As drama swirls across the Los Angeles Lakers, NBA commissioner Adam Silver stated he has “super” confidence in crew proprietor Jeanie Buss and believes the crew will flip issues round.
“I do know Jeanie is aware of learn how to handle a crew,” Silver stated Wednesday morning in a wide-ranging interview on ESPN’s Get Up. “Certain, when issues begin to go fallacious, quite a lot of fingers get pointed. However they will determine it out.”
Because the common season ended, Magic Johnson resigned throughout an impromptu information convention and the crew parted with head coach Luke Walton. A slew of candidates have been interviewed — Ty Lue and Monty Williams have been each supplied the job — earlier than the crew settled on Frank Vogel as the following head coach.
The Buss household is likely one of the longest-tenured possession teams within the NBA. That and the franchise’s championship historical past are causes Silver believes the crew will get again to their successful methods.
Like Buss, Silver stated he did not have any prior discover that Johnson was stepping down. “I watched that press convention dwell like everybody else did and did not realize it was coming,” Silver stated. “However I believe he spoke from the center.”
Silver additionally addressed a lunch dialog he had with LeBron James’ agent, Wealthy Paul, which ESPN’s Baxter Holmes reported on Tuesday.
“He was in the identical restaurant,” Silver stated. “There have been two folks sitting there. He sat down for a second, and I believe he stated one thing alongside the strains that ‘Luke Walton is just not the proper man to teach LeBron.’
“My response was to shrug my shoulders and possibly say, ‘Effectively, who do you assume is the proper man to teach?’ And he talked about a reputation and that was that. I believe as commissioner, I do not need to shut folks off who’ve a perspective.”
Silver stated interactions like which are pretty widespread.
“I believe he simply wished to say it out loud,” Silver stated. “I do not assume he had any expectation that I’d repeat that to anybody.”