Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown’s job is safe for now as executive vice president Jim Buss expressed confidence in him after the team suffered its fourth loss in five games.
“I have no problems with Mike Brown at all,” Buss said after the Lakers dropped to 1-4 with a 95-86 loss to the Utah Jazz Wednesday. “He just works too hard and he’s too knowledgeable for this to be happening.
However, Buss said he’s looking for ways to fix the star-studded lineup sooner rather than later.
“You don’t start 0-3 for the first time since we’ve owned the franchise without being on top of it,” Buss said. “No matter what, you have to be aware. That doesn’t mean change is coming. That just means you have to be aware.”
“So either the system is flawed or something’s going on. Or, like the Triangle, it’s very hard to pick up and understand. I’m not a basketball mind like he is or the players are, and the players are fine with it, so I just have to be patient,” he added.
Buss visited the players during practice Tuesday to see how they are reacting to the Lakers’ new Princeton offense and to gauge their attitude and confidence amid the debacle.
“Kobe Bryant and I have a relationship where he can just look at me and say, ‘Everything’s cool,’” Buss said. “So yesterday during practice, I gave Kobe a quick glance, and everything was cool.”
Sharing Buss’ view, Bryant has been preaching patience amid the Lakers’ struggle, which came as a surprise after beefing up their lineup with Steve Nash and Dwight Howard.
“But at this time, I’m fine with what’s going on. It’s a learning process for the players. As long as everybody is on the same page, I think we’re fine,” Buss said.