dwighthowardsdad wrote:^Ok. Thanks for posting that. I never read that. Berger is a credible source. In or around that time, it was reported that Mitch could be looking at other options. I remember that. Additionally, I did see an interview when Mitch was out of town at a college game scouting because of the dismissal of Lester & and the scouts on the Lakers staff. So, a lot of those responsibilities fell on Mitch along with his other day to day duties.
I could see Mitch being upset over something like this & and the way it being handled. I don't think he would leave over that very reason, though. It would have to take something a lot bigger then Lester's departure. Mitch's contract is up soon, though. So, it will be interesting to see if he re-signs given all the rampant speculation of working with Jim and his buffoonery. I know I wouldn't want to work with my boss if was anything close to what Jim Buss is reported as being as incompetent as he has been in the media.
IMO, Mitch wouldn't work for anybody who kept interfering with his decisions and improperly handled delicate matters . Either way, this situation could have been handled differently with Lester, but it wasn't. I just don't get putting this on all Jim, yet. We'll see if Mitch re-signs. That should tell us what we need to know.
I never claim inside info, as I'm not an insider and I'm not usually anywhere close to that kind of knowledge.
However, I did have it on good authority close to the source that the rumor of Mitch's readiness to depart near the end of last year actually did have legs. Lazenby had reported it and I guess so did Berger.
It was actually real. Luckily, he and Jim/Jerry seemed to have worked that out, and I think he's happier now. It would take a lot for Mitch, as loyal a guy as there is, to consider moving on. But thankfully he did not.
Now if Jim is going to keep any credibility as an owner himself the very first thing on his radar this summer should be re-signing Mitch. Without Mitch, this would be a sinking ship. With Mitch locked down we should be in pretty darn good hands. Now if he'd only delegate the coaching hires to Mitch, too, I'd be really stoked.