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Why Jim Buss Should Resign from Lakers

EL SEGUNDO, CA - MAY 31:  Jim Buss, executive vice president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers, listens to Lakers new coach Mike Brown's speach during his introductory news conference at the team's training facility on May 31, 2011 in El Segundo, California. Brown replaced Lakers coach Phil Jackson, who retired at the end of this season.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Michael RiosCorrespondent IDecember 3, 2012

For the past few years, Jim Buss has been given more and more control over the Los Angeles Lakers in hopes of continuing the winning traditions in LA. Since the reign of Jim Buss started, however, the franchise has seen one questionable management move after another.

It all started with the hiring of Mike Brown in 2011. At the time, the Lakers had a pool of well-qualified coaches to choose from. The most prominent targets then were Brian Shaw, Rick Adelman, Jeff Van Gundy and Mike Dunleavy

But Jim Buss decided to go with Mike Brown, a coach not known for his offensive execution, but who had two solid years as the coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers

That coaching choice failed awfully quickly after a lackluster 2012 playoff run and an even worse start to the 2012-13 season. 

Even prior to the Mike Brown experiment, Buss was also instrumental in ending the Lakers' relation with the well-respected Lamar Odom. After failing to trade Odom and Pau Gasol for Chris Paul, Odom voiced his frustration over the lack of respect he was shown by the front office.

In an even more bizarre move, he was then traded to the team that had eliminated the Lakers in the prior year, the Dallas Mavericks.

Fast forward to this past month. Buss and the Lakers eventually decided to let Mike Brown go, acknowledging the mistake they had made by hiring him. But Buss went on to make yet another questionable call.

He decided to hire an unproven head coach in Mike D'Antoni over an 11-time championship winner in Phil Jackson.

Given the fact that Jackson was more than willing to return, it should have been a no-brainer to hire him over any other coach in contention. But Buss chose a coach who lacked championship rings, a defensive system or even an NBA Finals appearance. 

It's simple math: 11 rings are greater than zero rings. The choice Buss made simply made no sense to so many fans. 

Even Lakers legend Magic Johnson called him out on that move. 

"I love Dr. (Jerry) Buss," said Johnson on ESPN following the D'Antoni hire. "I don't believe in Jim Buss."

It's easy to understand why he feels that way. The Lakers are now 3-4 under D'Antoni following the loss against the Orlando Magic on Sunday. The team is 8-9 for the season. It's safe to say that the coaching choices Jim Buss has been making just haven't worked. 

Jim Buss' legacy with the Lakers is quickly turning into a disaster. There have been absolutely no signs of improvement since his reign began. 

The stats speak for themselves. Under Jim Buss, the Lakers have gotten in a habit of losing. As we all know, in LA, those who lose must get lost.

Jim Buss was given the chance to prove himself, but he has failed over and over again. If the team is to start winning again, Jim Buss should consider doing what is right: He must resign from the Lakers. 

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