The Los Angeles Lakers made more than a few questionable decisions over the course of the past year or so. At the moment, LA fans aren’t very confident that this team won’t make the same mistakes this coming offseason.
One of the biggest criticisms the Lakers brass has received pertains to the involvement of the Rambises when it comes to top-level decision-making. In particular, Lakers owner Jeanie Buss often consults with both Kurt and Linda Rambis on operational matters for the organization. Buss has heard the grumblings but at this point, she has made it clear that she’s not going to be changing her style anytime soon:
“I know that there’s been some unfair criticism of Kurt Rambis,” she said, via Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times. “I want to remind people, he’s been involved in the NBA for close to 40 years, that he has been a part of championship teams both as a player and assistant coach, he is someone I admire for his basketball knowledge.”
As a player, Kurt Rambis was indeed an all-time great. His credentials as a coach, however, leave a lot to be desired. Be that as it may, Rambis has been close friends with the Buss family and it is clear that he has a strong relationship in place with Jeanie.
The same can be said about his wife, Linda Rambis. Jeanie Buss also came to the defense of her friend:
“In terms of Linda Rambis, she does not have a role in the basketball department; her role is, as it’s been for the last almost 40 years, is as my advisor,” Buss said. “She and I have worked together for years and years and years. Why that has become an issue for people, I don’t understand.”
To be fair, Buss does make a lot of sense here. These two have been around for many years now and they were both present when the Lakers won the title in 2020. Not too many people were hating on them back then, right?