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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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
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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.
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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 pic.twitter.com/epoQ4zQAME - 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.
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March 19, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant deserves both his contract and a farewell tour as a Laker, according to owner/executive Jeanie Buss. "We never got an opportunity to do the farewell tour for Magic Johnson," Buss said on " Access SportsNet " via Time Warner Cable SportsNet. Early in the season, Bryant agreed to a two-year, $48.5-million contract extension. "Kobe, by signing that deal, will have played 20 years for one organization," said Buss.  "I guarantee that won't happen again. ... We don't draft players at 17 anymore.
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March 19, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
On Tuesday, the New York Knicks introduced Phil Jackson as president. Later that night, Jeanie Buss, the Lakers co-owner and executive who is Jackson's fiancée, said the Lakers didn't have a job for him. "He was not offered any official position," said Buss on " Access SportsNet " on Time Warner Cable SportsNet.  "There were a lot of Laker functions that Phil was with me, because he was there to support me in no official capacity....
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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.
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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.
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March 19, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Let there be no doubt. Jeanie Buss is the Lakers' most powerful executive. "Ultimately the buck stops with me," she said in an interview with Time Warner Cable SportsNet. "I'm president and governor of the team and I have empowered the basketball operations, the front office, to put together a basketball team, working within the confines of the collective-bargaining agreement. " She indicated why the Lakers gave Kobe Bryant a two-year, $48.5-million contract extension last November before he returned from a torn Achilles' tendon.
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March 11, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
They are losing more games by larger margins than anyone could imagine. They are losing more fans in bigger chunks than anyone thought possible. They have lost star players to injuries, star free agents to other teams, star power in their building to the Clippers, and even the glitter off that star from the hamburger ad that occasionally adorns the backs of the Laker Girls. None of which compares to what they could be losing next. REPORT: Kobe Bryant will "absolutely not" play again this season The Lakers are about to lose one of the greatest minds in basketball history, and they appear too dysfunctional to do anything about it. If Phil Jackson is indeed going to take over the front office of the New York Knicks in the coming days - as has been reported by several outlets - a serious question should be posed to the Buss children, who seem intent on quickly frittering away their revered father's legacy.
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