Jeanie Buss Rumors
Los Angeles Lakers champion LeBron James is one of the most idolized players in the NBA. As a matter of fact, even Lakers owner Jeanie Buss considers the four-time MVP to be a superhero. “I like to say he’s like the closest thing to a superhero I’ve ever met,” Buss said on a recent episode of the “All the Smoke” podcast. “In that, he’s so powerful and strong and smart, but he does things for the good.”
Members of the Los Angeles Lakers organization are expected to receive a vaccine for COVID-19 this week, sources told ESPN. It was not clear which players or staffers were planning to receive the vaccine as HIPAA regulations preclude anyone from the team from commenting on the situation.
So, about 15 minutes before tip-off, Buss slipped out of her lower bowl seat and headed for the court. She waited for Harrell to take a warm-up shot, and when he came over to her, she swung her arms wide and wrapped him in a hug. It was a quiet gesture in an empty arena, one that told a story of Harrell’s grief and Buss’ empathy. It also revealed the subtle notes of grace and compassion with which Buss tries to lead.
After a year in which the simple but powerful act of greeting another person with an embrace has been mostly forbidden, this one was especially poignant. Three days earlier, Harrell had gotten Buss’ attention when he tweeted, “Think it’s time I call it quits to everything and everyone!”
When the Lakers ran onto the court, Pelinka came over to Buss and walked her down to the sideline. Then, Buss made good on her promise to a player she had only met once before. “She didn’t have to do that,” Harrell said. “She could have paid me no mind.”
A day later, Pelinka said, Buss called him and told him she was going to come to the next game, the Lakers first since returning from the All-Star break, to support Harrell. “I think that’s just a great microcosm of Jeanie’s leadership,” Pelinka said. “She finds the perfect balance of leading with her mind and just her intellect and her wisdom mentally, but also leading with her heart.”