The Los Angeles Lakers have fallen on hard times, but team executive Jeanie Buss is determined not to let th

e sink ship on her watch.

Buss, part-owner and president, says that if the team isn’t in contention soon, changes will be made, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

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“I’ve been assured by our basketball operations that the team will be back in contention soon. If we are not meeting those goals, then changes have to occur,” Buss said in a recent interview with Los Angeles News Group in her office at the Lakers’ practice facility. “I have no reason not to believe them when they tell me that’s what they can deliver. I don’t see what would be holding them back.”

The man in charge of basketball operations is her brother, Jim Buss. Their father, Jerry Buss, died in 2013 after having been owner during 10 NBA title seasons.

Jim Buss has said he would step down if the Lakers aren’t contenders in the next few seasons.

“We owe it to our shareholders, fans and partners that we have to move in a different direction to get this team back into contention,” Jeanie Buss said. “We made a commitment that we would operate the team the way Dr. Buss ran it.”

The Lakers were 16-45 heading into Sunday's game and will miss the playoffs for the second consecutive season.