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February 17, 2012
I've been happily married to the Lakers for 45 years. They've given me many great moments, and 11 unforgettable championships. But the passion is fading. The Lakers are showing their age, and the losses are mounting. As a result, the frequency of our television interludes has slipped. And now along come the perky, new-look Clippers. Chris Paul is adorable. Blake Griffin is electric! They run. They dunk. They win! Despite best intentions, I find myself infatuated with these Clippers, thinking about them constantly.
April 27, 2014 | By Patt Morrison
Nowadays, it's the price tag that makes a house famous. The most expensive U.S. home ever sold, a single-family Connecticut house bought by a company, recently went for $120 million. It used to be the owners who made the house famous. Which made Beverly Hills' Pickfair, after the White House, perhaps the most famous house in the country as the home of moviedom's Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. The next owner of Pickfair rose in the pantheon as well: Jerry Buss, who made the L.A. Lakers one of the winningest franchises in NBA history.
January 21, 1995 | SHELBY GRAD
Heavy demand by disabled people and senior citizens to use the county's Access bus service has forced transit officials to delay adding new subscribers until March. Orange County Transportation Authority officials said riders who have used the service on a regular basis are having a hard time making appointments. Under federal law, half of the rides provided by the shuttle service can be for these scheduled services, said John Standiford, an OCTA spokesman.
April 25, 2014
Jim Buss says he will resign in three or four years [April 20] if the Lakers are not back on top because that will mean he has failed. Dude, you have already failed both the team and its fans by your evident lack of leadership, so why must we wait so long for you to ultimately depart? How about in three or four months you turn over the team reins to someone more competent than you! Why should we twist in the wind for the obvious to become even more obvious? Goodbye and good riddance, Jim, we won't miss you at all. Roy Reel Culver City :: Jim Buss said if the Lakers aren't contending for an NBA title in three or four years he will step aside and let someone else run the team and make player personnel decisions.
November 17, 2002
The "problem" with two men kissing on screen will lessen as it becomes more common. Already on television, the initial shock at the male love scenes on "Queer as Folk" and "Six Feet Under" has subsided into a ho-hum attitude, similar to the response to male buttocks on "NYPD Blue." Just give it some time and stop making a big deal about it. Joseph Cooper Santa Barbara
February 20, 2013 | By Paul Thornton
It would be hard to overstate Jerry Buss' impact on the Lakers empire. The 30-year-plus owner of the NBA franchise, who died Monday at age 80, oversaw an era in which the team averaged a championship almost once every three years and injected some purple and gold into L.A.'s Dodger blue blood. Not surprisingly, The Times' print edition on Tuesday was filled with articles on Buss, both on the front page and in the Sports section. The coverage online has also been exhaustive. But for some readers, The Times' coverage was overkill.
March 5, 2005 | Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
Phil Jackson and Laker owner Jerry Buss had dinner earlier in the week at Buss' Playa del Rey home, where they talked about Jackson's recent trip to Australia, relived a few old times and perhaps buried a hatchet or two. One important question did not come up. "They did not discuss the coaching situation," Laker spokesman John Black said. Jackson was there with his longtime girlfriend, Laker executive Jeanie Buss, Jerry's daughter.
February 23, 1986
I could not help but take notice of Evelyn Keyes' article on the screen kiss, and David Kolpacoff's subsequent letter taking issue with Keyes' description of male and female head positioning during the early days of cinema osculation ("Ah, the Good Old Screen Kiss," Jan. 19). As author of "The Book of Kisses" (Dembner Books/W. W. Norton), I came across just about every kind of kiss imaginable during my 13 years of research. Kisses in films were indeed usually enacted with the man in a "superior" position, and the man was also frequently taller than the woman.
October 26, 2005 | Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
As Phil Jackson stood in the glare of TV camera lights in mid-June, he gave his reasons for returning to coach the Lakers. The lure of the game. The challenge of a beleaguered roster. The girlfriend.
February 23, 2004 | J.A. Adande
The Lakers' crystal ball never has been murkier, yet the one vision of the future that owner Jerry Buss can see most clearly is one with Kobe Bryant. Buss was on his way out of America West Arena on Sunday after the Lakers' 104-92 victory over the Phoenix Suns, and was asked why he sounded so much more definitive about Bryant's long-term relationship with the Lakers during a television interview than he did about Shaquille O'Neal's or Phil Jackson's.
April 23, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Jerry Buss' show-stopping mansion in Playa del Rey has sold for $5.1 million. The custom Italian-style villa was built in 1998 by the late Los Angeles Lakers owner and billionaire, and it shows. Lakers logos are incorporated in the home's stained-glass double-door entry, which opens to a rotunda. Spanish tile floors, wood-beam ceilings and a winding staircase continue the architectural style inside. A three-stop elevator also connects the 10,846 square feet of living space. There are multiple balconies, three fireplaces, seven bedrooms and 11 bathrooms -- just enough excess to befit the man who transformed the local professional basketball team into what became known as "Showtime" by giving seats to celebrities and entertaining fans with the Laker Girls.
April 19, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The six brothers and sisters, with a gap of 31 years from eldest to youngest, gathered in the winter near the first anniversary of their father's death to discuss some problems about the family business. It's also the city's treasured sports team - the Lakers. The team was nose-diving in the standings, losing the interest of fans, and grinding toward its worst season since the team moved to Los Angeles in 1960. So Jeanie Buss posed an elementary question to her siblings: What was going on with the Lakers?
April 8, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
It could always be worse. The Lakers could have been pounded into a sad corner of team history with Dwight Howard in Houston's lineup. So they got hit with the next worst thing, losing to the Rockets without the injured Howard, 145-130, and clinching their most miserable win-loss record since moving to Los Angeles in 1960. With four games to go, the Lakers (25-53) already outdid the 1974-75 team that went 30-52. The Lakers keep seeking stability, a main reason team executives Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak recently sat down with Kobe Bryant for a clear-the-air meeting, The Times has learned.
April 2, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SACRAMENTO -- Sad news for Lakers writers. There might be only seven games left to cover the eminently quotable, entirely likable Nick Young . But good news for Young: Lakers governor Jeanie Buss loves his personality, seeing a player who can connect with fans. It might not lead to more money when he becomes a free agent this summer, because Buss defers to her brother, Jim , and Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak to make the business decisions. But it can't hurt the player who calls himself "Swaggy P," the "P" still an unknown entity that Young is reluctant to reveal.
March 24, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
For much of our adult lives, the Lakers have been the toast of the town. That's why the anguish is so understandable now that they are merely toast. But in the midst of all the noise, have we not missed some of the more salient points? Are we so engrossed in our need for instant gratification that we cannot look beyond the most recent tweet? Even as we dissect everything about the Lakers as if they were biology-class frogs, aren't we getting off track a bit? There is no intention here of being an apologist.
March 20, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
If the Lakers and New York Knicks fight for a franchise-turning free agent in coming summers, Lakers governor Jeanie Buss isn't worried. But wouldn't new Knicks President Phil Jackson and his 13 championship rings (11 as a coach, two as a player) have more drawing power than Lakers executives Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak? “That's not true. I don't agree with that,” Jeanie Buss said Thursday on ESPN 710. “I think the Lakers are a legacy franchise. I think that players know when they come here this is the ultimate platform.
June 14, 2000 | J.A. ADANDE
The Lakers are so close, yet Jerry Buss remains far away. It has been 20 years since Buss won his first championship as owner of the Lakers, 12 years since he won his fifth. With his team leading the Indiana Pacers, two games to one, in the NBA finals, Buss has chosen to remain in Southern California instead of joining the crowd in Conseco Fieldhouse. "The crowd cheers for the wrong team on the road," Buss said from his beach house in North San Diego County.
November 29, 2004 | Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
Teams will be lining up with offers for Karl Malone if he decides to play a 20th season, but Laker owner Jerry Buss said Sunday he was confident Malone would return to the Lakers, regardless of other proposals. Malone, 41, had microfracture surgery on his right knee in June and is expected to decide in about a month whether he will play this season.
March 20, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers took their team photo on Thursday, well most of them. Jordan Hill missed the annual event, arriving late to the team's practice facility, according to a Lakers spokesman. Also absent in the photo is any member of the Buss family, with owners Jim and Jeanie Buss sitting out.   It's team photo day at El Segundo. #GoLakers - Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 20, 2014 After the passing of Jerry Buss last February, the Lakers honored their late owner with a basketball sitting on an empty chair in between Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard.
March 20, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan and Eric Pincus
Here's the Lakers' newest nightmare development, other than the play-so-terribly-they-miss-playoffs one they're living now. It starts with plenty of money to spend on free agents. And there's a player or two who can change a franchise. But he's also being recruited by the New York Knicks. Phil Jackson vs. the Lakers? Could easily happen. It won't be in July unless the Lakers show a renewed interest in Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony should he opt out of his contract. But next year, when Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge could be available, the Knicks and Lakers will have plenty of money.
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