The Los Angeles Lakers aren’t quite getting off to the start they anticipated when the team made off-season moves to acquire perennial All-Stars Dwight Howard and Steve Nash to add them with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. Despite the sluggish 1-4 beginning to the 2012-13 campaign Lakers executive vice president Jim Buss (son of owner Jerry Buss who is pictured above) has come out and publicly stated that he is not giving up on head coach Mike Brown so quickly.
The Lakers lost again on Wednesday night 95-86 to the Utah Jazz which dropped them to 1-4 but no one within the organization is panicking just yet.
Buss had the following remarks today when asked by members of the Los Angles media about Brown’s status with the team, “I have no problems with Mike Brown at all. He just works too hard and is too knowledgeable for this to be happening”. Then Buss followed “So either the system is flawed or something is going on. Or, like the Triangle, it’s very hard to pick up and understand. I’m not a basketball mind like he is or the players are, and the players are fine with it, so I just have to be patient.”
The system that Buss was referring to is the Princeton offense which Brown has implemented this season with the Lakers new cast of characters in order to get the best out of everyone’s game as both individuals and as a unit. Buss also said “Kobe and I have a relationship where he can just look at me and say, ‘Everything’s cool’. So yesterday during practice I gave Kobe a quick glance and everything was cool.”
Buss also said “You have to give it time to understand. I don’t know if there is an actual game total that would make me impatient. I know if we’re 1-15, I don’t think that would be very good. I’m sure that would be a panic button. But at this time I’m fine with what is going on. It’s a learning process for the players. As long as everybody is on the same page, I think we’re fine.”
The Lakers next game comes on Friday night when they host the (3-2) Golden State Warriors at Staples Center.