HoopsHype Jerry Buss rumors

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 26, 2013 Updates

In conversations I had with Jim Buss earlier this month, I was struck by how deeply he not only respected his father's opinion but also relied on it. Several times over the past couple of seasons, Jim had the opportunity to assume greater power or to make decisions on his own. Each time, he went out of his way to involve his father and give him the final say. "He'd say, 'Jim, you have the final hammer,'" Buss said. "I said, 'No, I don't. My final hammer is to say you are the final hammer.'" ESPN.com

Jim and Jeanie didn't communicate because they trusted that their father knew best, that he would always make the right call. Given his track record, that was not only understandable but also wise. Even when things didn't turn out the way they might have hoped -- as was the case with the Paul trade -- there was still comfort in knowing Jerry Buss had made the final decision. But that comfort is gone. Sister and brother have to make decisions without their father's input, trusting their instincts and hoping all they learned from him will be enough. As anyone who has lost a parent knows, those steps are unsteady for a long time. ESPN.com

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Like everything in Lakerland for the past 35 years, Jerry Buss' judgment gave everyone comfort. He'd won enough big bets in his life that if he said something was a good risk, people tended to trust in it. In his last 10 years of life, and in his final will and testament, Jerry Buss trusted his son Jim to make the basketball decisions for the Lakers. "If he didn't think I was capable of doing this, I guarantee he wouldn't have put me here," Buss said. "He would have arranged something else. But over years of dealing with him on every level and every contract and every negotiation and every thought of building a philosophy to win championships ... My dad trusted me. I know for a fact that if he didn't believe in what I was doing, he would not have just said, 'Well you're my son. Here you go.' No. That's not how I got this job." ESPN.com

September 2, 2013 Updates

But there are a few exceptions. Phil Jackson and I were good friends when he was coaching the Bulls. But our friendship cooled when he joined the Lakers. Kobe Bryant even instructed another Laker star, with whom I was quite friendly, not to talk to me. But every now and then, Kobe surprises me by offering a warm hello. Jerry Buss was always extremely nice to me. He used to joke about my anti-Lakers stance. Similarly, many fans rub it in good-naturedly when the Lakers win and I give it back to them when the Lakers lose. But a few fans don't take my actions lightly, such as the night-club promoter who wouldn't let me into his club because I was a "Laker hater." NBA.com

August 14, 2013 Updates

He built an exclusive club inside the Forum (and, later, Staples Center) for Hollywood bigwigs, and he paid and presented his players as stars as important as the actors sitting courtside. Bryant says he considered leaving the Lakers twice -- as a free agent in 2004 and again via trade in 2007 -- and both times Dr. Buss talked him out of it. "You can tell by how someone runs their business if they're full of shit or not," says Bryant. "He could tell you exactly what he had in mind and how he planned to get it done. And he had a track record." The Hollywood Reporter

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The World Series of Poker invited Kobe Bryant via Twitter to play in a tribute to the late Jerry Buss. Poker misses Dr. Buss. Game. Class. We invite @kobebryant to play in tribute. #sharksvsmamba twitter.com/wsop/status/34…Bryant politely declined Los Angeles Times

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Jerry Buss -- who owned the L.A. Lakers before he died -- has given a girlfriend many decades younger than him an awesome parting gift -- his Honolulu, Hawaii condo and his 2009 Bentley! TMZ just obtained a copy of Jerry's will, and he leaves just about everything to his family trust. The trustee is Jerry's daughter, Jeanie Buss. According to the will, the estate is worth in excess of $5.5 million (although his assets obviously total way more than that). TMZ.com

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But much of the world saw him as a maverick, a rich man who acted like one of the guys. "I saw him walking in with these jeans on," Johnson recalled of their first meeting. "I said, 'This man's got all this money?'" This unpretentious style helped Buss, divorced and known as a playboy, forge close relationships with many of his players. After games, he transformed the Forum's press lounge into a late-night party spot, entertaining athletes, reporters and young women as announcer Chick Hearn poured drinks at the bar. Buss said: "Just because I'm a public figure doesn't mean I don't get to live my life the way I want." Los Angeles Times

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