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Jeanie Buss Says Media Plays Up Drama Between Siblings, Lakers' Leadership Structure
Published April 10, 2014
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MODERN FAMILY: Buss said of the way her father, late Lakers Owner Jerry Buss, designed the management setup between her and her siblings, "He knew our strong points, and I think he prepared us to be successful. He wanted this team to stay in the family." She added of her relationship with brother and Lakers Exec VP/Player Personnel Jim Buss, "I'm ultimately accountable. If someone isn't living up to expectations, (to) responsibilities, it's up to me to make the change that's necessary, so I guess that puts me in a different situation than just siblings. The media like to pump up that, but my brother has said it as well, that Jeanie's in charge and ultimately he would have to answer to me. But I don't run it like a dictatorship. I like to build consensus. I like everyone to have a voice in how we operate." Meanwhile, Buss said Lakers fans are "in it through thick and thin." She added, "They need to see steps are being taken, an investment's being made in the team, that we're building for the future to get back to the promised land." Buss said of expanding her media availability, "It's not my style usually to assert myself so strongly, but I want the fans to know that we're going to get the team back to where it should be" (L.A. TIMES, 4/9).