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Lakers News: Kobe Bryant will get 'farewell tour' says Jeanie Buss

EL SEGUNDO, CA - AUGUST 10: Jim Buss and his sister Jeanie Buss of the Los Angeles Lakers attend a news conference where Dwight Howard was introduced as the newest member of the team at the Toyota Sports Center on August 10, 2012 in El Segundo, California
EL SEGUNDO, CA - AUGUST 10: Jim Buss and his sister Jeanie Buss of the Los Angeles Lakers attend a news conference where Dwight Howard was introduced as the newest member of the team at the Toyota Sports Center on August 10, 2012 in El Segundo, California
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The last two years have been difficult to say the least for the Los Angeles Lakers and things only got worse with Phil Jackson leaving town in favor of the New York Knicks. On March 18, Jeanie Buss spoke to Bill McDonald of TWC SportsNet about Phil leaving and a number of different topics including how they'll send off Kobe Bryant when the time comes according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin:

"Jeanie Buss teared up on @TWCSportsNet lamenting that the team didn't get to give Magic Johnson a farewell tour. They will do so w/ Kobe."

With Kobe signing a two-year contract extension recently, the Lakers are committed to the five-time NBA champion moving forward. There's no telling what kind of player Kobe will be once finally able to get back on the floor next season, but the Lakers are confident in their face of the franchise and want to send him off the right way.

Along with Kobe entering the twilight of his NBA career, the Lakers must find a way to right the ship heading into the upcoming NBA off-season. Jeanie remains confident the team will be able to turn it around, but Dr. Jerry Buss is no longer around to lean on for experience and guidance.

After Kobe made the comments about needing the team to get back on the right track before next season, the team may be forced to make some moves that weren't intended. Going after potential free agent Carmelo Anthony may be that move, but the star forward still needs to opt-out of his contract with the New York Knicks in order for the team to pursue him in free agency.

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