Jim Buss is the owner and the man in charge of the Los Angeles Lakers. Mitch Kupchek, as general manager, is the one whose job it is to make roster moves and develop the team for the future. But Kobe Bryant may be the most influential man on the Lakers. Already we’ve seen Kobe Bryant sub himself into games and run the offense with more say than head coach Mike D’Antoni at many times. Other times, it doesn’t seem that Bryant has the say in big decisions that it seems like he does. Last fall, it was all-but-decided that Phil Jackson would succeed Mike Brown as the Lakers coach–a move publicly supported and requested by Kobe Bryant–but as you know that wasn’t the case and D’Antoni was hired.
Monday evening, Kobe tweeted this:
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) May 21, 2013
He points out his plans to discuss the future with Dwight Howard and ask the Buss’s that Gasol stays as well. Bryant was just reinforcing his position on this issue. He’s mentioned his hope to keep the two big men before. It’s nice to know that nothing has changed though. Many seem to think that this tweet improves the Lakers chances of retaining these players, as Kobe typically gets what he wants. It really brings up an interesting question…
Who do YOU think is the most influential person in the Lakers organization? Share your thoughts in the COMMENTS section below.