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Buss' Lakers launch, in futility, "Stay D12" campaign to keep him in Los Angeles. After he moves to the Rockets, Buss says "He was never really a Laker." Makes sense
It's not a shock to any in the NBA community when Dwight Howard's lone season, the 2012-13 campaign, with the Los Angeles Lakers is designated a failure of nearly epic proportions. The team, forecasted in the preseason to win the championship by many pundits, came in lowly 7th place in the Western Conference only to get swept in four games by the San Antonio Spurs in the 1st round of the postseason. Of course, all of this came after LA lost all eight of its preseason games and its first three regular season games, culminating in a very inauspicious start for one of the league's "supposed" elites.
Injuries hampered the squad all year, most notably with point guard Steve Nash missing 32 games and power forward Pau Gasol missing 33, in addition to the hordes of...
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Apparently, if Jeanie Buss wanted it to happen, Phil Jackson could return to the Lakers and Jim Buss wouldn’t have a problem with it.
According to a piece by Ric Bucher for the Hollywood Reporter, Jim is “fine” with Jackson returning to the Lakers, although it may only be in a consultant role:
Jim Buss has made it clear he’s fine with Jackson being on the payroll if Jeanie...
In recent times, Magic Johnson has been one of Jim Buss’ harshest critics, and it appears that Dr. Jerry Buss wasn’t too happy with Earvin’s comments about his son.
According to Ric Bucher, who did a in-depth piece on the Buss family for the Hollywood Reporter, Dr. Buss was hurt by Magic’s public criticism of his son:
Magic Johnson, as close to a deity among Lakers fans...
Last season, most Lakers fans were ready to accept Dwight Howard, but it didn’t seem like he was ready to accept them. Did he ever really want to be a Laker? Did he ever truly embrace the purple and gold? Jim Buss doesn’t think so.
According to Ric Bucher who did a piece on the Buss family for the Hollywood Reporter, Jim feels that Howard was “never really a Laker”:
Dwight Howard decided to leave the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason to sign with the Houston Rockets.
"He was never really a Laker," said Jim Buss of Howard. "He was just passing through."
According to those close to Howard, he could have been persuaded to re-sign with the Lakers.
Jeanine Buss believes Howard would have remained with the Lakers if her father...
Now that Dwight Howard has officially left LA to join the Houston Rockets, Lakers owner and vice president, Jim Buss, says that the 27-year-old center, who spent just one season with the franchise, was “never really a Laker.”
According to Ric Bucher, Hollywood Report:
Jim insists he’s just following his father’s blueprint, but the Howard situation suggests he missed a page...
Dwight Howard spent very little time with the Los Angeles Lakers before heading off to Houston. Most NBA fans envisioned Howard becoming the face of the Lakers’ franchise after Kobe Bryant retired, but the plan never came to fruition. Team executive vice president Jim Buss does not sound surprised. Rick Bucher interviewed Buss for a […]
You know how guys be at the club and after being denied by a woman they are trying to pursue they hit her with the….
“I didn’t want you anyway, you’re ugly.”
I think that pretty much describes these comments by Jim Buss.
“He was never really a Laker,” Jim said to Ric Bucher of The Hollywood Reporter. “He was just passing through.”
A pair of reading glasses sits atop the dresser in Jeanie Buss' bedroom. There's nothing remarkable about the frameless specs except for one detail: They sat on the nose of her father Dr. Jerry Buss whose smiling face forever will be identified with the Los Angeles Lakers the NBA franchise he owned for 34 years until his death in February at age 80. Under Dr. Buss the Lakers...
Kevin McHale wants Dwight Howard to be the athlete he truly is, and stop trying to overpower all his opponents.
McHale organized the workouts with Howard and Hakeem Olajuwon, and he’d prefer his star big man prioritize his speed and quickness offensively.
“It’s a lot of hard work,” Howard said. “The biggest thing that he’s been telling me this whole time, use your speed...
Dwight Howard isn’t trying to play like Hakeem Olajuwon.
Howard worked with Olajuwon earlier this week before taking a planned trip to Asia.
“It’s not about emulating Dream,” Howard said of the workouts, which also included Kevin McHale. “That’s the thing. We get caught up in comparing players, trying to do what this guys does just because you work with him. The thing...
Kevin McHale wants Dwight Howard to prioritize his speed and quickness offensively.
McHale helped organize workouts with Howard at the Toyota Center in Houston this week."It's a lot of hard work,” Howard said. “The biggest thing that he's been telling me this whole time, use your speed, your quickness and then your power. He's been really studying a lot of my...
We’ve seen plenty of tweets from our favorite athletes where they’ve completely struck out on getting after a fan, but after last week’s hilarious Dwight Howard response to a fan bashing him for leaving the Lakers last month for the Rockets, it got us thinking about some of the posts that athletes actually turned into […]
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It wasn’t much of a secret last season that after losing Dwight Howard, the Orlando Magic were going to be in full-blown rebuilding mode. Their days of being contenders for a Finals spot, or even a playoff position went with Howard to Los Angeles, and though the team made strides toward improvement, with impressive showings from promising young players...