In recent years, Magic’s criticism of Jim Buss has been direct and withering. In the past, he has called for him to relinquish power, criticized his decisions to hire Mike Brown and Mike D’Antoni, ripped him for failing to land marquee superstars. (Of course, he also once suggested that trading for Dwight Howard and Steve Nash should put Buss in the running for Executive of the Year.)
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But overall, Magic has been highly critical of the Lakers’ front office. So when Jim Buss called Johnson last Thursday, naturally, he wanted to know his intentions.
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Magic told Jim he was there to help, that he stood by his criticisms from the past but hoped they could move forward without that baggage. The answer and Johnson’s tone disarmed Buss. It was as close to a d¨¦tente as the two men, both 57 years old, had reached in years.
Buss agreed and asked to schedule a meeting after the All-Star break where he and general manager Mitch Kupchak could explain their decision-making over the past few seasons.
“I’m taking Magic at face value, that he’s here to help,” Jim Buss told ESPN. “He’s one of the greatest basketball players of all time. Who wouldn’t value his opinion? I’m excited to work with Magic for years to come.”
Of Kevin Love’s 115 3-point field goals, 113 have been assisted (98 percent), the highest percentage in the league among 25 players with 100 makes this season. LeBron James has assisted on 59 of those 115 3s, while the rest of the Cavaliers have assisted on 54.
That means 51 percent of Love’s 3s are coming directly off passes from James. The only higher percentages of a teammate’s 3s assisted on this season are James Harden to Ryan Anderson (65 percent), John Wall to Bradley Beal (65 percent) and James Harden to Trevor Ariza (56 percent).