Jeanie Buss Rumors
On D’Angelo Russell: Jeanie Buss: I found that he’s fearless. There’s something about when you talk to a young person and they don’t have that doubt in their eye. He seems very confident but not in a cocky way, in a way of knowing who he is and what he’s capable of and owning that. To see that in somebody that’s 19 years old, I was very impressed by that.
On whether she could envision Kobe Bryant still having a role within the Lakers after he retires: Buss: I think Kobe has to pursue what’s going to make him happy. I think Kobe can do anything that he wants. He’s just got to find his comfort level and he’s got to find what’s going to motivate him. I think he’s capable of anything and doing anything. It’s kind of like Magic Johnson, in that the kind of career Magic’s had off the court has been phenomenal and I expect Kobe’s going to do great things that we can’t even imagine yet.
On Kobe and Shaq reuniting on Shaq’s podcast: Buss: I have not heard it myself, but I’ve gotten some great feedback. Even today at the manicurist, the woman next to me had listened to it and she said it was terrific, and I always thought that someday I would like to see them be re-cast as The Odd Couple and have their own TV show or that they’re roommates, and these two opposites that get along and respect each other, so I’m happy to see that.
But Hammon displayed many of the traits that a successful coach needs. “I think she has the ability to be a head coach in the NBA but there are only 30 such jobs and it is extremely competitive to get one no matter if you are male or female,” said Lakers Executive Vice President Jeanie Buss, one of the highest-ranking female executives in sports, via text Sunday. “If that is her desire I encourage her to follow that path,” Buss said. “Being a woman is not a reason to stop. Continue doing outstanding work and the opportunity will come.”
Asked about that deadline in a radio appearance with KPCC on Thursday, Jeanie Buss reiterated that timeline is still in place and that if the Lakers don’t reach their goals by then, she’s ready for change. “Yeah, absolutely,” Buss said. “This is my job. I’m part-owner of the team, but I’m also the president. The Buss family is the majority owner but we have other partners as well who are also shareholders, and I have an obligation to them. Would I make those changes? Yes. My brother understands that we have to continue to strive for greatness, and I think he would be the first one to feel that he would need to step down if he can’t get us to that point.”