Lakers owner Jerry Buss isn't bothered by the season; Bynum to play tonight.
Lakers owner Jerry Buss stopped by to see his team the morning of their big game Thursday against San Antonio.
He gave a very brief interview afterward, but it was apparent he wasn't fazed by the roller-coaster season.
"I'm kind of used to up and down," he said. "We've had a lot of up-and-down seasons that turned out pretty up...and a few that have turned down. I'm not surprised or anything. Nothing's different."
Is he still hopeful the Lakers can pull off a three-peat?
"I'm always hopeful," Buss said. "Even when we didn't make the playoffs, I thought we'd win the championship."
And with that, he walked across the practice court to talk to one of his rookies, Devin Ebanks. The interview was done.
Several players approached Buss and shook his hand including, strangely enough, Ron Artest. They spoke privately for a few seconds and Artest was smiling.
Also at shoot-around, it became apparent that Andrew Bynum would play tonight after sitting out Tuesday's game against Houston because of a bone bruise in his left knee.
"He has every intention of going tonight," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said. "He went through shoot-around."
Photo: Lakers owner Jerry Buss is introduced as Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher applaud during the team's ring ceremony in October. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times