The Lakers were looking like a mess until beating the Mavericks Wednesday night in Dallas. First, Kobe Bryant said the trade rumors were affecting Pau Gasol, so he told management to finally decide the big man’s future. General Manager Mitch Kupchak responded and said Gasol was still on the block. Kobe was not happy with the answer, but he was proud to have his teammate’s back.
Meanwhile, Lakers owner and executive Jim Buss, who Magic Johnson says is running the team, has remained silent. Magic called out Buss for allowing the situation to fester.
“Jim Buss, I’m very disappointed in you,” Magic said on ESPN. “When a superstar, your best player on your team, Kobe Bryant, has issues and problems, you should discuss it with him privately to make sure you calm him down. Then, Kobe would have calmed the other Laker players down. Then you should have met with the Laker team and see if they have any problems or if they have any questions so you can answer those questions.
“Right now, a la...