October 31, 2006 |
Sparks President Johnny Buss, who has run the WNBA franchise through eight seasons, said Monday that he is stepping down. He also said there is a possibility that the team would be put up for sale. Although Buss did not name an immediate successor, he disclosed that General Manager Penny Toler had already started taking more responsibility for running the day-to-day operation. Toler, a former Sparks player who was hired as general manager in 1999, could not be immediately reached for comment.
July 14, 1999 |
While the WNBA's best players show off their talents in tonight's All-Star game, league executives will meet this week in New York behind closed doors to discuss a fallen star--Los Angeles. What's up with owner Jerry Buss and son Johnny? Are they looking for a way out of their WNBA commitment? And if their commitment to the WNBA enterprise is total and unconditional, why won't they say so?
June 10, 1999 |
Remember the old Sparks, stuck in the mediocrity of two seasons without a winning record, often overmatched against the WNBA's best teams? Those were the old Sparks. In Sparkland today, there is optimism and a growing confidence, the mean old times pushed further back into everyone's memory. After their blockbuster draft day May 4, the Sparks now are bent on happier times.
February 21, 2013 |
The stage was filled with flowers and gold. The audience was filled with short skirts and diamonds. Davis Gaines elegantly sang "Music of the Night," while, on the screen behind him, there appeared a photo of Jerry and Jimmy Buss crooning karaoke. Several members of the USC marching band played "Amazing Grace," but they did so while wearing their sunglasses. The first song was from "Toy Story," the last song was from Sinatra, and in between, the stage flashed photos of Jerry Buss hanging out with his grandchildren, his buddy Hugh Hefner, and his poker chips.
July 22, 1999 |
Here's some bad news for WNBA Western Conference teams: Coach Orlando Woolridge may have bottled the magic elixir that drove the Sparks to Sunday's upset victory over the Houston Comets. They impressed again Wednesday night, routing the Phoenix Mercury, 84-63, at the Great Western Forum and moving into a second-place tie with Sacramento at 12-6 in the conference standings. Suddenly, the Sparks are playing the WNBA's best ball.
June 12, 2007 |
With Jerry, Jim and Jeanie Buss all speaking out about Kobe Bryant in recent weeks, it leaves Janie and Johnny as the only Buss family members not to voice an opinion on the matter. Oh, wait. Make that just Janie. Johnny Buss, the oldest son of Lakers owner Jerry Buss, sent a bulletin to friends on his MySpace.com page that contained a peculiar reference to the team's nine-time All-Star. "If you've been following the Kobe drama, I want to let you know it's not really drama ...