Jeanie Buss Rumors
President of basketball operations Jim Buss has said he’ll step down after next season if he can’t get the franchise headed in “the right direction.” He has never wavered from that timeline, nor has his sister Jeanie Buss, the Lakers president, ever let up in holding him to it. General manager Mitch Kupchak’s contract runs several years beyond next season, but it’s hard to imagine him continuing in his role if Jim Buss were to step down.
Serena Winters: Jeanie Buss talking about what constitutes success on @TheHerd (winning games vs. landing big name free agents vs. growth/development). Jeanie Buss (on @TheHerd): “To me it’s about winning & losing basketball games. That is what I’ve made clear to our front office… It’s not about having a marquee star player & coming in last place. That is not what Laker basketball is.”
First and foremost, who is calling the shots in L.A.? Scott’s dismissal bore all the signs that Buss and GM Mitch Kupchak had made the call. League sources indicated that Scott believed into the weekend that he’d survive and have his third-year option picked up. Something changed, but team president Jeanie Buss, who has taken a more active role in team affairs, did not play a role in Scott’s firing, a league source said.
By all appearances, the search for Scott’s replacement will be run by Jeanie’s brother, Jim, and Kupchak. It’s a critical hire, as the window during which Jim Buss promised to restore the Lakers to championship contention is set to close after the 2016-17 season. Jeanie Buss has alluded to her brother’s self-imposed timeline on several occasions, saying Jim would resign if the Lakers failed to make it beyond the second round of the playoffs by next season.