Found January 10, 2013 on
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Lakers executive Jim Buss spoke with John Ireland and Ramona Shelburne on 710 ESPN radio Thursday where he primarily blamed injuries for the team’s 15-20 start. Here’s some of the transcript via Eric Pincus, Los Angeles Times.
Does the team need to make the playoffs to persuade Howard, who will be a free agent this summer, to stay long-term?
“If we make the playoffs, that means we’re playing well and I think we’ll go deep in the playoffs and I think it’s a no-brainer that he stays,” Buss said. “I think if it continues to fall apart because of injuries, I’m hoping that we can convince him that, ‘Look, everybody was injured. You weren’t 100% for the whole year. Let’s give it another shot next year.’”
“I don’t know if we’ve had five games where all our players are playing,” Buss said. “When you have injuries like that, you can’t play enough games together to get chemistry….I’m still excited about the team but injuries have played such a huge part in this. I’m not fru
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