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Jim Buss talks Kobe, Phil Jackson

Updated: April 18, 2012, 7:30 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Earlier in the season after Kobe Bryant had publicly called out Los Angeles Lakers management for leaving teammate Pau Gasol dangling in the trade winds for too long, Magic Johnson weighed in on the situation from afar.

Johnson, an NBA analyst for ESPN/ABC, suggested that Bryant should sit down with Lakers executive vice president of player personnel Jim Buss to smooth the rift over because, Johnson said, "Jim Buss is running the team."

Buss, the son of Lakers owner Dr. ...

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