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Jeanie Buss promises ‘changes’ if Lakers aren’t contenders again soon

Jeanie Buss

The Lakers are on the verge of missing the playoffs for the third straight season, which is something that has never happened at any time in the history of the franchise, which dates back to the 1948-49 season.

Jeanie Buss is the person in charge, and she promises that this aggression will not stand, man -- and that “changes” will be made if the franchise is unable to find a way to turn things around.

From Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News:

“I’ve been assured by our basketball operations that the team will be back in contention soon. If we are not meeting those goals, then changes have to occur,” Buss said in a recent interview with Los Angeles News Group in her office at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo. “I have no reason not to believe them when they tell me that’s what they can deliver. I don’t see what would be holding them back.” ...

And if not?

“Then we owe it to our shareholders, fans and partners that we have to move in a different direction to get this team back into contention,” Jeanie Buss said. “We made a commitment that we would operate the team the way Dr. Buss ran it.”

The problem, of course, is that Jeanie’s brother Jim is the one running things on the basketball operations side.

Jim Buss said he’d step down if a few seasons go by where the Lakers aren’t contenders, but given his relationship to the franchise, that’s easier said than done.

It’s only worth making a change if a qualified and suitable replacement can be secured; if there’s any question at all about a replacement candidate’s qualifications, it might be better for the team to do its best under the circumstances, and simply stay the course.