February 17, 2012 |
She sits in the first row behind the courtside seats, directly across from the Lakers' bench, the coolest seat in the house. For years, fans have stopped by to cheer with her, mourn with her, question her, or just hug her. For years, through showers of confetti and storms of boos, Jeanie Buss has always been in that seat, evolving into one of the most active, visible and trusted connections between Lakers management and the fans. Which makes you wonder why, this season, she's barely been around.
November 2, 1989 |
A gunman confronted the daughter of Jerry Buss inside her father's Great Western Forum sports arena and robbed her of $25,000 in jewels, police said today. Jeanie Buss, 28, director of tennis and volleyball for her father's California Sports Inc., was in the north stairwell on her way to her Inglewood Forum office when the gunman approached Wednesday morning. "She was shaken up. This is the first such burglary that has occurred on our premises," said Bob Steiner, spokesman for the Forum.
July 11, 2013 |
The Miami Heat challenged the Lakers' NBA record of 33 straight wins, but fell short in March with 27. On Wednesday, Jeanie Buss, part-owner and executive of the Lakers, reached out to the Washington Kastles of World TeamTennis for their 34th consecutive victory. "Winning 33 consecutive games was an amazing accomplishment by our 1971-72 Lakers team, as evidenced by the fact that no other team has come close to reaching it for over 40 years now," Buss said. "On behalf of the Buss family and the Lakers family, I want to congratulate the Washington Kastles, their players, and our good friends Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss on this milestone accomplishment of theirs.
September 10, 2013 |
Hoop dreams may be coming to Showtime. The premium cable network is developing a one-hour scripted project that goes behind the scenes of a pro basketball team, with a focus on the family that owns the team. Sound like a certain family that owns the Los Angeles Lakers? PHOTOS: Cable versus broadcast ratings It might. Ron Shelton, the creative force behind iconic sports movies such as "Bull Durham" and "White Men Can't Jump," is an executive producer of the project.
March 20, 2014 |
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.
April 2, 2013 |
The Lakers retired Shaquille O'Neal's No. 34 jersey at halftime on Tuesday as the team hosted the Dallas Mavericks. "The most gifted specimen I've ever seen play this game," said Kobe Bryant in a prepared video. "Historical, the run we had together. " Former Lakers coach Phil Jackson spoke next (to a Staples Center crowd chanting "We want Phil"), reminiscing about the fun times he had with O'Neal and the Lakers. "How much fun we had, the wins, the titles," said Jackson.
January 19, 2011 |
Reporting from Dallas. Play some defense. That's all the Lakers coaches asked of their players. Instead, the defense the Lakers played in a loss to the Mavericks on Wednesday night may have been the worst they have played this month. The Lakers' defense was so yielding that Coach Phil Jackson called a timeout with 31.1 seconds left in the third quarter rather than wait for the period to end. Jackson immediately got into the face of Lamar Odom , who had drifted once again to the wrong spot, opening the door for a three-point shot by Sasha Pavlovic that gave the Mavericks an 11-point lead.
March 19, 2012 |
Game stories -- The Times' Ben Bolch highlights Kobe Bryant's poor shooting performance in the Lakers' 103-99 loss Sunday to the Utah Jazz. -- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding notes how the Lakers' poor defense and a bad shooting night from Bryant contributed to the Lakers' loss. -- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford notes how it's rare for the Lakers to lose at home. -- The Salt Lake Tribune's Brian T. Smith credits the Jazz's win to its youth.
March 11, 1986 |
The best-laid plans of the Forum Championship Tennis series went astray Monday night--again--although this was an improvement. This time, the 4,831 fans who paid as much as $50 a seat got almost a full set from those they had come to see. In the past, the 11-month-old project of tournament director Jeanie Buss has been a sore spot for some of the game's top players. Literally. Jimmy Connors inaugurated the series last April by withdrawing with a back injury.
February 18, 2013 |
Here's the Lakers' statement on the death of owner Jerry Buss, who helped lead the team to 10 NBA championships since purchasing the franchise in 1979. Within the team's statement are comments from the Buss family. "Dr. Jerry Buss, longtime owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, passed away today at 5:55 a.m. after a long illness. He was 80 years old. "'We not only have lost our cherished father, but a beloved man of our community and a person respected by the world basketball community,' a statement released on behalf of the Buss family said.