You see, this is the same Buss who for some reason overruled Kobe Bryant (in the NBA, the star player – not the general manager – runs the team) when they hired Mike Brown instead of Brian Shaw after legendary coach Phil Jackson retired. This is also the same Buss who traded for Howard even though he wanted to go to the Brooklyn Nets instead of the Lakers. And finally, this is the same Buss who though hiring Mike D’Antoni instead of bringing back Jackson to replaced the fired Brown.
Now this mother(lover) decided not to trade Howard – despite his perceived unhappiness, despite his icy relationship with Bryant, and despite D’Antoni can’t devise a system that accentuates Howard’s strengths. Buss thinks Howard is going to stick around in LA, again despite what I mentioned earlier.
In other words, Jim Buss does not know what the hell he is doing.
The thing is, we’ve seen all this happen before. Remember this same drama happened in Orlando last year. Will Howard remain a member of the Magic? Will he go? He held the Orlando Magic franchise hostage for a year and a half, and he is doing the same thing in Lakerland.
You know that saying “those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it”? After this season look for the Lakers to have the same egg on their faces as Orlando had on theirs.