COMMENTARY | The Lakers have built a winning franchise based on integrity, patience and a team-first mentality. The great Dr. Jerry Buss has built a legacy that seemed like it could never be tarnished given the franchise's 16 NBA titles and consistent ability to remain competitive in all circumstances.
That is until his son, Jim Buss, began to make basketball decisions that created a host of new issues for the Lakers, the latest being the firing of head coach Mike Brown. Ousting the head coach may have been the right move, but it's his initial hiring that was perplexing. Still, it's just one of many instances in a calamity of errors by the man calling the shots.
Aside from giving Brown a vote of confidence just days ago and subsequently parting ways with the former Coach of the Year shortly after, Buss has created further issues.
First, the younger Buss is responsible for drafting Andrew Bynum, and to put it in perspective, that may be the best thing he's done for this franchise even as the team has since parted ways with him. He's the primary person responsible for separating a roster full of stars from the offense they thrived in after he failed to hire Brian Shaw after Phil Jackson's departure.