On Wednesday, Magic Johnson took to twitter to voice his opinion over the Los Angeles Lakers coaching drama. His opinion, it turns out, is the same as just about everybody else — he isn’t pleased with the Lakers recent decisions. The Lakers publicly humiliated Phil Jackson, by offering him the job and then hiring Mike D’Antoni. There was no logical reasoning behind the Lakers management’s behaviour, unless, it was personal…
Johnson aims his criticism at Jim Buss, the son of Dr. Jerry Buss and the brother of Jackson’s girlfriend Jeanie Buss. Johnson played for Dr. Buss, the Lakers’ owner, who he has nothing but positive things to say. Jeanie and Jim Buss currently serve as executives for the franchise.
On twitter, Johnson explained that:
On Wednesday during ESPN’s “NBA Countdown,” Johnson went a little further with his criticism:
“Love Dr. Buss. I don’t believe in Jim Buss,” Johnson said. “Love Dr. Buss, don’t believe in Jim Buss. He’s made two critical mistakes already. To me, they made two critical mistakes.
“First, hiring Mike Brown — he wasn’t the right coach. He’s a great coach but not the right coach for the Lakers. And I don’t feel Mike D’Antoni is the right coach for the Lakers. Especially when you have Phil Jackson sitting out there, who wanted to be the Laker coach. Jim Buss decided he didn’t want Phil Jackson, he wanted Mike D’Antoni. And that’s okay, but why didn’t you just say that? But the fans were cheering for Phil Jackson two nights in a row.”
Jim Buss responded via ESPN LosAngeles, by saying, “I believe in Magic as I always have.”
It’s great to see Buss can defend his decision…
If Jim Buss is behind the decision to embarrass Jackson and the Lakers don’t win the championship, Jim has pretty much inked Jeanie’s name as the heir to the Lakers thrown.
On a scale of one to ten, how awkward is the Buss Family thanksgiving going to be?