Jeanie Buss draws criticism for possibly subtweeting current Lakers stars as she opens up about missing Kobe Bryant

David Akerman
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The Los Angeles Lakers are in the midst of a very important offseason. The organization is trying to retool its roster in order to make it back to the playoffs.

L.A. missed the postseason altogether last season, as it went 33-49 and finished with the 11th seed in the Western Conference.

After Los Angeles’ season ended, Lakers owner Jeanie Buss stated that she was growing “impatient” with the team because she had expected it to go deep into the playoffs.

Late on Sunday, Buss tweeted out a message expressing how much she misses Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.

Given the wording of the tweet, some people took her message as a subtweet. Of course, many believe that the tweet took a shot at current Lakers star LeBron James, who has constantly been compared to Bryant since joining the franchise back in the summer of 2018.

While James is arguably the greatest player to ever play the game of basketball, he hasn’t enjoyed consistent success with the Purple and Gold.

In four seasons with the team, he has missed the playoffs two separate times. While James led the franchise to a title during the 2019-20 campaign, he was unable to get it out of the first round of the playoffs during the 2020-21 season.

During his time with the Lakers, James has averaged 27.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 8.2 assists per game while shooting 50.9 percent from the field and 35.3 percent from beyond the arc.

In recent years, he has dealt with injuries that have left many to wonder how much time he has left in the league. James will turn 38 in December and has not played in more than 56 regular season games in either of the past two seasons.

He’s surely hoping that the Lakers will be able to turn things around this season and get back to the NBA Finals. Only time will tell if there are some big changes made to the roster before the 2022-23 regular season begins.

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David is a University of Maryland graduate who has spent most of his life in Miami. He has experience in writing, editing and video production. He is a proud contributor of Lakers Daily.