Lakers owner Jeanie Buss: ‘When you spend that kind of money on the luxury tax, you expect to go deep into the playoffs’
General manager Rob Pelinka technically runs the Lakers’ front office. LeBron James/Anthony Davis/Klutch Sports have asserted power. Rambis, Linda Rambis, Phil Jackson and Magic Johnson – to the chagrin of many in Los Angeles – hold influence.
But Lakers owner Jeanie Buss wants to remind you the buck stops with her.
Fifth-highest payroll (behind the Warriors, Nets, Clippers and Bucks), but who’s counting?
Though Buss has spent big, not as big as she could have. A huge luxury-tax bill isn’t required for winning a championship, but it helps. The Lakers missed the postseason by only one game. Maybe Alex Caruso would’ve made the difference.
Really, exhausted patience is a theme within the Lakers.
Buss has regretted acting patiently in the past then acted harshly once her patience wore out. Though she expressed confidence Pelinka (and collaborating with the Rambii, Jackson and Johnson) to Plaschke, she isn’t trading LeBron. It’s hard to read these comments as anything other than a warning shot at Pelinka to fix this mess quickly.
Unfortunately for Pelinka, he has dug himself a big hole.