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The Lakers’ struggles this season have been well documented. The Lakers on track for their worst year in franchise history, and as a result, face an important off-season this summer.

Over the last week, Lakers president Jeanie Buss made various public appearances including interviews with TWC SportsNet and 710 ESPN Radio. These came off the heels of Phil Jackson joining the New York to serve as team president.

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New NBA Commissioner appears to have played a part in Jeanie becoming more vocal, according to BleacherReport’s Kevin Ding.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver, his own gavel shiny and new in hand, dined with Buss in Los Angeles Monday night and gave her a pointed message, according to NBA sources:

The power is hers to use, and those in the league office want and trust her to be more aggressive with it in leading the Los Angeles Lakers.

The timing of Jeanie’s interviews couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. The Lakers seem to be in disarray, with many questioning the ability of the Lakers’ front office.

Former Laker and current Los Angeles Dodgers part owner Magic Johnson has made his opinions no secret, and recently urged the Lakers to take a look at Jackson before he went to the Knicks. Johnson also appeared on the Dan Patrick show and expressed his frustration with other former Lakers being involved with other franchises.

Most of the public perception around the Lakers front office is that Jim Buss calls the shots for personnel moves, and he is commonly seen as the scapegoat when things go downhill like things have this season.

During her interviews, Jeanie emphasized that she lies at the top of the Lakers decision making. While Jim and Mitch Kupchak are in charge of the basketball operations, they report directly to Jeanie.

These declarations seem to be the aggressiveness that Silver had pushed Jeanie to show. As the Lakers enter the off-season, there will be crucial decisions to be made. Jim and Mitch will do what they can to turn the Lakers around, but under the watchful eye of Jeanie.
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  • Chris Brown

    Even Adam Silver is looking out for Jeanie and the Lakers..i smell a top 3 pick in the upcoming draft! :)

    • X

      If that’s the case, it’s justified. The league screwed the Lakers with CP3 deal few years back and the fact that the top 2 biggest franchises (Lakers & Knicks) are struggling is going to affect NBA’s revenue. Like it or not, they have to give the Lakers a top 3 pick in order to make the team interesting again. A top pick talent is definitely going to draw the crowd to watch Lakers games again.

      • Alfred Luna

        The top 2 franchises are the Lakers and I hate to say it, the celtics

        • Walter Johnson

          I hate even more that I agree with you. I can’t even say their freaking name.

        • X

          I wasn’t talking about Championships: -

          “…top 2 biggest franchises (Lakers & Knicks) are struggling is going to affect NBA’s revenue…”

          Sorry, I picked the wrong word – it should have been top 2 VALUABLE franchises.

          • laguy310

            It would only affect the Lakers if stupid fans stop going to the games. We have to stop supporting them financially (not emotionally lakers 4ever) so they can feel it where it hurts but sold out games at the same price doesn’t help the cause. Just saying. Go Lakers!

          • Chrmngblly

            They said Laker televised game viewership has fallen by 50%. That is a spanking that is hurting the league right now in advertising revenue. The Lakers contract may be locked in but all the other teams who are not so lucky will get worse deals in their markets out of fear from their cable companies.

          • Valter Haineman

            There is no need of “sorry”
            The top 2 NBA franchises are the Lakers and the Knicks. The game of the basketball on US soil has started on the streets of Harlem.These are the two biggest market cities and that is why, NBA will do anything to bring them back to the throne.The glorious days of the Celtics are way over. They got 16 titles in the sixties and that was it. Medison Square Garden is always sell-out, same as the Staples Center. The greens can not say that for their arena.

        • jackmouve

          According to Forbes, its Lakers and Knicks. With Knick #1. Followed by Chicago, then Boston. Interesting note, Chicago just joined NY and LA, this year, in the billion dollar club. The top 5 valued team all suck, except for the Bulls.

        • Joseph Apohen

          In terms of what? Championship, yes. Market wise, New York and L.A.

      • Oscar

        Nicks are top two biggest?

        • MILF_connoisseur

          knicks hahah

      • Joseph Apohen

        Who are the top three? Jabari and Wiggins did not impress me as they did not perform well in the tournament. Neither did Randle. I like Ennis, but then we have a lot of those small guys already. I don’t think he is better than Farmar, Marshall, Meeks, or Henry. I have not seen that kid from down under, but he’s been mentioned as a food one.

    • Josh

      :) Of course, if the season ended today, they would have a 22% chance at a top 3 pick anyway…assuming the lottery is not fixed…

    • imbwar

      Yes he is, Silver knows it’s good for business having the Lakers and NY for the fact of the matter to be in the playoff race… I am concerned about Jabari’s statements, Joel statements about the draft… but we will see..

    • Imoni Jamail Adams

      Say the same thing

    • Valter Haineman

      From your mouth to the God’s ears. Amen.

  • comrade24

    Here’s hoping Jeannie takes charge!

  • Daryl Peek

    Another coup insistence. Jeanie is not going there. Everyone needs to get over it and let the FO find their way. This was Dr. Buss’s plan. Hopefully Silver will make up for the CP3 trade block and hook the Lakers up in the draft.

    • Josh

      A compensatory pick at the end of the lottery sounds good to me :)

      • Daryl Peek

        I can roll with that. LOL

        • Chrmngblly

          Yeah. It’s not good for the league for any team to end up with nothing. Too disruptive.

    • Chrmngblly

      F*ck Dr. Buss’ holy plan and all its priests, DP. I would think you, of all people, would quit sprinkling holy water on this wicked scheme. He can get away with sticking us with his black sheep son, by law in his will, but we can’t do as fans what he failed to do as a parent. The only “plan” is to give Jimmy a job that he has not earned and is not qualified by talent or temperament to succeed at. God save us.
      You want every fan to meekly accept the facts as they are—but you refuse to accept the facts as they eventually must be. Eventually, the Busses will have to deal with Jimmy and clean up their dad’s mess. Let us pray that this happens sooner, rather than later, but we both know it has to happen.
      If I understand this correctly, the Lakers gave up 4 first round picks and at least 2 second round picks to get Nash and D12, all told, plus other throw-in players. Regardless of why, that’s a disaster.

  • Godfrey Uche

    I smell also a top 2 pick in the upcoming draft and signing Dante Exum without being drafted, Go Lakers go.

  • Doc

    He knows they got historically screwed

  • Rick

    If Jeanie is in charge like she said in the ESPN interview, and she wanted PJ to have a role on the team, again like she said in the interview, then when she was asked why Phil was not offered a position, she said the family agreed that he was not needed. Frankly, I see a team run by committee, and things run by committee typically run at half speed, tripping over their own feet. And many just go bust.

  • Victor Tellez

    Can’t have it both ways commisioner Either let them make deals or don’t go after Jeannie buess becuase your office screwed a deal that was in place and it hurt the NBA.

  • Cal

    Nice story.Yes hopefully their relationships remains strong hopefully Adam Silver is getting some putang from Jeanie Buss lol he he he.They make a great couple and yes i am now seeing the #1-#3 pick in the Lakers near future.Cute.

  • rik

    Lakers lineup next season:
    PG: exum farmar marshall
    SG: kobe meeks bazemore
    SF: Ariza young
    PF: Gasol Wes kelly
    C: Embiid hill sacre

    • LakersGyrl

      I sure hope they don’t keep Marshall :-(

      • Chrmngblly

        Better to hope he turns into Steve Nash.

  • William Davis

    Silver should be going out of his way to apologize to Jeannie and to Lakers fans for what David Stern did to ruin the Lakers and other big market/big budget teams.

    • Chrmngblly

      Does everyone in the world not know that Jim Buss F*cked that up by failing to get league approval before trying to sneak that deal through? Jeanie didn’t even know it was coming. There is politics in all this stuff, after all. Naturally, all the other owners were pissed and vetoed the Lakers’ deal after that. Or maybe he really didn’t know better.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    I am very happy to see Adam Silver and Jeanie Buss whining and dining together.I still predict the number 1 pick will end up with the Lakers come 2014 draft night.

    • rik

      Dante exum and wiggins parker or joel embiid

  • vdogg

    i agree, adam. go get ‘em, jeanie!!!

  • Alex K Tatiracanal

    It seems like Adam Silver is trying to make amends for some of the things Stern has done. We know the Lakers current situation can be traced back to the Chris Paul trade that didn’t go through.
    Stern said the trade wasn’t “fair”, but what was the real reason he didn’t let it go through?

    • Chrmngblly

      The Laker talent drain is more due to the Howard and Nash trades and all the talent and draft picks we gave away for those two losers.

  • Chrmngblly

    This is not my work. The author has been credited at the bottom of the last page of the reply—which is really the 2nd half of the reprinted article.

    JIM BUSS’ CAREER VS. LAKERS DECLINE
    *******************************************************************************************
    March 20, 2014

    In these troubling times, many fans in Los Angeles and around the
    country must be asking themselves how the Lakers Republic transformed into the
    present Empire run by Jim Buss. The championships and playoff runs were flowing
    steadily until just the last couple of years. The drop off from being the gold
    standard in professional sports to laughingstock of the NBA all seemed to
    happen so suddenly.

    Of course, it really wasn’t a total surprise. The signs of
    decay were prevalent long ago, but many just chose to look away. One could
    argue that the only reason the Lakers have not crashed under Jim’s leadership
    earlier is because Phil Jackson’s powerful presence intervened to save the
    franchise twice (in 1999 and 2005) from the consequences of the incompetence we
    are now becoming familiar with. Unfortunately since he has now left Los Angeles
    for the Big Apple, Jackson cannot be counted on to save the Lakers once again.

    The demise of the Lakers really began when the venerable Dr. Jerry Buss
    concocted an unrealistic plan for his children to split his Lakers Empire with
    Jim Buss as the man in charge of basketball decisions. The problems inherent in
    this were touched on by a wonderfully foreshadowing article by Frank Lidz in
    the November 2, 1998 issue of Sports Illustrated. It has been clear for a long
    time that Jim Buss (1) was very eager to take over for his father; and (2) was
    going to be a very poor owner.

    Lidz’s article is revealing, especially when seen in the light of wisdom
    available to us from a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away . . .

    THE JIM BUSS TIMELINE

    November 9, 1959 -1980. The Jim Buss Wonder Years.

    Jim Buss is born, the second of four children to Dr. Jerry Buss and Joan Buss.
    He has an older brother John and will later have two younger sisters, Jeanie
    and Janie. The couple ends up divorcing in 1972 and Dr. Buss eventually has two
    other children from another relationship.

    Jim attends USC and majors in math. Unlike his father, who received a PhD in
    Chemistry before purchasing the Lakers, Jim drops out without even a bachelor’s
    degree. (Jeanie later graduates from USC with honors).

    Later young Jimmy, who spent a lot of his youth at the race track, decides to
    attend jockey school even though he is six feet two inches tall. Unsurprisingly,
    a career as a jockey was not in the cards.

    “Jimmy is easily distracted and has no instinct for the jugular. Jeanie is
    the most capable one, yet she is overlooked by her loving dad.” – A longtime
    Jerry Buss business associate

    “Wonderful the mind of a child is.” – Yoda

    1981-1997. The Pre-Lakers Work History of Jim Buss

    Jim Buss opens a small business with his best friend, Bill Goldenberg. After
    Goldenberg’s tragic death in a car accident, Buss lets the business fade.

    In 1985, Jim takes over for his brother John as president of his dad’s indoor
    soccer team, the Los Angeles Lazers. Despite his best efforts, the team folds
    in 1989.

    In 1990, Jim Buss became a horse trainer and his father gives him six
    thoroughbreds to work with. Track insiders question his dedication and indicate
    he generally just shows up when he wants to. In 1997, Dr. Jerry Buss divests
    himself of his increasingly unprofitable horse stock and asks his son Jim to
    come work for the Lakers.

    “[John and Jim] would love to run my father’s operation but I don’t think
    they could.”- Janie Buss

    “Try? Do or do not. There is no try.”- Yoda

    1998. Jim Buss Starts Working for the Lakers

    Jim begins working with the Lakers as an apprentice to GM Jerry West and his
    assistant Mitch Kupchak. Within a year, he figures he pretty much knows what he
    needs to know. For entitled men like Jim, who have suspect work habits and have
    never really succeeded at anything by the time they are almost forty, a belief
    in shortcuts is necessary in order to assume leadership when you are
    unqualified. It is also a wonderful way to avoid taking a serious look in the
    mirror.

    “Right now my dad is Number 1 in the Lakers organization, and I’m Number 4.
    After another year of apprenticeship, I’d feel comfortable going from 4 to 1.”
    Jim Buss in 1998 during his first year working for the Lakers.

    “A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind…All his life
    has he looked away…Never his mind on where he was. Hmm? What he was doing.” –
    Yoda

    July 2000. Jerry West Quits as Lakers GM

    After the Lakers win their first NBA Title since 1988, the perpetually
    underpaid and underappreciated Jerry West resigns and is replaced by Mitch
    Kupchak. The resignation is motivated partly by Dr. Buss’s desire to entrust
    full power into the hands of his clearly-not-ready son Jim, who he blindly
    believes can somehow be molded into a basketball mind like West.

    “Jeez! Jerry West is like a god. It’s hard to think of him and Jimmy in the
    same sentence.” – Janie Buss

    July 1999 – June 2004. A New Hope: Phil Jackson Comes To Los Angeles

    Phil Jackson begins his first tenure as Lakers Head Coach. His strong
    personality and impeccable resume give the Lakers credibility once again.
    Jackson eventually leads the Lakers to 3 NBA Championships and 4 NBA Finals
    appearances within the next five years. He also begins dating Jim’s sister,
    Jeanie Buss, in 2000.

    After five extremely successful seasons, Phil Jackson steps down/is fired as
    Lakers head coach. Although his health and the Shaq-Kobe feud are contributing
    factors, Jackson is also just tired of butting heads with Lakers management and
    the increasingly annoying input of Jim Buss, who some speculate is pushing his
    father to fire Jackson and hire Rudy Tomjanovich. Despite his great success, Lakers
    management appears happy that Jackson is leaving and offer him no future role
    in the organization. Jim is chomping at the bit to start running basketball
    operations.

    “Don’t everyone thank me at once.” – Han Solo

    “I always wanted to be a G.M. With a colt, you watch his stride and how he pops
    to extension. I just have to learn the qualities to look for in humans.” – Jim
    Buss

    June 2004. Rudy T gets hired.

    After Shaq is traded and Kobe re-signs, Jim Buss is given increasing control
    over the team despite his apparent ignorance about the sport of basketball.
    Excited to finally put his personal imprint on the team, he is the one who
    selects the next head coach of the Lakers. He signs Rudy Tomjanovich to a
    five-year, $30 million contract.

    Jim’s first major move ends in failure: Tomjanovich quits midway through the
    season citing exhaustion and the Lakers finish 34-48, missing the playoffs for
    only the second time in thirty years.

    “Traveling through hyperspace ain’t like dusting crops, farm boy.” – Han
    Solo

    June 14, 2005. The Zen Master Returns

    Despite the Lakers having an incredibly weak roster and very little hope of
    competing for a title, Phil Jackson benevolently returns to the team. Fans are
    overjoyed and his very presence stabilizes a franchise that looked headed for
    the toilet. On his first day back, the Zen Master mockingly tells Jim that
    while he (Jackson) will be at the office in the morning, he knows Jim won’t be.
    True to form, Jim basically continues to show up at the office whenever he
    feels like it and keeps no regular schedule.

    Jackson meanwhile, immediately raises the team from horrible to respectable and
    they make the playoffs the next two years. In 2008, Mitch Kupchak trades for
    Pau Gasol and the Lakers appear in the NBA Finals the next three years, winning
    the title two times.

    “Jim Buss is not around much…the only time he is here consistently is a week
    or two before the draft.”- Ronnie Lester, former Lakers Assistant GM, scout,
    and player.

    June 28, 2005. The Andrew Bynum Pick

    Prior to the 2005 NBA Draft, Lakers scout Ronnie Lester brings 17-year old
    Andrew Bynum to the team’s attention and Jim Buss falls in love with him. Jim
    pushes hard for Bynum’s selection in the first round and the Lakers end up
    picking him. This might be the highlight of Jim Buss’ professional career.
    Through the years, Jim is Bynum’s biggest supporter and he repeatedly pushes
    back trade demands for him.

    “Great shot kid, now don’t get cocky!” – Han Solo

    May 2011. Phil Jackson Retires

    Jackson retires after the Lakers are eliminated in the second round of the
    playoffs. His relationship with Jim Buss has almost completely deteriorated at
    this point. Jackson publicly comments that he had not spoken to Jim for the
    entire season.

    Jim also appears increasingly resentful that Jackson has gotten so much of the
    credit for the Lakers success in the last twelve years. Although common sense
    suggests that Jackson would be offered an important front-office position with
    the Lakers, Jackson only acts as an “informal consultant” for the Lakers.

    “You are on the Council, but we do not grant you the rank of master.” – Mace
    Windu

    Now up until the end of the 2011 NBA season, Jim Buss can be seen as building
    up his educational and managerial experience, both outside of and within the
    organization, This is in preparation for his planned team takeover, per the
    directions of owner Dr. Jerry Buss. Jim has wanted total control of the
    basketball decisions (though not necessarily responsibility for those
    decisions), but has never been able to totally assert himself because of the
    presence of strong personalities like his father, Jackson, and even Kupchak (at
    that time).

    However, with Jackson leaving again, and the declining health of his father,
    Jim is truly now totally in command. After this point, the major moves are
    unquestionably Jim’s responsibility.

    This is true even though Jim consistently tries to misdirect criticism by
    declaring that any controversial decision is really coming from his father,
    Jerry.

    May-June 2011. The Search for Jackson’s Replacement

    Brian Shaw, Rick Adelman, and Mike Brown end up becoming the top candidates to
    replace Phil Jackson. Jerry Buss tells the new coaching candidates that Jimmy
    “is in control now and he has to let him make whatever decisions that he
    makes.” Jim then informs the head coaching candidates that Andrew Bynum
    must be given the ball inside more often by whomever is chosen as the next
    coach.

    Brian Shaw is advised by Jackson to downplay his relationship to the former
    coach during the interview process as the Zen Master knows Jim doesn’t like
    him. Nonetheless, Shaw states he felt he had to defend Phil Jackson after
    hearing Jim Buss “bashing” Phil several times during the job interview. This
    does not go over well with Jim.

    “Anger, fear, aggression…the dark side are they.” – Yoda

    June 2011. The Mike Brown Hire

    In a move that perplexes almost everyone, Mike Brown is hired as head coach
    over Brian Shaw (Kobe’s choice) and Rick Adelman (Kupchak’s choice). He signs a
    5-year deal for $20 million.

    Shaw, who had worked 12 years for the Lakers as a player and assistant, was
    very close to Kobe Bryant and was familiar with Jackson’s successful triangle
    offense. Kobe Bryant is not told of the decision beforehand, angering the
    Lakers star. Shaw is also not contacted until weeks after the decision is made.
    Shaw, a well-regarded former player and coach by all accounts, publicly
    criticizes Lakers management over the way he was treated.

    “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.” – Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan
    Kenobi

    2011 NBA Lockout. Firing of Longtime Lakers Employees

    Jim Buss fires over two dozen employees with over 100 years of experience
    working for the franchise.

    Among these are: (1) athletic coordinator Alex McKechnie, who had worked for
    the Lakers for 12 years and was previously instrumental in extending the
    careers of Shaq and Grant Hill; and (2) lowly equipment manager Rudy
    Garciduenas, who had been with the team for 30 years. Both had the misfortune
    of being close to the retired Phil Jackson. The firings are articulated to be a
    cost-cutting measure even as the Lakers negotiate a $3.6 billion television
    deal.

    Buss further cans the scouting staff, including International Scout Adam
    Fillippi and even highly respected Assistant GM Ronnie Lester, who had worked
    for the Lakers for 24 years, including as a player and scout. Lester states,
    “Great organizations don’t treat their personnel like they’ve done.”

    Jim later hires Charles Osbournet, a former bartender friend he used to hang
    out with at the race track, to be on the scouting staff.

    “Evaluating basketball talent is not too difficult. If you grabbed ten fans
    out of bar and asked them to rate prospects, their opinions would be pretty
    much identical to those of the pro scouts.” – Jim Buss

    “I have great admiration for what scouts do. If the job is so easy, then why
    do some teams always have more success than others.” – Jerry West, responding
    to Jim’s comment.

    2011-2012 preseason. The Vetoed Chris Paul Trade; Alienation of Gasol and
    Odom

    Before the season begins, the Lakers engineer a three-way trade that would have
    sent Pau Gasol to the Rockets and Lamar Odom to the Hornets in exchange for
    Chris Paul. However, Lakers management does not do its due diligence regarding
    NBA rules. They let the details go public before checking with NBA Commissioner
    David Stern whether the trade is acceptable to the NBA (the NBA owned the
    bankrupt Hornets at that time).

    (*Fascinating to this day why nobody bothers to ask why Lakers management
    failed to understand they needed Stern’s approval in the first place. Not
    knowing something like that would qualify as malpractice in many other fields.)

    Stern soon vetoes the deal, leaving Gasol and Odom, both known to be talented
    but moody, upset with the organization. Gasol’s production declines that season
    and Odom, the reigning NBA 6th Man of the Year, suggests he can no longer play
    for a team that does not value him.

    Lakers management chooses neither to coddle Odom to return or simply demand he
    play. Instead, they essentially give in to Odom’s whimsical demand and trade
    him to the Dallas Mavericks for a trade exception and future first round pick.

    The Lakers sorely miss Odom’s presence and suffer from Gasol’s inconsistent
    play during the 2011-2012 season and playoffs. The two-time defending champs
    finish with the 3rd seed in the West and are bounced in the Western Conference
    Semifinals by the Oklahoma City Thunder, 4-1.

    March 15, 2012. Trade for Sessions and Trading Away Derek Fisher

    During that same season, the Lakers trade Jason Kapono, Luke Walton, and their
    2012 first round pick for point guard Ramon Sessions and forward Christian
    Eyenga. Eyenga never plays for the team and Sessions, after a mildly productive
    couple of months, is allowed to sign elsewhere.

    The Lakers also trade Derek Fisher, a beloved player who was integral to the
    Lakers as the starting point guard on five NBA championship teams, and the
    first-round pick acquired from Dallas in the Odom trade, in exchange for
    forward Jordan Hill (a player who was originally drafted by the Knicks and
    clashed with then-Knicks head coach Mike D’Antoni).

    Management’s disloyal reasoning appears to be that the other point guards on
    the team, Sessions and Steve Blake, will somehow not flourish simply if Fisher,
    the most respected player in the locker room, is on the team.

    Kobe Bryant, who: (1) began his career with Fisher when the two were Lakers
    rookies in 1996; (2) started in the backcourt with Fisher on all five of those
    championship teams; and (3) was closer to him than anyone else on the team; is
    once again angered by not being given a heads up about the move.

    July-August 2012. The Nash and Howard Trades

    On July 1, 2012, the Lakers use their trade exception from the Odom trade to
    acquire Steve Nash from the Phoenix Suns and sign him to a three year deal for
    $27 million. In exchange they send the Suns two first round draft picks (2013
    and 2015) and two second round picks (2013 and 2014).

    Jim Buss is publicly given almost full credit for this deal by Mitch Kupchak.

    On August 11, 2012, in a four team trade, the Lakers give up Andrew Bynum, Josh
    McRoberts, Eyenga, a conditional 2015 2nd round pick, and a conditional 2017
    1st round pick, for Dwight Howard, Chris Duhon, and Earl Clark. Though Howard
    is in the final year of his contract, Lakers management expresses confidence
    that they will resign him. Howard is recovering from back surgery, but is
    expected to return by the season opener.

    October 2012. The Mike Brown Firing

    The Lakers start the season 1-4 (after losing all of their preseason games).
    Jim Buss publicly gives coach Mike Brown a vote of confidence…before the Lakers
    fire Brown a few days later.

    Jim later states the decision was contemplated for a month prior, making the
    vote of confidence all the more bizarre. Brown’s guaranteed contract will have
    to continue to be paid off over the next few years.

    After hearing Lakers fans chanting Phil Jackson’s name during home games, it
    suddenly occurs to Lakers management that they should consider hiring Jackson,
    who is: (1) the team’s former coach who led them to five titles; (2) the most
    successful head coach in NBA history; (3) a Los Angeles resident; and (4) the
    fiancé of Jim’s sister, Jeanie Buss, who is also in charge of business
    operations for the Lakers.

    “Both my brothers are fearful of getting what they want and fearful of
    failure…Only Jeanie has the brains and the desire…At some level, Johnny and
    Jimmy must understand that.”- Janie Buss

    “Named must your fear be before banish it you can.” – Yoda

    November 2012. The Phil Jackson Fiasco

    After a Friday meeting on November 9, 2012, between Jackson, Jim Buss, and
    Mitch Kupchak, the former coach indicates he feels up to taking the job but
    would like the weekend to think about it. Jackson’s agent is set to fly in on
    Monday to discuss terms which have not been addressed yet.

    Lakers fans are ecstatic about what appears to be Jackson’s inevitable return
    and chant his name forcefully during the team’s next game that weekend. Both
    Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant strongly endorse Jackson as well, one of the few
    times they will be on the same page that season. Everything seems set up for
    another Lakers run of dominance.

    But Jackson receives a call from Mitch Kupchak just before midnight on Sunday,
    November 11, 2012, informing him that the Lakers have hired Mike D’Antoni. Both
    the decision and the seemingly shady manner in which the Lakers executed it are
    roundly criticized by fans, media, and former Lakers.

    “I don’t believe in Jim Buss.” – Magic Johnson on national television after
    Jim Buss vindictively refuses to bring Phil Jackson back to coach.

  • Lakerlife

    If the NBA didnt stick their nose in Laker Operations, We’d be well off and CP3 and Dwight would made a great Laker team alonfg with the guys we already have.. #hipocriteNBA

  • Gregory Gaylen

    Jeannie should wield an Iron Fist when presiding over Jimmy and Mitch… tolerate no BS.

  • Robert L. I.

    I threw-up in my mouth!!!!!!

    By far the best post ever in Lakers Nation history by Chrmngblly!

    Though I know the story behind the Lakers downfall well (right now the Clippers are “The Team”) reading Chrmngblly’s post in black and white makes one throw up in their mouths.

    The only chance to rid the Lakers of further buffoonery from the 6’1″ jockey2b dreamer is if fans stop going to games, season ticket holders revolt, and celebrity fans like Flea speak out loud and clear “This has to stop now!”

    Jeannie’s little interview seemed to me ridiculous and full of excuses. Somehow she’s stranglehold by her incompetent brother and has chosen to allow the Lakers to tank than make the correct decision. She fricken let her fiance walk away and leave town. WTF?

    I just keep throwing up in my mouth….argh!

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