Los Angeles Lakers president Jeanie Buss has insisted that her brother, Jim, would step down as executive vice-president of basketball operations if he proved unsuccessful in his job.
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The Lakers have endured a difficult two years as they continue to attempt to rebuild the roster, and this summer marks an important period in their future.
While the moves for Steve Nash and Dwight Howard didn’t work out as planned, Kobe Bryant has seen his last three seasons ended prematurely by injury ahead of his final season in the NBA next year.
As a result, coach Byron Scott has had to put together what he can to see out the season with rookie Jordan Clarkson arguably the only shining light in an otherwise miserable campaign.
Jim Buss put himself under pressure recently by insisting that he would walk away from the organisation if he failed in his attempt at making them successful again within three years to four years.
His vision is realistic in the sense that the right moves in free agency and a high Draft pick this summer could give the team exactly what they need to start the new cycle, but his sister is confident that he won’t have to step away.
“I think my brother would step down. I don’t think he’d ever want to be … ” she trails off. “He is very sincere in his efforts. I don’t think he has doubts that he’ll be able to get everything to where we need it to be, and there will be no reason to make any changes,” Buss said, as reported by Grantland.com.
If the Lakers continue to struggle to break back into the playoff picture, then this internal and family situation could get a little more complicated as Jeanie appeared hesitant to commit to saying she would fire her brother if needed.
However, the Buss family is evidently committed to turning things around sooner rather than later, and it all starts this off-season.