Years of dysfunction is coming to a head in Los Angeles, where fan protests and internet trolling have made the Lakers the laughing stock of the league. Now, in a recent development for the team, even members amongst the top of the Lakers organization have had enough of the current regime.
The LA Times’ Bill Plaschke appeared on the Dan Patrick Show on Monday and spoke about the pressure from the Lakers’ minority owners and partners on Jeanie Buss:
“There’s a lot of rumblings from the AEG’s of the world and some of the partners. I think they’re going to wait to see what happens this summer. But obviously, she’s never going to sell, herself. Don’t forget, she took over the team in a coup from her brothers. So the team can be taken over in a coup. I don’t see that happening until at least they see what happens this summer and see what happens next year. People are upset. The real money-movers and shakers and money people, those are the people who are quietly protesting and they’re upset. She has this summer to figure this out and next season. And if they don’t make the playoffs again, I think that becomes a reality.”
Jeanie Buss has undoubtedly dropped the ball in her tenure so far. Most of the moves made under her leadership have been questionable at best, including the leaked mid-season trade rumors, the Magic Johnson debacle, and a failure to surround LeBron James with sufficient talent.
She continues to trust in the direction of her friends (Kurt and Linda Rambis), over the direction of other qualified and proven advisors.
If things do not improve, her choices and misdirection may force her to give up control of the legendary franchise, just like she forced control out of the hands of her own brother. Though, at this point, they might be better off.