Some, including Hall of Famer
Lakers President and Governor
"The draft pick to Phoenix, if we don't give it to them this year, we have to give it to them next year, so I don't really see what the logic would be," said Buss on Tuesday, via SiriusXM
"Try to tank to keep it this year, because we'd just have to give it away next year -- that doesn't resonate with me," she continued. "I think it's impossible to tell your coach and tell your players, 'Try not to win.' That goes against everything an organization is about."
If the Lakers do keep their pick this season, their 2016 selection will go to the Suns with top-three protection. That same protection is also in place in 2017, finally going to Phoenix unprotected in 2018, if not sooner.
While Buss said the team isn't tanking, she acknowledged it is having a difficult time winning games, what with injuries and trying to adjust to the ways of Coach Byron Scott, who was hired over the summer.
"We're struggling but we've been in so many games and you see the learning curve with a new coach and players learning how to play together, learning how to play the way he wants them to," said Buss. "There have been many games where a basket would have made the difference and we'd be telling a different story now."
Buss runs the business side of the organization, but ultimately holds the highest position as governor. She's said she's looking forward to seeing the basketball staff -- led by her brother, Lakers Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Jim Buss -- rebuild the team into a winner.
"I'm still all in for watching this, giving our front office the opportunity to put together what their vision is for a basketball team," she said. "We need to be patient."
Buss also had a message for the Lakers' aging star,
"Make sure when he retires that he's ready to give up the game," she said. "We've seen a couple of times guys who, they decided that it was too soon and they tried to come back.
"My advice to Kobe is to be sure in his heart that the time is right for him, because really the only person who knows when it's right will be Kobe."
The Lakers will visit the Clippers (23-12) on Wednesday night at Staples Center.