Mike D'Antoni

Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni argues a call during the second half of a game against the San Antonio Spurs on April 16. D'Antoni's Lakers finished the regular season out of the playoffs with a record of 27-55. (Eric Gay / Associated Press / April 16, 2014)

Jim Buss says he will resign in three or four years [April 20] if the Lakers are not back on top because that will mean he has failed. Dude, you have already failed both the team and its fans by your evident lack of leadership, so why must we wait so long for you to ultimately depart?

How about in three or four months you turn over the team reins to someone more competent than you! Why should we twist in the wind for the obvious to become even more obvious? Goodbye and good riddance, Jim, we won't miss you at all.

Roy Reel

Culver City


Jim Buss said if the Lakers aren't contending for an NBA title in three or four years he will step aside and let someone else run the team and make player personnel decisions. I don't believe this for one second and if Mike D'Antoni really is coming back next season, April 2018 can't come fast enough for a team that by then will more closely resemble an irrelevant team like the Bucks or Hawks than what used to be one of the NBA's premier franchises.

Erik Schuman

Fountain Valley


Kobe, I am wondering if before you signed your $48-million contract, and declared that you wanted another ring within the two years you signed for, if you had the opportunity to discuss that with Jim Buss? Looks like if you want that ring you better go play somewhere else or sign another extension.

Ron Roberts



Here's what happens when the leadership of a franchise realizes an error has been made.

David Moyes, the coach of reigning Premier League champion Manchester United, was sacked after only 10 months at the helm. The team is currently in an unacceptable seventh place in the 20-team Premier League standings.

Does the history of Man U look familiar? It is one of the most storied franchises in sports history, a consistent champion willing to spend whatever it takes to land the top talent.

The handwriting was on the wall. Under the terms of his six-year contract, failure to qualify for the 2014-15 Champions League entitles Moyes to take away only one year's pay from the five years outstanding on his six-year contract. Too bad the Lakers didn't put that kind of proviso in Mike D'Antoni's contract.

Brian Russell

Studio City