Rooscooter wrote:I'll add two things.... first lets see what happens..... and two.... what "talent" have we evaluated at an even average level in the last decade?..... so far the results aren't materially different.
The only "find" we've had is Bynum..... and by all accounts he was found by our new "lead scout"....
A bunch of guys on an internet forum judging a guy for hiring a a friend and keeping the money in the family seems somehow amusing to me......
Strange post from you. I seriously doubt you would run your business this way.
And Bynum was not found by any scout currently working for the Lakers. He was Lester's find.
Well, I don't have a real good idea of how the Lakers scouting was structured were run B.J. (before Jimmy) so I have nothing to compare it to.... I also am aware of the results of the last decade or so. I wouldn't say that Jerry Buss got a real good return on our previous approach to scouting so, while it could get worse.... it could also get better. I think, at the end of the day, Mitch is a very large voice in evaluating talent and always seems to get overlooked in these "Jimmy is the anti-Christ" discussions.
Jerry Buss has run the Lakers in a similar manner...... and if you can remember back to when he bought the team there were similar articles about his inner circle and all of the other things Jerry was doing at the time.
The Bynum "find" may have been Lester as far the Lakers were concerned, but he was no means the only one that knew about Bynum and I thought that Jimmy forced the pick of Andrew over someone that the scouting staff and Mitch wanted..... Sean May I believe. I could be wrong but I thought that was how that worked out. Whether that's an example of the fable of the "Blind Squirrel" or that he has a "knack" for it remains to be seen I guess.
Our results haven't been real good in the last decade, however the Lakers don't really rely on the draft that much. I've always thought we've missed opportunities that others have taken advantage of (San Antonio for example) but for some reason Jerry never saw the need..... I personally disagree with that but it isn't just a recent development.....
As for my business..... I don't mix business and family.... never will. Something I learned early on. The Buss family was raised as a family to run the business from all accounts that I've read..... to each his own.