January 15, 2014 |
Magic Johnson has never been reluctant to give his opinion on how the Lakers are playing, and Wednesday he said the problems on the court can be traced to the owner's office. Johnson, whose Hall of Fame playing career included five NBA titles in his 13 seasons with the Lakers, says owner Jim Buss needs to take a few pages from the book written by his father Jerry Buss, who made the Lakers one of the most successful and entertaining franchises in professional sports. “This is what happens when you make the wrong decisions, two coaching wrong decisions, giving Steve Nash that deal, it's backfired,” Johnson said during a meeting at The Times between Dodgers officials and Times writers and editors.
December 14, 2013 |
It's showtime, so to speak. No, not on the basketball court at Staples Center, but in Playa del Rey, where Jerry Buss' mansion has come on the market at $5.95 million. The custom Italian-style villa, built in 1998 by the late Los Angeles Lakers owner and billionaire, is a showstopper. For starters, Lakers logos adorn the stained-glass double-door entry set in a rotunda. Inside, a hallway with Spanish tile floors and a wood-beam ceiling leads to a winding staircase. On the second level, wood floors step down to the living room where columns flank the fireplace.
December 6, 2013 |
Jerry Buss' Playa del Rey mansion has come on the market at $5.95 million. The late Los Angeles Lakers owner had the Italian-style villa custom built in 1998. The hilltop estate features slam-dunk views of the ocean, marina and cityscape. Lakers logos adorn the stained-glass double-door entry. Among features are a winding staircase, beamed ceilings, a wood-paneled library, a grand terrace off the living room, a rooftop deck with a spa, balconies, three fireplaces, seven bedrooms and 11 bathrooms.
November 26, 2013 |
The Lakers and Kobe Bryant agreed to a contract extension Monday, a move the team was willing to make before seeing Bryant return to game action from a torn Achilles' tendon. "We didn't see the point of waiting," said Lakers owner/executive Jim Buss. "As far as trusting Kobe coming back on the court, you're a fool if you don't think he's going to [play well]. I have 100% faith. " Buss joined General Manager Mitch Kupchak on the TWC SportsNet pregame show. "There's no doubt that he's going to return and that he'll play at a high level," Kupchak said.
October 26, 2013 |
Phil Jackson seems entirely content with his life, sitting at a corner table as the hummus and pita go quickly in the afternoon din of a Playa Vista eatery. It's not quite what he envisioned last November when the Lakers interviewed him for their unexpected coaching vacancy, but it's not bad, thank you. Of course he watches the Lakers on TV, lives them almost daily with fiancee and team governor Jeanie Buss. But he doesn't see returning in any capacity to the team he was prepared to coach after Mike Brown got fired early last season.
October 25, 2013 |
The NBA, the Lakers and, yes, even the Boston Celtics, lost a legend on Friday as Hall of Famer Bill Sharman died after suffering a stroke earlier in the week. Sharman, who was 87, was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame both as a player and a coach. He played with the Celtics but as a head coach led the 1971-72 Lakers to their first title in Los Angeles. "Today is a sad day for anyone who loves and cares about the Lakers,” team President Jeanie Buss said in a statement.