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The Buss family has found itself even more so in the spotlight as of late, with the focus less on its basketball decisions and more on its inner workings. On Aug. 8, Jeanie Buss went on an ESPN Radio affiliate and discussed her father's passing and its effect on the Lakers' business structure, and then early this week the Hollywood Reporter ran an in-depth profile of both Jeanie and her brother, Jim Buss, spotlighting their relationship as they look to transition the Lakers back into a winner.
It's been just six months since the February death of Jerry Buss, and in that time, his beloved Lakers have clawed their way to an eight seed before being swept in the playoffs' first round and lost out on their biggest free-agent conquest in years. It's been a tough year in Lakerland, and that's only been highlighted by Buss's gradual lessening of impact on the team and his eventual death.
In that Aug. 8 radio interview, Jeanie Buss went so far as to say that had...
BEST OF MAXIM
Jim Buss gets a lot of bad press and a hard time from the fans, yet one league executive feels as if the son of the legendary Dr. Jerry Buss is misunderstood.
According to Ric Bucher, who did a in-depth piece on the Buss family for the Hollywood Reporter, one unnamed league executive said that Jim was “underestimated” and “smarter” than his sister, Jeanie:
But one league...
Apparently, if Jeanie Buss wanted it to happen, Phil Jackson could return to the Lakers and Jim Buss wouldn’t have a problem with it.
According to a piece by Ric Bucher for the Hollywood Reporter, Jim is “fine” with Jackson returning to the Lakers, although it may only be in a consultant role:
Jim Buss has made it clear he’s fine with Jackson being on the payroll if Jeanie...
In recent times, Magic Johnson has been one of Jim Buss’ harshest critics, and it appears that Dr. Jerry Buss wasn’t too happy with Earvin’s comments about his son.
According to Ric Bucher, who did a in-depth piece on the Buss family for the Hollywood Reporter, Dr. Buss was hurt by Magic’s public criticism of his son:
Magic Johnson, as close to a deity among Lakers fans...
'JUST PASSING THROUGH'
Lakers executive vice president of player personnel Jim Buss believes that Dwight Howard's heart was never really in L.A., saying, "He was never really a Laker."
The Lakers may be the only NBA team whose inner workings can be the stuff of a long expos on a Hollywood entertainment news site, but such is the privilege or plight of what the Buss family has wrought over the past three decades.
On Wednesday, a long piece by Ric Bucher was published on the Hollywood Reporters website. The story details the transition of power within the Buss...
Buss' Lakers launch, in futility, "Stay D12" campaign to keep him in Los Angeles. After he moves to the Rockets, Buss says "He was never really a Laker." Makes sense
It's not a shock to any in the NBA community when Dwight Howard's lone season, the 2012-13 campaign, with the Los Angeles Lakers is designated a failure of nearly epic proportions...
Dwight Howard decided to leave the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason to sign with the Houston Rockets.
"He was never really a Laker," said Jim Buss of Howard. "He was just passing through."
According to those close to Howard, he could have been persuaded to re-sign with the Lakers.
Jeanine Buss believes Howard would have remained with the Lakers if her father...
It would be nice if only for a few months the Lakers could get by without Jim Buss being in the news. Any chance of that happening in the wake of the team losing Dwight Howard in free agency was wiped out when Buss was interviewed by the Hollywood Reporter for a story that appears this week. Buss came across as bearing the sourest of grapes when he said of Howard “He was never...
Last season, most Lakers fans were ready to accept Dwight Howard, but it didn’t seem like he was ready to accept them. Did he ever really want to be a Laker? Did he ever truly embrace the purple and gold? Jim Buss doesn’t think so.
According to Ric Bucher who did a piece on the Buss family for the Hollywood Reporter, Jim feels that Howard was “never really a Laker”:
Now that Dwight Howard has officially left LA to join the Houston Rockets, Lakers owner and vice president, Jim Buss, says that the 27-year-old center, who spent just one season with the franchise, was “never really a Laker.”
According to Ric Bucher, Hollywood Report:
Jim insists he’s just following his father’s blueprint, but the Howard situation suggests he missed a page...
A pair of reading glasses sits atop the dresser in Jeanie Buss' bedroom. There's nothing remarkable about the frameless specs except for one detail: They sat on the nose of her father Dr. Jerry Buss whose smiling face forever will be identified with the Los Angeles Lakers the NBA franchise he owned for 34 years until his death in February at age 80. Under Dr. Buss the Lakers...
The Lakers tried really, really hard to make Dwight Howard comfortable during his one season in Los Angeles, and they did all they could to lure him back once he became eligible for free agency. A team doesn’t offer a player a more-than-maximum contract or construct giant billboards begging him to “Stay.” if it doesn’t like having him around.
Nevertheless, Lakers owner and...
You know how guys be at the club and after being denied by a woman they are trying to pursue they hit her with the….
“I didn’t want you anyway, you’re ugly.”
I think that pretty much describes these comments by Jim Buss.
“He was never really a Laker,” Jim said to Ric Bucher of The Hollywood Reporter. “He was just passing through.”