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Twice, the Buss boys—father Jerry and son Jim—have shoved the Zen Master out the door, wary of the coach's influence within the organization and dissatisfied with his slow-it-down Triangle offense.
And twice it's blown up in their faces, first with Rudy Tomjanovich's flameout in 2004-05 and now with Mike Brown lasting all of 71 regular-season games.
The blame for this latest failure, though, falls squarely on Jim's shoulders. Hiring Phil Jackson's replacement was to be Jimmy B's golden opportunity to put his stamp on the organization. He'd had a hand in selecting Andrew Bynum in the 2005 NBA draft, but never had he been charged to chart the direction of the organization in such a public manner.
In that spot, Buss opted for Brown in a move that was widely panned and now appears to be his latest (and biggest) blunder. Rather than staying in-house by promoting well-respected assistant Brian Shaw or handing the reins over to noted miracle-worker Rick Adelman, Buss chose the guy who'd essentially been scapegoated by the Cleveland Cavaliers for LeBron James' "Decision."
As bad as that was, Buss only compounded the stupidity by dumping Brown just five games into the regular season and doing so without having a contingency in place.
Usually, when an executive screws up this bad in such an important spot, he's kicked to the curb. But Jim's job is guaranteed, since he shares blood with the guy writing the checks.
And if you weren't sure about his basketball acumen (or lack thereof), just look at what he told Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles.com on Thursday, when speaking about Brown's job security:
I have no problems with Mike Brown at all. He just works too hard and he's too knowledgeable for this to be happening.
So either the system is flawed or something's going on. Or, like the Triangle, it's very hard to pick up and understand. I'm not a basketball mind like he is or the players are, and the players are fine with it, so I just have to be patient.
Sorry, Lakers fans. Unless Jerry decides to sell the team, you're stuck with the "Blunder Buss" for the foreseeable future.