HoopsHype Jeanie Buss rumors

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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

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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

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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

August 23, 2013 Updates

"Right now he has no official position," Jeanie said of Phil's role with the team. "He wants to be supportive of me and the organization. He has no contractual obligation. He would listen to anything where he might be able to help. If we asked him to fill in on the broadcast because someone was out, I'm sure he'd do it. Just because everyone puts him as a coach doesn't mean that's the only thing he's capable of doing." Jim Buss welcomes Phil's involvement - to a degree. "We can call him at any time," Jim said. "(GM) Mitch (Kupchak) has sat down with him several times, especially with the Dwight situation. I'd be more than happy to have him on a consultant basis. I don't think we're paying him and I don't know if he has an official title. I have no idea if Jeanie wants to sit down and discuss that. But I have no issues with him coming back or having a role." Sulia

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

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