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August 24, 2005 | Mark Heisler, Times Staff Writer
Meet the new Buss. Actually, Jim Buss, elder son and now the designated successor to his father, Jerry, as Laker owner, says he has been involved for eight years. It's just that no one noticed. Those days ended last season, when he went from role player to owner in training. His father began noting pointedly that Jim, who trained horses until he was 37 and only then became a part of the Laker organization, would replace him. Soon, Jim Buss was included in decisions at the highest level.
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February 28, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
The hand that once wrote about daily NBA schedules on a greaseboard in the Lakers' locker room now composes daily specials on a surfboard propped against a sunset-colored truck. Kona Sunset Shrimp Tacos, two for $7. The distinctive voice that once boomed through the halls of Staples Center now is heard from underneath a tiny window; instead of ordering Lakers players into their uniforms, it is now taking office workers' orders for lunch. Welcome to Sam Choy's Pineapple Express, may I help you?
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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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November 24, 2009 | By Mike Bresnahan
As the responsibilities get handed down from Lakers owner Jerry Buss to his son and daughter, more and more will be asked and demanded of Jim Buss . Jeanie Buss has already been given the business side of the Lakers by her father, but Jim is now entrusted with about 90% of his father's decision-making processes on the basketball personnel side, according to Jerry Buss. It's a sensible time for the shift, seeing as how the Lakers won the championship in June and are favored to win another one this season.
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January 31, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Magic Johnson will no longer complain about the Lakers. He promises. Johnson took to Twitter to call a cease-fire on himself after weeks of probing, questioning and even haranguing the Lakers. "I'm going to stop complaining. I'm going to support and encourage [team executive] Jim Buss and Coach [Mike] D'Antoni because I love the Lakers!" Johnson wrote Thursday night. "It doesn't do the Lakers players, coaches or ownership any good for me to complain. " He also added, "I want to give Coach D'Antoni credit because offensively he's put the Lakers' players in positions to be successful!"
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August 10, 2012 | T.J. Simers
It wasn't too long ago that Magic Johnson looked into a TV camera and said what most Lakers fans were thinking: "Jim Buss, brother, you have a job to do. "I'm telling you right now, because if you don't do it, you're going to hear from me. " So here he was again Thursday night, Magic bursting with excitement and saying over and over again, "Wow!"
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November 10, 2012 | T.J. Simers
Great news. Phil Jackson is writing another book, "Eleven Rings," but it's not scheduled to be published until next year, so there's plenty of time to change the title. And more great news as well for Devin Ebanks, who might be out celebrating for all we know. He gets arrested early Friday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence, it becomes public a few hours later but is lost moments later with the hullabaloo surrounding the dismissal of Lakers Coach Mike Brown.
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November 10, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers met with former coach Phil Jackson for preliminary talks Saturday, a feeling-out process expected to continue in coming days. Jackson got together with Lakers executives Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak to explore the prospects of his return to the team. The Lakers believe there is a 95% certainty he will be their next coach, according to a person familiar with the situation who was not authorized to discuss it publicly. Jackson has already contacted assistant coaches who have worked with him previously about joining the Lakers' staff, according to people familiar with the situation.
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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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November 12, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
The new Lakers coach famously wants his players to shoot in seven seconds or less. I'm not going to require that long to list the reasons that hiring Mike D'Antoni was yet another Buss blunder. He's never taken a team to an NBA Finals. He has a losing record in the playoffs. He doesn't coach defense. His sprinting offense will be tested on a team led by aging guys who no longer sprint. And, oh yeah, he's not Phil Jackson. I'll repeat what I wrote on Friday, only now with a greater and sadder emphasis: The only way the panicky firing of Mike Brown makes even an ounce of sense is if he was immediately replaced by Jackson.
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