NBA legend Magic Johnson has pin-pointed executive vice-president Jim Buss as the source of the problems plaguing the LA Lakers this year.
The Los Angeles outfit have largely struggled in games this season and currently hold a disappointing record of 14-25. They’ve now lost their last six in a row, and critics are pointing the fingers to a number of problems.
However, far from pinning the blame on the lengthy injuries sustained by star man Kobe Bryant, NBA Hall of Famer Johnson thinks that it’s the decisions made by Jim Buss that have mostly contributed to their dismal showing.
According to the LA Times, Johnson has questioned the suitability of Buss, who now calls the shots at the franchise following the death of his father Dr. Jerry Buss.
Johnson said: “I love Dr. (Jerry) Buss. I 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 OK, but why didn't you just say that? But the fans were cheering for Phil Jackson two nights in a row.”
Magic spent 13 successful season with the Lakers, where he won five NBA titles, and as such is rarely reluctant when it comes to voicing his opinion. He was made an NBA Hall of Famer in 2002.