Jeanie Buss Makes Strong Words For Lakers Amid Playoff Run
The Los Angeles Lakers are doing their best to secure their spot in the NBA Finals and team owner Jeanie Buss is really proud of their playoff run. The Lakers didn’t have much success last season and experts weren’t too confident about their performance this season. Well, the front office made some moves ahead of the trade deadline and things worked really well for the storied franchise. LeBron James and Anthony Davis did wonders on the basketball court and Austin Reaves was a pleasant surprise for the team.
We can freely say that the Lakers got rid of the players who didn’t fit in the scheme. Russell Westbrook was the biggest issue on the roster and he’s gone now. The same goes to Patrick Beverley, Juan Toscano-Anderson, Damian Jones, and Thomas Bryant. The Lakers decided to trust D’Angelo Russell, Jarred Vanderbilt, Malik Beasley, Mo Bamba, and Davon Reed. Getting these guys was of great help for the purple and gold.
Jeanie Buss trusts the Lakers in their playoff run
Buss is proud of everything her players have accomplished in the season.
“I’m proud of this Lakers team this season,” Buss told Natasha Dye from PEOPLE. “We started off poorly, and it would’ve been easy to give up. These guys committed to each other and really came in the second half of the season and made a nice playoff push, which is really what the fans want. They made that sacrifice for the greater good, for the team, and they’ve accomplished a lot because of that.”
The Lakers owner likes Reaves
Reaves may has some questions about his future in LA, but Buss really likes his potential.
“There’s something about him that he just never gives up, and that’s inspiring and contagious with his teammates,” Buss said. “He does all the little things that get us in a position to be successful.”
The young player averages 17.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game while doing 49.0% from the field, 41.2% from beyond the arc, and 77.8% from the free-throw line. Reaves will be restricted free agent in the summer and hopefully, the Lakers will be able to keep him.
“Yeah I wanna be a Laker,” Reaves told Charania. “Obviously, they gave me the first opportunity. I was a huge Laker fan growing up. Big Kobe [Bryant] fan. So honestly, just to be able to play for the Lakers organization is special and I wanna be a Laker. So hopefully we can get this done and I can stay there for hopefully my whole career.”