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Level Of Involvement Among Buss Siblings Within Lakers Organization Examined
Published April 21, 2014
FAMILY MATTERS: Bresnahan noted although Jeanie and Jim “generate the headlines, their four siblings will hold the swing votes in any major decision about the Lakers' future.” The oldest sibling, Johnny Buss, “hasn't been involved in the sports scene" since leaving an exec role with the WNBA Sparks in '06. While he holds the title of Lakers Exec VP/Strategic Development, "he's rarely seen around the team's headquarters.” Lakers Dir of Charitable Services Janie (Buss) Drexel remains Jeanie's “staunchest ally among the siblings.” NBA D-League L.A. D-Fenders President & CEO Joey Buss is “seen as a possible successor to Jim if the elder Buss steps down.” The youngest sibling, Lakers Dir of Scouting Jesse Buss, “works much more with Jim than any other sibling” (L.A. TIMES, 4/20).
STAYING OR GOING? Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said that fans’ dislike of coach Mike D’Antoni “would not be taken into consideration” when deciding the coach’s future with the team. Kupchak said, “I know internally we didn’t canvas our 19,000 season-seat holders. We care about what our fans think. We are going to try to get them something better and better every year. Sometimes that decision might not be what the fans want. But over the course of time, I think they’ve come to trust us that it will be the right decision” (LATIMES.com, 4/18).