11/26/2012 07:46 am ET

The Lakers And The Buss Family Missteps

There is really only one insurmountable problem for any sports fan — one problem that neither the fan nor the team itself can fix — and that is a bad owner. Bad players can be cut or traded. Bad coaches can be fired. Bad managers can be turfed out to their new careers as boring television announcers. Bad stadia can be torn down and new ones built — provided, of course, that the fans in question, in their other capacity as taxpayers, can be counted on to be such suckers that they shouldn't be allowed to tie their shoes. Bad weather can be handled with a roof. But there is no solution to a bad owner.

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