Los Angeles Lakers governor Jeanie Buss has revealed that she is confident her franchise can beat the New York Knicks - and new president Phil Jackson - to any potentially monumental free-agents this summer.
With the Lakers having endured one of the worst seasons in their history, many are tipping them to move heavily in order to secure a free-agent at the end of the campaign. Of course with the Knicks having recently added Jackson to their team, people are naturally drawing comparisons between the two franchise’s chances of bagging a game-changer.
However Buss refuted claims that Jackson, with his 13 championship rings, has given the Knicks more pulling power than the Lakers.
According to the Los Angeles Times, she said: “That’s not true. I don’t agree with that.
“I think the Lakers are a legacy franchise. I think that players know when they come here this is the ultimate platform. I really don’t think a free agent that’s going to come [will] not consider the Lakers. I’m not worried about that in any way, shape or form.”
A bold statement, particularly given the fact that their future as a dominant franchise is looking increasingly uncertain. Rumours persistently surface with regards to how long Mike D’Antoni will be in charge, as well as strong scepticism over whether or not Buss and co. will look to sell the Lakers before the ship is completely sunk.
Buss however, rejected that notion altogether: “There’s no reason for us to sell the team,” she said. “My dad made a plan, he made it possible for us to keep the team and that was a lot of years and years and years of estate planning. We want to operate the team as a family and there’s no reason for us to ever sell.”