But wouldn't new Knicks President
“That’s not true. I don’t agree with that,” Jeanie Buss said Thursday on
"I still don't understand why he left," Buss said. "He had his own reasons. People I guess maybe would be talking [angrily] about the billboard. That really seemed to rub people the wrong way. I thought it was a good idea. It obviously didn't mean anything to him."
Buss was referring to the "STAY" campaign unveiled by the Lakers last summer around Los Angeles.
Despite the Lakers (22-45) stumbling badly this season, and well on their way to their worst record since moving to Los Angeles, Buss said there were no plans to abandon ship.
"There's no reason for us to sell the team," she said. "My dad made a plan, he made it possible for us to keep the team and that was a lot of years and years and years of estate planning. We want to operate the team as a family and there's no reason for us to ever sell."
The one good part to a historically bad season — the Lakers will be fairly high heading into the May 20 draft lottery.
They are almost guaranteed a top-10 pick. They might even climb into top-five territory if they keep losing. Buss encouraged Lakers fans to watch the
"Who's our new baby going to be?" she said.
One thing bothered Buss — continual talk about the vetoed
"Every time we bring up the Chris Paul trade, we set ourselves back. I think we need to move on from it," she said. "To rehash it over and over again, I don't think it really solves anything."