Los Angeles Lakers CEO and President Jeanie Buss insists the moves the Brooklyn Nets made will ''bring out the best'' in the Purple and Gold. The Nets have one of the most talented teams in NBA history as they have Kyrie Irving, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge on their roster.
"It brings out the best in us," Buss said on Stephen A's World on ESPN+. "When teams identify us as the team to beat and they gear up to go at us head-to-head, that makes us work harder. "So, bring it on."
Buss doesn't see the Los Angeles Clippers and their owner Stebe Ballmer in that way. "I was an advocate for Steve Ballmer. I met with him as he was thinking about bidding for the team and I encouraged him to buy the team," Buss said.
"It's really important to me the success of the league and that we have people involved at team ownership levels that are committed to doing the right things, to be successful. I advocated for him and I'm happy he's a partner in this league."
Buss excited about the Andre Drummond addition
The Lakers got stronger after picking up former Cleveland Cavaliers center Drummond in the buyout market. "The addition of Andre Drummond, who we picked up in the buyout market, will certainly fortify a season where we've had to deal with injuries and COVID," Buss said.
"Having Marc Gasol, who is our starting center, was out for several weeks with COVID and a really tough case where he was on a minutes restriction even though he's back in the lineup." Buss doesn't want either LeBron James or Anthony Davis to rush with their comeback.
"That's what's important, is they get back healthy -- 100 percent healthy -- before they come back so that they stay healthy for the playoffs," Buss said. Buss also hopes fans will be able to attend playoffs games at Staples Center.
"We follow the L.A. County rules and restrictions and we will do everything that they dictate. We want to keep our fans safe. That's most important," she said. "But I'm a little bit jealous that the L.A. Dodgers are going to have fans for their opening game and really the difference is being outdoor as opposed to indoor like we are.
What I'm hoping for is we have fans in time for the playoffs. That's really what's missing. I think that's been a challenge for our players to stay motivated at home. I think we actually have a better road record than home. It's tough to play without that feedback, without that energy that the fans bring."