Phil Jackson

Former Laker coach Phil Jackson will take his talents from the sideline to the front office when he joins the New York Knicks next week as president of the club. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / April 21, 2010)

Lakers' ownership announces they've signed Kobe to a max contract without knowing the status of his health, Phil announces he's signing with the Knicks, and Webster's dictionary announces they're putting a picture of Jim next to the word "Blunderbuss."

Jerry Leibowitz

Culver City

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You could put Phil Jackson, Pat Riley and Jerry West in the Lakers' front office and they still wouldn't be able to surround the aging $24-million-per-year Kobe Bryant with enough talent to resurrect the Lakers in one or two years because there isn't enough room left under the salary cap. Bryant will just have to endure his frustration over the Lakers losing all the way to the bank.

Gerry Swider

Sherman Oaks

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Just as no one reasonably expects Magic's son to be as great as he was on the court, we're kidding ourselves to think that just because his father was arguably one of the greatest pro sports owners ever, the rest of the Buss family can fill his shoes. While we can all hope that the kids will put the team and their fans ahead of their own egos and wishes, it's hard to believe they will suddenly put anything, least of all fans, ahead of their own agendas.

RIP, Dr. Buss.

Jeff Heister

Chatsworth

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The Laker brand is currently taking a hit, like serving sour milk (while the Clipper brand serves up a new and improved chocolate milk). If Jerry Buss were alive, he would have simply bought the best producing cow, Phil Jackson. I think Jim Buss is lactose intolerant. With Phil going to the Knicks, who's the goat now?

Jeff Black

Beverly Hills

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Nice to see that Kobe has once again donned his general manager cap and issued a veiled ultimatum to the Buss family. Where was that critical eye when he let the Lakers sign an aging, injury-prone superstar to nearly $50 million for two years?

Jon Hastings

San Luis Obispo