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September 24, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
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.
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September 23, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
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.
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September 22, 2013 | Times staff
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
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.
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September 10, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers may be fictionalized. According to Nellie Andreeva of Deadline.com , television network Showtime is "developing a one-hour scripted drama set behind the scenes of a pro basketball team and the family that runs it. " Jeanie Buss and Linda Rambis are behind the project through their production company, Street Reason Entertainment.  Former Lakers coach Phil Jackson and current assistant coach Kurt Rambis will also reportedly be...
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August 9, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers and owner/executive Jeanie Buss miss the late Jerry Buss in many ways. "The Laker way isn't the same because Dr. Buss isn't here," said Jeanie Buss on Thursday, live on ESPN Los Angeles-AM (710) with Mark Willard and Mychal Thompson. Jerry Buss died in February of complications from cancer. Jeanie Buss said her father might have been the key to keeping free agent center Dwight Howard, who left as a free agent to the Houston Rockets. "When it came time to try to convince Dwight to stay, we lost the best closer in the business in Dr. Buss," she said.
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August 9, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
According to Lakers all-star Kobe Bryant, listening is a vital part of leadership. "You have to be able to listen to what your teammates are saying," said Bryant in a YouTube clip released Thursday while he was on a tour of China with Nike. "You have to be observant," he continued. "Observe what they may be going through, what their emotions might be at that point and time. Then once you listen and observe, then you can figure out the best way to motivate them. There's no one way of doing it. It's always fluid, ever-changing because it all depends on the individual.
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August 8, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers co-owner and executive Jeanie Buss doesn't think Phil Jackson is done coaching. "It has to be the right situation," Buss said Thursday during a live radio segment on ESPN Los Angeles (710 AM). Buss, who is engaged to Jackson, said the former Lakers coach still has "that need where he's got to coach something. " Early last season, the Lakers fired Mike Brown but hired Coach Mike D'Antoni after interviewing Jackson for the position. According to Buss, Jackson believes the current roster is well-suited for D'Antoni.
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July 12, 2013
Dwight Howard looks like Tarzan, but plays like Jane. He is a second-rate star going to a second-rate city. Perfect fit. Good riddance! William David Stone Beverly Hills :: Why is Phil Jackson bad-mouthing Dwight Howard over his decision to leave the Lakers? Isn't this the same Phil Jackson who was offered the coaching job at the Lakers, asked for 48 hours to think it over, then was called the next evening around midnight to learn they gave the job to someone else? Why does Phil stand up for the team that said no to him?
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July 11, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
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.
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