Buss will let basketball execs work next season untouched but won’t endure another playoff miss without making major changesJAYNE KAMIN-ONCEA/USA TODAY SPORTS
Lakers Controlling Owner & CEO Jeanie Buss said she is "growing impatient" with the team's results after missing the playoffs this season while having the "fourth-highest payroll in the league," according to Bill Plaschke of the L.A. TIMES. Buss: “When you spend that kind of money on the luxury tax, you expect to go deep into the playoffs. We don’t like to be missing the playoffs, I understand the fans anger and frustration, I’ve got to make it better.” When asked if that meant eventually making changes, Buss said, "Absolutely, if we are not living up to the Lakers standard, absolutely I will look at everything, I will make the hard decisions because that’s what you have to do.” She continued to "offer support of embattled" GM Rob Pelinka, who is "apparently going to have at least one more shot to get it right." But Buss also confirmed that she is "now also receiving input" from Magic Johnson and Phil Jackson. That means Johnson is “once again wielding some influence” following his "walk out on Buss at the end of the 2019 season." She also "defended" Lakers Senior Basketball Advisor Kurt Rambis and “offered a strong endorsement of Linda Rambis, Kurt’s wife and longtime Buss friend and confidant." There are reports that Linda Rambis “has input on basketball decisions," but Buss "vehemently denied” that. Overall, there is a sense that while Buss will "let her basketball executives work the summer and next season untouched,” she "won’t endure another playoff miss without making major changes” (L.A. TIMES, 5/10).