HoopsHype Jeanie Buss rumors

March 2, 2014 Updates

Q: Is there any scenario where you get back in that mix? I've heard some chatter that you could become even more involved there, and there's this idea that time heals all wounds and even though the way the coaching situation went down was botched that you could play a role, whether with (general manager) Mitch (Kupchak) in the front office or something else. Is that plausible at all? Phil Jackson: I don't think so. I have a good relationship with the vice president in business affairs (Jeanie Buss) — at least it has been pretty good (laughs). She's dedicated to their family running the business and trying to feel what that's like. Their father's memorial service is not a year old, but he has been gone for a year now and they're still just kind of figuring out, 'How are we going to do this?' So I think they want to have an opportunity to do it. And Mitch, obviously, has a relationship with (Lakers executive vice president of player personnel and Jeanie's brother) Jimmy that has been going on since, I think, 2004 or so, when he started becoming really involved. So for the last 10 years, he and Mitch have been pretty much working together. (Late Lakers owner) Dr. (Jerry) Buss came in on things. We had a few issues. Kobe (Bryant) had an issue one year. We had an issue getting Pau (Gasol). Some of the major moves, Dr. Buss was still there. But the other stuff Jimmy and Mitch have been working on. They've got a relationship, so I don't see that happening. USA Today Sports

Who was your favorite person to talk to in putting together this book, and why? As strange as this might sound, I’d have to say I have three—Linda Rambis, Jeanie Buss and Wanda Cooper. Explanation: Linda is Kurt’s wife, and she’s worked for the Lakers for years. She’s cool and laid-back and happy to chat about anything, everything—sans embarrassment, sans remorse, sans hesitation. I just felt a genuine kinship with her. Jeanie, obviously, is one of the team’s owners, and when we were scheduled to lunch I had no idea what to expect. Well, she walks in … and she’s just chill. And self-deprecating. And smart. Like Linda, she didn’t shy away from things, or try and gloss over stuff. There was no PR person present. No shield. If every team executive were like those two, life would be easy. The Big Lead

March 1, 2014 Updates
January 19, 2014 Updates

Stern admitted Thursday that even holding regular-season games at other European arenas is a challenge at this time, given the limitations of the potential venues, and especially the fact there is an NBA-ready arena already in London. ”The O2 is a spectacular building. The last time we played in Italy it was in the [Mediolanum Forum outside Milan], and I think the Forum might almost be as old as I am, and it looks it,” the outgoing commissioner said. “Our sponsors, our licensees, our international broadcasters, they enjoy coming to the center point here in London, and this has been very good. But I think we’re going back to those places. We will be in Spain, we will be in Italy, we will be in Greece. I just don’t know when Commissioner Silver is going to decide to do that.” New York Post

October 4, 2013 Updates

Los Angeles Lakers president Jeanie Buss said she has made an effort to get to know Mike D'Antoni and his wife, Laurel, this offseason and is "encouraged" about the coach's plans for the team this season. "I've gotten a chance to know coach D'Antoni and I've learned three things about him," Buss said Thursday on the "Mason & Ireland Show" on ESPNLA 710 radio. "The first and most important is the guy wants to win. I love that about him. "The second thing is we have the same taste in restaurants and food. We live in the same area and we have all the same favorite restaurants. "I've also met his wife. And I have this saying, and maybe I'm patting myself on the back with this one, but behind every great coach is a great woman. And she is a great woman. She's a dynamo." ESPN.com

September 30, 2013 Updates

The three decided it would be good for Jeanie Buss and Mike D'Antoni to finally talk. Mike D'Antoni confirmed he had a great meeting with Jeanie Buss within the past 10 days. They also spoke during a Lakers' coaching staff party hosted by Mike's brother Dan D'Antoni, a Lakers assistant. "Now everybody is on the same team and we're pulling in the same direction trying to get this done," Mike D'Antoni said. "It was inevitable. It had to happen the other way, but this is a good spot we are in, no doubt." Yahoo! Sports

September 25, 2013 Updates
September 23, 2013 Updates

Jeanie Buss, the chief of the Los Angeles Lakers' business operations and fiancee of Hall of Famer Phil Jackson, wrote in an upcoming update to her "Laker Girl" memoir that she felt the hiring of Mike D'Antoni as head coach last year instead of Jackson was "a betrayal." Buss, in an excerpt published Sunday in the Los Angeles Times, wrote she "felt she got played," referring to the decision ultimately made by her brother Jim, which she has said took her and Jackson by surprise and had been an unsettling experience. ESPN.com

"I felt that I got played. Why did they have to do that?" Jeanie Buss wrote in the November edition of the book originally published in 2010. "Why did Jim pull Phil back into the mix if he wasn't sincere about it? ... "Phil wasn't looking for the job, and then he wasted 36 hours of his life preparing for it when they were never in a million years going to hire him anyway. "How do you do that to your sister? How do you do that to Phil Jackson?" ESPN.com

Jim Buss, speaking to ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne for a profile published earlier this month, said the hiring of D'Antoini was reflective of the wishes of their father, Jerry Buss, a longtime owner of the Lakers who died in February after an 18-month battle with cancer. "We did the coaching search and interviews and fed him all the information," Jim Buss said. "And he said, 'This is who I want. D'Antoni's the man.' Knowing that in the future we had to rebuild, he felt that Phil was not a guy to rebuild. It's not fair to him. It was actually more of a respectful thought towards Phil." ESPN.com

September 22, 2013 Updates
September 16, 2013 Updates

Jeanie Buss says it once. She says it twice. She says it a third and a fourth time, in case it didn't sink in. This TV show is not about her, or her family, or her fiancé, or the team she runs. Really. What Buss hopes will come from the collaboration of her group with award-winning writer and director Ron Shelton are answers to the questions she always gets about being the Lakers' Executive Vice President and directing the business side of the NBA's most glamorous franchise. Except the show isn't about the Lakers. NBA.com

"It may not even be basketball," she said by phone Sunday afternoon. "It could be any other sports property. It's just about how it's an interesting industry ... it isn't based on anybody. It isn't based on my family. It isn't based on the Lakers. What's interesting to somebody like a Phil Jackson or Ron Shelton are stories, like the guy who's trying to make it in pro sports. The sacrifices they make to be a pro athlete, to be a coach." NBA.com

In an interview with Fox Sports Radio 570 AM, Jim Buss spoke about the decision making process that goes on within the Lakers, and whether or not their system works: Jeanie would have probably the ultimate say [...] the system has worked for years. Jeanie has been running the business side for years and years and it has been working. Lakers Nation

Most assume that Jeanie has the most respect amongst their NBA peers and Jim conceding that Jeannie has the final say in major Laker decisions that cross the basketball and business operations, shows his status within the organization. Buss also added that he has the final say in basketball decisions, but rarely does it come down to one person’s say. In the end, the Buss family has a system that has been working and until it is proven it won’t work, it will continue on. Lakers Nation

September 10, 2013 Updates

Jeanie Buss, the senior vice president of the Los Angeles Lakers and Linda Rambis will executive produce via production company Street Reason Entertainment. Rambis is married to the Lakers coach. Brett Tomberlin of IDW and Ubiquity Studios will also executive produce, with Brian Gilbert and Andrew Trapani of Nine/8 Entertainment. Variety.com

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