LOS ANGELES, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Despite averaging just 24 wins for the past two seasons, Los Angeles Lakers president and part owner Jeanie Buss thinks the team can compete for a title.
And she thinks the 11-46 Lakers can do it by next season.
USA Today's Sam Amick wrote: "there is no change to the timeline that Jim first shared in April of 2014, when he indicated that he would resign if the team wasn't contending for a title by next season." Amick said that general manager Mitch Kupchak would also likely be a part of that equation.
"I think that (Jim Buss) was very sure of himself when he promised that timeline, and I think that he has everything he needs to fulfill that promise of getting the team back competitive," Jeanie Buss told USA Today. "And when I say competitive, it's competing for the Western Conference Finals, which would mean at least second round (of the playoffs) – if not more..."
"They have earned the right to take the time that they've needed to put together what they want to have out on the court, and if they can't do that then we have to re-examine how things are going."