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  1. In memoir, Jeanie Buss says she was “stunned” Lakers didn’t hire Phil Jackson

    Sep 22, 2013, 7:59 PM EDT

    9th Annual G'Day USA Los Angeles Black Tie Gala - Red Carpet

    One more time down this well traveled road…. We all pretty much know how the Lakers hiring of Mike D’Antoni went down at this point: In short, Jim Buss wants to bring back more of a “ShowTime” feel and wanted to hire D’Antoni, they went through the motions with Phil Jackson thinking he wouldn’t want…

  2. Kobe Bryant comes to defense of Jim Buss

    Nov 16, 2012, 10:14 AM EDT

    New Los Angeles Lakers head coach D'Antoni walks on crutches as he passes by Bryant during practice in El Segundo, California

    Magic Johnson shredded Jim Buss — son of Jerry Buss and the guy running the Los Angeles Lakers now — on national television. And he spoke for a lot of Lakers fans when he did it. Magic said he trusted Jerry, not Jim. He said Mike Brown was a mistake hire from the start and…

  3. Phil Jackson says he had handshake deal that he could decide on Lakers job Monday

    Nov 12, 2012, 7:12 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant And Phil Jackson Address The Media

    Phil Jackson is telling his side of the story. Or, at least the public side of it. He released a statement Monday night that confirms part of what the Lakers have said — that this was a basketball decision not a move made because of salary, time off or other requests — but it also…

  4. Lakers owner Jim Buss gives Mike Brown vote of confidence

    Nov 8, 2012, 8:08 AM EDT

    Mike Brown

    After what is arguably the Lakers ugliest loss of the season in Utah — although it’s really hard to pick just one, they have all been so ugly — the heat from fans and the media is back on coach Mike Brown and his Princeton offense. But not from Lakers ownership. Jim Buss preached patience…

  5. Lakers owner says it is no accident they have 2014 cap space

    Oct 19, 2012, 12:05 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Dwight Howard

    It wasn’t LeBron James directly, that is just sort of a happy coincidence. But it is no accident that in a couple years the Lakers are going to have a boatload of salary cap space. Lakers owner Jim Buss — his father Jerry still owns the team but Jim is the guy running the show…

  6. Lakers owner Jerry Buss underwent surgery last week

    Aug 13, 2012, 9:56 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Regal FC Barcelona

    Lakers owner since 1979 Jerry Buss has been in poor health at points in the last year and the Lakers confirmed the 78-year-old had surgery last week. What kind of surgery? They won’t say. From the Los Angeles Times. “He did have surgery and it went fine,” Lakers spokesman John Black said. “He’s not home…

  7. Lakers owner Jim Buss says don’t expect big moves

    Jun 20, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    Two straight years the Lakers have been ousted in the second round. They still have Kobe Bryant and while he’s closer to the back end than the front end of his career he still was almost the league scoring champion. They have two All-Star caliber big men, maybe it is time to move one and…

  8. Jim Buss was “very disappointed” in Lakers finish

    Jun 1, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike Brown

    I will say this for Jim Buss (the son of Lakers owner Jerry Buss who now runs the franchise): he is getting out and talking to the media more. He realizes he needs to have a presence with the fans (like his sister Jeanie does). So he went on a the Lakers flagship radio station…

  9. The one where Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol buy a race horse

    Apr 26, 2012, 5:16 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    I feel like this story should start “Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol walk into a bar…” But in reality they were walking into a charity event, and it’s not a joke. Kobe and Gasol have partnered up as part owners of a race horse. Here is the story from the Associated Press: Bryant and Gasol…

  10. Kobe Bryant says some really nice things about Jim Buss

    Mar 23, 2012, 10:32 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike Brown

    Kobe Bryant is too smart to go on the Lakers flagship radio station in Los Angeles and rip his boss. He’d have you read between the lines of a terse statement. But that’s not what he did. Kobe was on the Mason and Ireland show on ESPN Radio in L.A. (John Ireland is the Lakers…

  11. Lakers players frustrated with Mike Brown’s offense, should be frustrated with themselves

    Mar 8, 2012, 12:39 PM EDT

    Metta World Peace, Rodney Stuckey

    It’s not the offense, it’s the execution. It’s the players. But that’s not the way everyone sees it. What everyone does agree on is Wednesday night’s ugly Laker loss to the Wizards — where Los Angeles was up 21 in the third quarter to one of the worst teams in the league and came from…

  12. Kobe tells Laker management to clarify Pau Gasol plans

    Feb 20, 2012, 2:05 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    Pau Gasol was almost shipped out to Houston before the season even started in the eventually-killed deal that would have brought Chris Paul to the Lakers. Last week there was talk of Gasol to Minnesota (an unlikely deal). Sunday came the report that Derrick Rose wants the Bulls to try and get Gasol (because the…

  13. Lakers owner Jerry Buss hospitalized

    Dec 7, 2011, 9:16 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Regal FC Barcelona

    Lakers owner Jerry Buss has been hospitalized due to blood clots in his legs, reports the Orange County Register. It is not considered serious and Buss, 77, is expected to be released in the next couple days, reports the Orange County Register. “He’s doing well,” (Lakers spokesman John) Black said Wednesday evening. Black said the…

  14. Report: Lakers will trade Bynum for “right deal” (meaning Howard)

    Dec 1, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    bynum-flagrant-beasley

    Jim Buss has a fondness for Andrew Bynum. Buss is now the guy calling the day-to-day shots for the Lakers but when he was coming up he was one of the champions of the Lakers drafting Bynum. This has made Bynum sort of Buss’ sign that he could do this job while many around the…

  15. Shaw’s account of leaving L.A. should make Lakers fans nervous

    Nov 1, 2011, 7:22 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw

    Kobe Bryant and most Lakers fans may not have liked it, but Brian Shaw never really stood a chance to become the Lakers next head coach. Shaw was qualified, and a top Lakers assistant, but his candidacy was doomed because he implied more of the same and Jim Buss wanted to put his stamp on…

  16. Andrew Bynum doesn’t want to be traded but happy to be wanted

    Aug 15, 2011, 9:57 AM EDT

    Andrew Bynum

    When people start talking Lakers and trades, Andrew Bynum’s name comes up. More often then it should. For one, these finals showed the importance of having a big, shot blocking presence in the paint and Bynum is one of the better players in the league at that job. Secondly, Jim Buss loves him and that…

  17. Kobe finally talks about Mike Brown, and all is right with the world

    Aug 2, 2011, 8:13 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Silence can speak volumes. When Kobe Bryant refused to talk about the hiring of Mike Brown, it had less to do with the hire than how it went down. First, Kobe was on record as a Brian Shaw backer. Second, he wasn’t even consulted or told about the hire — a consideration top stars all…

  18. Kevin Love getting input on Wolves next coach

    Jul 26, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

    Kevin Love mohawk

    (Editor’s note: Yes, that is Kevin Love in the photo to the right, he tweeted a pick of himself with his new haircut, and as it is a lockout we want you to know what is up with Love’s locks. You can thank us later.) Kevin Love is getting more respect from his organization than…

  19. Brian Shaw tees off on the Lakers over how his non-hiring went down

    Jul 16, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw

    Brian Shaw has a reason to gripe. He waited and waited for the chance to become the Lakers’ head coach after Phil Jackson retired. He sat through two near-retirements from Jackson. He coached the team when health problems prevented the Zen Master from being able to. He got to know the players, earned their respect…

  20. Mike Brown already preaching defense to Lakers

    May 31, 2011, 8:16 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike Brown

    Mike Brown’s first press conference as the Lakers head coach — and that’s official now, he signed the contract Tuesday — was really pretty uneventful. A lot of coach-speak. A lot of things about family, about him defining the culture and holding people accountable, about this still being Kobe’s team, about Brown trying to be…

  21. Jim Buss says he was wrong for not bringing Kobe into coaching decision

    May 29, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant talks during a news conference after the Lakers were knocked out of the NBA basketball playoffs in Los Angeles

    File under “things which would have been good to think about five days ago.” The Los Angeles Times sat down with Lakers VP Jim Buss who has been running the show and making decisions significantly different from how his dad has handled things over the last few years. They asked specifically about the hiring of Mike…

  22. Jim Buss heading Lakers may mean no Bynum trade

    May 26, 2011, 7:19 PM EDT

    bynum-flagrant-beasley

    Among the favorite pastime of some Lakers fans is a game called “Where can we trade Andrew Bynum?” Kobe Bryant has even played this game before. Bynum has been offered up in deals ranging from Dwight Howard to a rack of shootaround basketballs. Those games may be over. One thing the hiring of Mike Brown…

  23. Mike Brown can win with Lakers if Kobe buys in

    May 26, 2011, 11:57 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant talks during a news conference after the Lakers were knocked out of the NBA basketball playoffs in Los Angeles

    Mike Brown was hired because he was not Phil Jackson. That’s not all of it — all accounts around the league are that Mike Brown gives good job interview, and his defense-first philosophy is a good fit — but not being part of the Phil Jackson coaching tree mattered. This was Jim Buss’ move to…

  24. It’s official: Mike Brown is your new Lakers coach

    May 25, 2011, 6:17 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Cleveland Cavaliers

    UPDATE 6:19 pm: The Lakers have released an official statement on Mike Brown. “In response to rampant speculation and reports about our head coaching position and Mike Brown, we’ve met with Mike and are very impressed with him. In addition, we have an outline for an agreement in place and hope to sign a contract…

  25. Mike Brown to Lakers is Jim Buss’ call, showing power shift

    May 25, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Cleveland Cavaliers, Game 1

    Jerry Buss is still the owner of the Los Angeles Lakers. But he’s not the guy pulling the strings anymore, the power shift to son Jim Buss is pretty much complete. According to the Los Angeles Times, the move to set up and hire former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown was the younger Buss’ call.…

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