to scrutinize every move he makes....Good or Bad. That's just the way it is, Whether Jimmy Buss is telling the truth or not. Even if he is lying to us, It still doesn't change anything....No matter how much we want it too. As Laker fans we gotta sink or swim with this dude until he either proves us right or wrong.
I believe it. Buss always wanted to bring back Showtime. The first time he let go of Phil it was reported he wanted a more uptempo offense. Everyone will make mistakes. The true test of an owner isn't being perfect, but being willing to admit mistakes and swallow your pride. Also they need someone that can tell you the truth if they think you are wrong. Remember Dr. Buss wanted to trade Worthy and West talked him out of it. The player Dr. Buss wanted ended up being a huge bust.
Which is what Dr. Buss did when he admitted to making a mistake letting Phil leave in the first place and brought him back winning two more championships. Can Jim admit his mistakes. Will he be able to connect with players and sell his vision of the team like his father could. I truly believe a healthy Dr. Buss would have connected with Dwight and convinced him to stay.
He didn't make it up. And it honestly kinda makes sense. Dr. Buss knew that Phil kinda didn't really wanna come back, and that this was going to be more about rebuilding and the future. D'Antoni isn't the greatest coach but he isn't a bad coach either, give him his type of players and they'll be much better...and they will be
This is absurd. Jerry Buss was still capable of stopping the hiring of d'antoni when it happened if he wanted to. Jerry Buss had constantly mentioned bringing back showtime and so it makes perfect sense that he would endorse the hiring of d'antoni. I was totally against the hiring, but to suggest that it was only Jim's idea and that he lied about Jerry Buss supporting the hire is ridiculous. Jerry Buss could have easily made vetoed the move if he wanted to.