LA Lakers President Jeanie Buss Bears It All

Loved by so many people Victory time, but I understand how something like this can be as personal to you as it is to your family. Is it personal to you?

I feel conflicted because I think John C. Reilly caught a lot of my dad in his performance. And, you know, I miss my dad. So I have to say reliving some of those good memories for me. But, you know: the timeline isn’t quite right for my grandma and stuff like that. I feel like I’m watching a TV show, I’m not watching my life.

You say about your brothers: Is there still tension in the family after what happened? While watching Heritage, it feels like there’s still some beef on the table. You mentioned that things are being fixed, so how are things going with family rehabilitation?

Very good. This document allows so much healing to take place, with everyone being able to say their part. When my father passed away, the Lakers’ value was probably pegged at $1.5 billion and, you know, we still haven’t sold the Clippers to Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. And, currently, according to Forbes valuation, our team is worth more than 5 billion dollars.

In 10 years, I think they’ll say I’m a good brand manager. I have defended the shareholders. We won the championship and are currently drawing with the Celtics in terms of titles. So: I think they’ll say I’m the right person for the job and that’s what my dad intended.

When you spend your entire life in a group, you hold a lot of stories. What’s your upcoming story?

[laughs] Do you mean about the player or…?

Whatever is the first one just pops into your mind right there.

You know, I talk about Phil Jackson a lot. When my dad hired him, I rolled my eyes, like why do we give this he seems high maintenance. Then, of course, we started a relationship that lasted 17 years. He is famous for giving books to players. On their first road trip of the season, he’ll give them a book. And, you know, a lot of players will throw them in their lockers or mock it in the media.

And I finally told him, “I don’t understand. Why do you keep doing it? They don’t read it”.

He said, “Jeanie: not that they read it right away. That book may be on their shelf for 10 years, but one day they will. And they’ll get the message when they’re ready for what I’m trying to share with them. “It’s the little things like that… what the purpose and intent of this game can mean to the people who participate in it.

I just think about Kobe, again. A few years ago, he called Phil. After retiring, he began coaching his daughter’s basketball team. He’s teaching them the Triangle of Crime. And he called Phil in Montana and said, “Can you give me some more book ideas?” That, that, I really believe Kobe will one day be a great NBA coach. And Phil continued to feed him information, planting those ideas in his head. It was a gift…

Lakers fans are obviously crazy…

[laughs]

When you’ve won a lot and hung a lot of banners, it allows people to believe that winning can last forever. For you, you’ve had the luxury of seeing it all, and now you’re leaving one tumultuous season and heading for another: What gives you a foothold in difficult moments?

Phil [Jackson] would always say, “every year there’s a path to a championship.” Sometimes it can be completely uphill [laughs] or, you know, through a rainforest! But you always have to see that there is success at the end of the journey and you just keep going. Every step you take will get you closer to that. You can’t win every year, but every year you have to have an open mind and an open heart, thinking that you maybe arrive there.

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