The late-breaking news Sunday night has sent the Los Angeles Lakers into a bit of a downward spiral. The Lakers and Byron Scott parted ways and now the new era can finally begin.

However, there seemed to be a little confusion as to who made the final call to not pick up the next season in Scott’s contract. President Jeanie Buss usually makes the final decision, but has said to have kept her hands off the basketball-related issues. CBS Sports reported earlier this month that Buss was pushing for Scott behind the scenes.

USA Today clarified the move, saying Buss had nothing to do with the decision to part ways with Scott. Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak were “given full authority to make this basketball choice.”

In the back of everyone’s mind is to wait and see whether Jim Buss is going to step down. When he took the job, he promised the Lakers would be back into contention within three years. That hasn’t happened and the Lakers have fallen into the basketball abyss.

There still is a lot more that has to be done to fix this team — on and off the court.


Posted by Ryan Gaydos

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the LA Sports Pulse. When I'm not doing that or asleep, I am running's homepage. Follow me on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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