Buss admitted that he is frustrated with the Lakers’ surprising 1-4 record to start the season despite a star-studded lineup, but the long-time executive said that he will not be pushing the panic button yet and make some changes.
In an interview with ESPN Los Angeles, Buss said: “You don’t start 0-3 for the first time since we’ve owned the franchise without being on top of it. No matter what, you have to be aware. That doesn’t mean change is coming. That just means you have to be aware.”
Lakers coach Brown has been on the hot seat since the Lakers were defeated in their season-opener against a Dirk Nowitzki-less Dallas Mavericks. Fans and critics believe that second-year Lakers coach isn’t fit for the job of utilizing the team’s star-studded roster that includes Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, and Pau Gasol.
But despite the public clamor for Brown’s dismissal, Buss remains confident in his coach and was quoted as saying: “I have no problems with Mike Brown at all. He just works too hard and he’s too knowledgeable for this to be happening.”
“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,” Buss added.
Like Buss, Bryant also told their critics to “shut up” last week and let the team adjust to their new offensive scheme, but the 34-year-old superstar was visibly upset after their 95-86 loss against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.
On the other hand, Howard also admitted that he is frustrated with the results of their first four games, but the All-Star center voiced the same sentiment as Buss, saying that there is no need to panic.
Howard said: “There’s no need for us to panic or put extra pressure on ourselves this early in the season. We know that everybody expects great things out of us, but greatness takes time. Instead of us panicking, we have to just play through it, find ways to win our games, and we’ll find our niche. Right now we’re searching for it, but once we get it we’ll be fine.”
The Lakers currently sits at the cellar of the Western Conference standings with their 1-4 record, the first time the team started with that slate since the 1993-94 NBA season.