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Gasol also supported Kobe Bryant for publicly questioning the front office. Those included issues ranging from wanting executives Jim and Jeanie Buss to improve their relationship, decide Mike D’Antoni’s future as head coach and build a championship caliber roster this offseason. “I’m glad that he spoke his mind,” Gasol said following the Lakers’ 131-102 loss Thursday to the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. “He wants to win. He’s got two years under contract with the franchise. He wants to be in the best possible position to win. Whether you do that publicly or internally, that’s totally up to you. He spoke his mind and you have to respect him for that.” Los Angeles Daily News

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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

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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

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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

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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

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