The popularity of the current NBA would not be understood without a specific franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers. If for many teams reaching the play-offs could mean the difference between a good year and a bad one, for the Los Angeles team reaching the postseason is not even close to success. Led by Kareem Abdul Jabar, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol or, more recently, LeBron James, the Lakers have managed to forge dynasties and win rings in each decade. However, last season the Purple and Gold failed to live up to fans’ expectations, receiving harsh criticism and, in some cases, turning a blatantly dark color.
Jeanie Buss, owner of the Lakers and daughter of the legendary Doctor Jerry Buss, was one of the personalities who suffered the most from the bitter disappointment of last season. In an interview for The Athletic, the Los Angeles manager confirmed that the fans, showing clear dissatisfaction with the team’s management, would threaten her life. “I thought, ‘I’m not going to survive this.’ This is going to be very hard. She was getting death threats, and then something just clicked,” Buss would comment. “Anthony Davis… when he was healthy you can debate whether he was the best player in the entire NBA,” she would conclude.
The Lakers started the year very poorly, going 3-10 in the 2022-23 season. However, with the help of LeBron James the franchise would begin to see green shoots in its results, but it would be Rob Pelinka who would take all of Buss’s praise. “It was a wonderful run at the end of the season after the trade deadline. You can go back to the Hachimura trade with the addition of a player who fit very well with the team we had. “Then Rob came forward at the trade deadline making moves that really fit the way coach (Darvin) Ham wanted to play.”
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