October 30, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Blake (right) talks with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban (left) before the game at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Mark Cuban doesn't think Lakers will ever be the Lakers again

There are many that are concerned about the future of the Los Angeles Lakers. However, many point to the uncertainty of Kobe Bryant as being the prime suspect in such case.

The Lakers have not looked like “THE LAKERS” in the past two seasons and one Mark Cuban, the Dallas Mavericks outspoken owner, doesn’t think it’s just the lack of talent on the roster. Instead, Cuban focused on the death of Lakers owner Jerry Buss as being the biggest reason as to why the Lakers have been struggling of late.

. Since then, the Lakers have lost out to Dwight Howard — who bolted  to Houston — and gave a head-scatching $48.5 million to Kobe Bryant for the next two seasons. Most recently, they also lost out on Phil Jackson.

[Full-Court Press]

“Jerry Buss was the Lakers, so I don’t know if the Lakers will ever be the Lakers,” Cuban said prior to the Mavs’ 94-89 win over Boston on Monday. “I don’t think there was a smarter owner in the history of the NBA than Jerry Buss, so that’s tough to replace.

“I don’t think people realize just how good of an owner Jerry was. I looked up to him a lot. Absolutely. So I don’t know if the Lakers will ever be the Lakers.”

Cuban continued to praise the former Lakers owner:

“He just understood fans, entertainment, players, how to balance all of it together, how to deal with the NBA, when to listen to [ex-NBA commissioner] David (Stern) and when to ignore him and when to tell him what to do,” Cuban said.

The Lakers are currently 23 games under .500 and are near the bottom of the Western Conference. In the past two seasons, the Lakers have a combined 67-82 record. Meh.

Definitely tough times in LA.


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