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SBD/September 12, 2013/People and Pop Culture
Lakers' Jim Buss Discusses Pressures Of New Role After Passing Of His Father
Published September 12, 2013
YOUR MOMENT OF ZEN: Shelburne wrote Lakers Exec VP/Business Operations JEANIE BUSS was "understandably devastated and hurt" when the Lakers hired coach MIKE D'ANTONI last year instead of her fiancé, PHIL JACKSON. Jim Buss said, "I felt compassionate. I wish I could do something about that, but on a business level, this was a business decision made by our father." He added, "I consider Phil family. That's how I look at him. If he wants to work with me on a consultant basis, I'm all for it. ... Yes, it feels like a soap opera. I'm learning to accept it. Jeanie's been a lot more in the public eye than I have been" (ESPNLA.com, 9/11).
CHANNEL GUIDE: Jackson and Jeanie Buss are slated to be part of a scripted drama on Showtime about a pro basketball team, and CBSSN’s Doug Gottlieb said, “This isn’t going to be a real story, this is not going to be a behind the scenes look at the Lakers. It’s going to be scripted." He asked, "Are they going to go to the level that ‘Playmakers’ went there for ESPN?” Gottlieb later added, “The Lakers have this partnership with Time Warner Cable, they have their own channel, yet this is going to appear on Showtime. Win for Showtime, no question” (“Lead Off,” CBSSN, 9/11).