Gary Vitti Rumors

After 45 minutes that night, and the more than 45,000 minutes that preceded it, Bryant’s Achilles’ gave out. “You know what he said to me when I got out there?,” Vitti recalled. “He said, ‘I think I ruptured my Achilles.’ I said ‘Yeah, that’s what it looked like.’ I said ‘Let me ask you this: did it feel like somebody kicked you in the back of the leg, and you turned around and there was nobody there?’ He said ‘Exactly.’ I said, ‘Yeah, that’s what you did.’ And he says, ‘I tried to pull it back down.’ The guy’s (bleeped) up. ‘What do you mean, you tried to pull it down — and, what, try to weld it back on? What were you going to do, staple it back on? I said, that’s not going to work, man.’ And then he said to me, ‘Can we go in the back, and tape it up?’ And I said, no, that’s not going to work, either.”
“I think Mark Jackson was the coach, and I told Mark what we were going to do,” Vitti said. “I told the officials what we were going to do. As soon as we fouled, I walked out on the court to get him. And I said, ‘You want a chair?’ And he said, ‘No, I’m walking off.’ And he walked all the way back to the training room on his own power. That was a message to Paul Pierce. ‘Cause you remember in the (2008) Finals, Pierce looked like he got shot by a sniper, rolling around, writhing in pain? They take him off on a chair and he comes back and plays and they beat us? That was Kobe’s (bleep) you to Paul Pierce.”
But since the team’s dramatic front-office overhaul Feb. 21, when Lakers governor Jeanie Buss fired her brother, Jim, and general manager Mitch Kupchak, and promoted Johnson to president of basketball operations, Vitti has been noticeably absent. According to sources close to the franchise, before Feb. 21, Vitti had been seen at every home game save for one and at the facility about four days a week when the team wasn’t on the road — but since the regime change, those sources say, Vitti hasn’t been seen at any games, practices, anything.
Storyline: Gary Vitti Retirement
In response to questions about Vitti’s status, Lakers spokesperson Alison Bogli clarified that Vitti previously reported directly to the general manager and that with the regime change, their new GM — Rob Pelinka — is assessing what is needed going forward. No decisions have yet been made about what projects Vitti will continue to work on as a consultant for the Lakers, Bogli noted, adding that Vitti was certainly welcome to attend games whenever he liked.
But ever since the team’s dramatic front-office overhaul Feb. 21, when Lakers governor Jeanie Buss fired her brother, Jim, and general manager Mitch Kupchak and promoted Johnson to president of basketball operations, Vitti has been noticeably absent. According to sources close to the franchise, prior to Feb. 21, Vitti had been seen at every home game save for one and at the facility about four days a week when the team wasn’t on the road — but since the regime change, those sources say, Vitti hasn’t been seen at any games, practices, anything.
Vitti issued the following comment to ESPN regarding his status with the Lakers: “I worked more than half of my life for the Lakers, and I can honestly look at myself in the mirror and say I gave every ounce that I had every day. I will forever be grateful to [the late Lakers owner and patriarch] Dr. [Jerry] Buss, a man I believe exemplified what I believe to be the trifecta of the most important human values: honesty, kindness and loyalty. Going forward, it’s not my team so Jeanie can do what she thinks is best.”
Storyline: Los Angeles Lakers Turmoil?