HoopsHype Jeanie Buss rumors

November 13, 2014 Updates

Buss, 30, also has an important role with the Lakers. “I serve as an alternate governor on the Board of Governors,” he said. “I've been doing that over six years now.” His sister Jeanie Buss is the Lakers' president and governor. The team's patriarch passed away in February 2013, to cancer complications. “Fortunately my father was very organized for us,” said Joey. “He did a lot of the estate planning. He set up everything up in such a way that it was very easy for us to pick up and go.” Los Angeles Times

November 10, 2014 Updates

As for the idea that he might play beyond those two seasons, one that was endorsed by Jeanie Buss in a recent interview with USA TODAY Sports when she expressed a desire to re-sign Bryant after his current contract is done, Bryant isn't seeing it. For better or worse, he reiterated as he has in the past, this 19-season marriage that has brought him far more joy (five championships) than it has pain will be over after the 2015-16 campaign. "Nah, not really," he said with a grin and a shake of the head when asked if he can envision playing beyond his current contract. "But I'm so loyal to this organization, there's not a chance (of him leaving)…I've been really fortunate to win a lot of games here, a lot of championships here. You can't (expletive) with (that)." USA Today Sports

November 9, 2014 Updates

Q: What’s your relationship with Lakers president Jeanie Buss? Are you friends? GZ: I know Jeanie; I like her. And we’re having lunch next week. She was one of my first calls. Q: You’ve been described as someone with big ideas. When you look at this team, have those ideas started to percolate? Do you already have some? GZ: I have a few, but they need to be vetted. That means you have to bring in a big group of people around you and throw them out there. But, you know, have a good idea when people say, ‘Oh wow. That’s impossible.’ That’s when you know it’s the right thing. It can be anything. The way I look at the world is to find something really meaty that seems impossible and make it possible. Those will be the kind of opportunities we’ll be looking for here, and I absolutely believe Steve thinks the same way. That’s what he wants for this franchise. Orange County Register

October 28, 2014 Updates

The Lakers kick off their season Tuesday, while Jackson’s squad opens their season Wednesday against the Chicago Bulls. “I don’t talk about Knicks stuff. I am not part of the Knicks. That’s not my business,” says Buss, who wears an emerald-cut three-stone engagement ring — designed by the jeweler who made the last two Lakers championship rings — on her left hand. “We’re just like so many other couples that are bicoastal and trying to figure out when we can spend time together. I don’t think we’re fascinating. We’re not Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.” New York Post

When asked if she would crown herself the most powerful female in the league, the down-to-earth Buss balks. “There are a few women. But to be the most powerful? That’s not my goal in any way. Am I in a position of power? Yes. “I don’t think gender plays a role in [success],” she continues. “I would say if you are ill-prepared and haven’t done your homework, it doesn’t matter if you are male or female.” New York Post

Buss describes the motorcycle-riding hippie, who is known as the “Zen Master,” as “very competitive, which makes it very interesting. He’s such an open person, but yet, he will slice you,” she says, noting he has never let her win a Words With Friends game. “He will always figure out a way to beat me. It’s uncanny.” And since he moved East, Buss says her lonely kitchen has an echo. “I haven’t had a home-cooked meal in months. I’m spoiled with Phil. He makes a great paella. He should share that recipe.” New York Post

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Nothing is more important to Jeanie Buss than the Lakers, including longtime fiancé Phil Jackson. The Lakers president, who met with Carmelo Anthony during the summer in hopes of luring the free agent away from New York, said it was strange to be pursuing a player who was also being courted by Jackson — the new Knicks president — but Buss said helping the Lakers get back to greatness is her biggest priority. “It was a bit awkward during that time,” Buss said. “Carmelo is a player who’s worth fighting for. In basketball, family, love, relationships, nothing is more important to me than the Lakers, so I’ll do it again.” New York Post

Abbott’s piece de resistance is a rarely-attempted defense of Jim Buss, suggesting that he gave Bryant that $48.5 million last winter—before Kobe played, after which he came back and lasted six games—to avoid a public squabble over a new contract. Actually, Jeanie Buss made that call, not her brother. After losing Howard, they were terrified of losing Kobe, although at his pay scale, he had nowhere to go. The real key for the Buss kids was it was what their father did, as in 1991 when he gave Magic Johnson a one-year $14.6 million extension, bigger than half the NBA payrolls at the time. Forbes.com

September 21, 2014 Updates

One person who is not worried about Kobe is Lakers’ part-owner and President, Jeanie Buss, who revealed her thoughts on Kobe’s return to Time Warner Cable SportsNet on their ‘Inside The Lens’ series: Phil told me when Kobe got hurt, he said ‘Jeanie it’s gonna take a year, but he will come back.’ And I know Kobe. He put a lot of pressure on himself to help the team out last season [...] He came back after six months, but now I know he’s healed, and he’s ready to play, so I’m really not worried about him coming back and contributing. Lakers Nation

July 4, 2014 Updates

When the team gave Bryant that extension–at the prompting of Jeanie Buss, the popular member of the family, in December, before Kobe returned from injury, lasted six games and left for the season– the word going around the organization was: We did this knowing that James and Anthony aren’t likely to be on the market and if they are, we’re not likely to have a shot at them. The Buss kids, who weren’t capable of thinking the Kobe extension through, are now desperate to make a big score, no matter how unlikely that is with so few big free agents–really ony Bron and Melo–and so little likelihood that either would leave his team. What the Lakers are doing now no longer qualifies as planning. It’s panic. Forbes.com

July 2, 2014 Updates

The Anthony pitch will be spearheaded by Lakers president Jeanie Buss, executive vice president of player personnel Jim Buss and Kupchak, according to a source with knowledge of the Lakers' plan. One key difference in the Lakers' pitch meeting with Anthony from the one they had with Dwight Howard last year will be the presence of Jeanie Buss, who has made it clear to the front office that she will do whatever is helpful to sell free agents on the franchise. The relationship between Jeanie Buss and brother Jim Buss has vastly improved in recent months, sources close to the situation told ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne. ESPN.com

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Jackson desperately wants the coaching search wrapped up before his European vacation with Buss, who has some interest in Derek Fisher for the Lakers’ front office, if not as head coach. The NBA source said Jackson, who has five kids, originally planned to make it a two-week Turkish holiday before he had accepted the Knicks presidency in mid-March. Jackson, however, didn’t want to miss the NBA Draft on June 26, though he never figured he would still be searching for a coach in early June. New York Post

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