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 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 10, 2013 |
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...
August 26, 2013 |
The Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation received $7,825 from the Mariani/Buss Celebrity Charity Event, presented by WPT Foundation -- held on Sunday at the Bicycle Casino. "We're here to raise money for the kids of the inner city," said Anthony Mariani, development director of the foundation. "Every dollar that we make goes straight to the community. " The tournament was held in honor of the late Jerry Buss, who passed away in February from cancer complications. "All of us kids played cards with my dad," said daughter Janie Drexel. "I know that his passion for poker was right up there with basketball.
August 19, 2013 |
Kobe Bryant was a popular topic last week, opening up to Jimmy Kimmel for an hour of conversation on Thursday in front of a packed house at Nokia Theatre. The Lakers All-Star guard told Kimmel he isn't sure if he'll play on opening night (Oct. 29), although he had said in recent interviews that his surgically repaired Achilles tendon feels "really, really good. " Shaquille O'Neal chimed in to say he sees Bryant trying to be ready for the season opener . Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak admitted, " Kobe is a big question mark . " Bryant also sees a return to Pau Gasol as a return to winning. He's also not a fan of how ESPN ranked the Lakers in the Western Conference.