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.
August 11, 2012 |
Lakers owner Jerry Buss underwent a surgical procedure Thursday, but the team would not provide many details. "He did have surgery and it went fine," Lakers spokesman John Black said. "He's not home yet, but he's expected to make a full recovery. " Black would not discuss the procedure. Buss' son, Jim, the Lakers' executive vice president of player personnel, on Friday told Times columnist T.J. Simers that his father got "out of surgery 14 hours ago" when the owner called Friday morning wanting details about the Lakers' acquisition of Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic.
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.
September 24, 2013 |
Shaquille O'Neal used to torment the Sacramento Kings when he was with the Lakers. Now the four-time NBA champion is a partial owner of the Kings. According to Sam Amick of USA Today , O'Neal has purchased a minority stake from owner Vivek Ranadive. "What interested me in this deal is the new vision, the new Kings, the new everything," O'Neal said, according to the newspaper. "I've always wanted to be something like this. " O'Neal and the Lakers beat the Kings each year in their three-title run from 2000-02.
June 20, 2013 |
Phil Jackson is still a part of the Lakers, through history and engagement, but the franchise is carrying on despite his Hall-of-Fame shadow. Jackson sat with his fiancée, Lakers executive and part-owner Jeanie Buss, on Wednesday night at an event hosted by Time Warner Cable Media honoring the late Jerry Buss. As Jeanie graciously answered questions about the team's first year with Time Warner Cable SportsNet, Jackson sat quietly. "[Time Warner] exceeded even beyond our wildest expectations; the amount of time and coverage that the team received was really what our fan base had been asking for," said Buss.
April 30, 2013 |
On farewell day, they waved until their hands hurt. Kobe Bryant pleaded for Lakers management to pay millions to Dwight Howard, millions to Pau Gasol, millions for the luxury tax, anything to keep the Lakers together for the final year of his contract. "It's a lot on the table for them . . . it's a tough call to make," Bryant said. "But then again, it is one more year . . . it's one more year. " Mitch Kupchak confirmed the Lakers still want to re-sign Howard, then pleaded for him to make his decision quickly so they can figure out if they can keep Kobe happy.
June 14, 2011 |
Suddenly, the spigot of outrage turned off. The decadent buffet line of rips and quips and clever observations ceased to exist during the NBA playoffs. Mark Cuban went on a lockout. Of himself. Of course this wasn't quite locking up the keys and throwing them away. But starting with the second-round playoff series against the Lakers, the passionate Mavericks owner managed to pull off what was once thought to be nearly impossible. When he did talk, he really didn't say anything, not even when asked about having any interest in buying the Dodgers.
May 21, 2005
Last month we were told Phil Jackson was leaning 51% toward returning to coach in the NBA next season and now he doesn't have a driving urge to come back to coach. Is he leveraging Dr. Buss for even more money or does the Zen Master have a commitment problem? Either way, I bet the Lakers or Jeanie Buss won't have a ring on their finger anytime soon. Larry Yells Hermosa Beach For months, I have been grappling with my Mercedes. The air pressure in the tires was always getting low. Every time I pulled into a gas station, I had to ask the attendant to fill it up with air as well as gas. I was mystified as to what to do about it until I saw the interview with Jerry Buss.
June 15, 2005 |
She has been Phil Jackson's most visible supporter and most vocal cheerleader. She has campaigned for his return to the Laker coaching job in front of the cameras and behind the scenes. She has been romantically involved with Jackson since he first coached the team six years ago and has publicly bemoaned that he won't marry her. Yet on Tuesday, when Jackson was rehired as the Laker coach, when his return was announced at Staples Center, Jeanie Buss was nowhere to be seen.
June 21, 2013 |
A week ago at a talk about his memoir, "Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success," at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, Jackson said he'd be kidding himself to consider another coaching position. "When I was done I knew I was done -- physically it was over," Jackson said. "Even after I got a knee replacement and a prostatectomy in the last year and a half. " A more recent dialogue with The Times at an event for Time Warner Cable Media on Wednesday revealed a much more ambiguous stance.