Early Tuesday morning, Los Angeles Lakers part-owner Jeanie Buss went full Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones and wiped the front office of the franchise clean — firing her brother, Jim Buss as head of basketball operations, general manager Mitch Kupchak, and long time VP of communications John Black.
Only a few hours after the announcement, Jeanie and new head of basketball operations, Magic Johnson, appeared on Spectrum SportsNet to discuss the details behind the shakeup.
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While Jeanie and Magic used most of the interview to elaborate on their plans for the future, she did issue a statement regarding her brother — apologizing to Lakers nation for taking “too long” to remove him from his position.
“It was such a hard decision to make, that I probably waited too long. For that, I apologize to Laker fans. Now, with clarity and direction, and after talking with Earvin, a change was needed. That’s why we’re here today.”
And when asked if Jeanie wanted to respect Jim’s self-imposed “three- to four-year” timeline to make the Lakers a competitive playoff team again, which has just recently expired:
“I wanted for the current front office to have their opportunity to show us what Laker basketball was going to be. It just wasn’t going in a direction that was satisfactory for what this organization stands for.”
The full interview can be viewed below:
Now it’s time to get to work because the fans of one of the most popular franchises in sports are desperate for any sort of progress.