HoopsHype Jeanie Buss rumors

August 14, 2013 Updates

In many ways, the siblings represent opposing sides of their father's personality -- and the conflict is evident in how the team is run. Jeanie leads the business operation and now is the Lakers' representative on the league's board of governors. That means the NBA views her as being at the helm. Although she retains her vivaciousness (she once posed for Playboy and now is engaged to former coach Phil Jackson), she can be found during business hours in the office once used by her father overlooking the team's practice court in El Segundo, Calif. Talk to an NBA executive about Jeanie, and he or she likely will rave about her business savvy and attention to detail. The Hollywood Reporter

"My brother ultimately makes the [basketball] decisions," says Jeanie. "I defer and will continue to defer because that's what my dad believed would be successful." Deferring, though, clearly is different from agreeing, and while Jeanie is supportive of her brother, she barely hides her frustration at not being included in major team moves. "I would be more comfortable if I understood what the decision process was, and I'm not always involved in it," she says. "To be held accountable by the league and not have a seat at the table when decisions are made is hard." The Hollywood Reporter

Jim concedes that Jeanie is not consulted on basketball decisions but denies he wields unilateral authority. He insists the Lakers are a democracy that includes GM Mitch Kupchak, to whom Jim says he often defers. "I don't run the franchise," he says. "We run it as a family. I'm just a figurehead. I like it collective. Now I might have to put my name on a [decision], but I can't have the ego to make those calls alone." The Hollywood Reporter

August 8, 2013 Updates
July 4, 2013 Updates

According to sources with knowledge of the situation, Jackson has informally made it known that he was available to the Lakers in their pitch to Howard, and other capacities in the future, should Howard ever seek counsel. Jackson, the fiancé of Lakers executive vice president Jeanie Buss, has become something of an informal consultant to the Lakers, general manager Mitch Kupchak acknowledged after last Thursday's NBA draft. ESPN.com

July 2, 2013 Updates

The Lakers began their meeting with Dwight Howard at 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, becoming the fifth team to sit down with him in a two-day span. About 10 members of the Lakers and their affiliates attended the meeting in Beverly Hills, including Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, General Manager Mitch Kupchak and Coach Mike D'Antoni. Lakers executive Jim Buss was also there but not team governor Jeanie Buss, who nonetheless sent out a pro-Howard tweet earlier Tuesday, saying the “Lakers offer 1) best opportunities for your playing & post-playing career 2) have BEST fans 3) I'm here for you." Los Angeles Times

June 30, 2013 Updates

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant plans to be part of the presentation on Tuesday to convince free-agent center Dwight Howard to re-sign with the franchise, a league source told Yahoo! Sports. The Lakers are expected to make the final case to Howard in Los Angeles, letting Houston, Dallas, Golden State and Atlanta go before them. Bryant has offered to be a part of the contingent that will include the Buss family, general manager Mitch Kupchak and possibly coach Mike D'Antoni. Yahoo! Sports

June 29, 2013 Updates

One person who is not expected to be at the Lakers meeting with Howard is former coach Phil Jackson, the fiance of Lakers co-owner Jeanie Buss. Jackson is on his way to his second home in Montana, sources told ESPNLA's Ramona Shelburne. But, as one source put it, "It's not like they don't have phones there." Jackson has spoken to Howard in the past, and given opinions on him over the past few months in interviews associated with his book tour. Kupchak said Thursday that he and Jackson talk often about basketball and that he's been "helpful" to him. ESPN.com

June 22, 2013 Updates

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