October 21, 2013 |
Bill Sharman is 87 years old. Saturday afternoon, he had a mild stroke. These things hit us like lightning bolts of reality. Los Angeles has more than its share of sports legends. We are blessed. We thought John Wooden would live forever. We were wrong. Jim Murray, Jerry Buss, Chick Hearn, Jack Kramer. We just assumed there, too. It is not right that there isn't still a booth at Julie's, with John McKay firing off one-liners. We cling to our special people. Tommy Lasorda is our living proof that pasta is a vegetable.
September 26, 2013 |
When Jerry Buss passed away in February, he left his ownership stake in the Lakers to his six children. While Jim and Jeanie Buss are the face of the team -- Jim making the basketball decisions and Jeanie running the team's business operations -- Johnny, Jesse, Joey and Janie (Drexel) also own a portion of the team. Alex Lambeth and Jory Dreher of LakerNation.com caught up with the youngest of Buss' children, Jesse, who works as both the Lakers' scouting coordinator and is the D-Fenders' director of scouting.
September 25, 2013 |
The following message was recently sent by Lakers owner/executive Jeanie Buss to season-ticket holders: Dear Lakers Season Seat Holders, As we embark on our first season since the passing of Dr. Jerry Buss, the brilliant guiding hand of the Lakers for 34 years, we are confident that the template he created will serve us well as we move our organization forward. While last season ended in disappointment, that will not stop us from the goal of seeking to put the best talent possible together and strive for excellence both on and off the court, with the ultimate goal of being in the championship hunt again. And although we weren't able to fulfill Dr. Buss' dream of seeing us win our 17th NBA title, I am confident that when that day comes, he will be watching over us with pride.
September 23, 2013 |
Jeanie Buss did not take the news well that the Lakers were hiring Mike D'Antoni to replace Mike Brown as the team's head coach last November. "Two days after Phil [Jackson] got that phone call, I was at the gym when I started crying so hysterically that they sent me home," wrote Buss in her updated memoir "Laker Girl," written with former Times sportswriter Steve Springer. Before D'Antoni was hired, executives Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak met with Jackson to discuss the possibility of bringing back the Hall of Fame coach.
September 22, 2013 |
In Jeanie Buss' updated memoir "Laker Girl," written with former Times sportswriter Steve Springer and published by Triumph Books, she writes about the firing of Lakers Coach Mike Brown last November. In this excerpt Buss, head of the team's business operations, describes the whirlwind weekend after Brown's firing when her fiance , former Lakers Coach Phil Jackson, talked to the front office about returning as coach. Ultimately, her brother Jim Buss, head of player personnel; General Manager Mitch Kupchak, and her late father and Lakers owner, Jerry Buss, decided to hire Mike D'Antoni instead of Jackson.
September 15, 2013 |
Outfielder Nick Buss made his first major league start for the Dodgers, a day after he got his first major league hit. That capped a whirlwind of a weekend for the former USC standout, who didn't arrive at Dodger Stadium until shortly before game time Saturday. Buss led the Pacific Coast League in runs batted in this season, batting .303 with 100 RBIs in 131 games at triple-A Albuquerque. When the minor league season ended two weeks ago, he and Albuquerque teammate Alex Castellanos reported to the Dodgers' training facility in Arizona to stay sharp in case they were needed in Los Angeles.