Chaz Osborne Rumors
But the friend points out that Chaz, who lives in San Diego and commutes to Lakers offices, is working really hard to become an excellent scout. Chaz explained to friends that he’s really busy this year because Jim Buss laid off the scouting staff last summer that had produced so much Lakers success over the years. Those layoffs included Ronnie Lester, the trusted Lakers executive who had spent years helping to populate the roster with top talent. Because of the layoffs, Chaz tells friends he’s seen more than 50 college games and works hard at sitting courtside and filling in the scouting reports for the Lakers.
Yet Jimmy thinks scouting is vastly overrated. “Evaluating basketball talent is not too difficult,” he says. “If you grabbed 10 fans out of a bar and asked them to rate prospects, their opinions would be pretty much identical to those of the pro scouts.” That comment mystifies [then-GM Jerry] West. “I have great admiration for what our scouts do,” he says. “If the job is so easy, then why do some teams always have more success than others?”