|Clippers Touch Base With J.R Smith
Magic is right about the situation with the Lakers. They need to start talking to each other. If you read the quotes, you realize that he's right on it about how the Lakers need to start communicating. I mean, if they don't, things could get really ugly really fast. In fact, I think that this situation would actually be better handled by Magic than by Laker management if only because he knows exactly how this feels when you don't feel like the management are listening. So, anyways, he's right when he says things like this...
"We have to remember now, it's not Mitch's situation anymore."
"[Kupchak is] not running the team. Jim Buss is running the team. So, Mitch has to follow the direction of Jim Buss and what he wants. I wouldn't say Mitch is the problem or anything. He's going to do his job.
"… I think what Kobe really probably wants is just be informed. As a leader, as a future Hall of Famer, as a guy who has brought five championships to the Lakers and the fans of Los Angeles, he just wants to probably have more communication, probably like he did when Phil Jackson was there and he worked well with Mitch. I don't think that Kobe feels he's got that type of relationship or the communication has been there with Jim."
"So, I think what has to probably happen is sit Kobe down [and] Jim, sit him down [too] and say, 'Hey, Dr. Buss was the master at taking you to lunch or taking you to dinner and really going over what he thought about, or what he was thinking and what he wanted to do with the team and Jerry West was great at that as well.' Kobe, Mitch and Jim just got to get on the same page and it will be OK."
If you read those comments and take into account that Magic is the greatest Laker, then you know that something needs to change in tinseltown in order for this to be made right. They could do any number of things to make it right, but, it Magic feels like the Lakers management should be talking to the players and coming to practice and dealing with the issues, then that's what they need to do. If they aren't going to do that, then I don't know what to say.
I'm a lifelong Lakers fan who wants to see them do well no matter the circumstance, but this circumstance is probably too much for them to handle. They simply do not have any real way to get better, and they cannot get any more ways to get better if the owner won't talk to them (excuse me, the owner's little brat son.)
So, the Lakers are teetering on the edge of disaster. They could be a disaster or they could win another title, but, any hopes of them getting closer to winning a title pretty much go out the window the second the owner stops paying attention to the players.
That time has come and it's really starting to bother me. For whatever it's worth, the Buss family needs to get it together like right now.