L.A Lakers fans, the Jim Buss era has officially arrived!
Until recently, most fans hadn’t even heard of Jim Buss. Now they wish they never had.
Jim is the son of Lakers owner Jerry Buss and the brother of Jeanie Buss—Phil Jackson’s girlfriend. At age 51, Jim has now taken over daddy’s empire and is the most influential person in the Lakers organization.
I want to like Jim, I really do. I am an avid Lakers fan and want to see my team succeed. I want the Lakers to reload in the offseason and come back stronger than ever. I want to see another title hanging from the rafters and I want Kobe Bryant to win his Michael Jordan-tying sixth championship.
But from what I have seen from Jim so far, I have my doubts about the Lakers’ future. He appears dead set on doing things his way and his recent actions give me no confidence that he has the ability to run an NBA franchise.
There is still hope for this team, but the future in L.A. has definitely looked brighter. Here are five reasons why Jim Buss is single-handedly ruining the Lakers.
Note: Many of the comments shared in this article come from an interview that Los Angeles Times columnist T. J. Simers held with Jim Buss.