Jeanie Buss: Lakers Lost Closer in Dr. Buss
It’s hard to say if the Los Angeles Lakers could have done anything different in their campaign to retain free-agent center Dwight Howard that would have changed his mind about going to Houston.
The “Stay D12″ billboards around town didn’t work. Neither did anything anyone said in the Lakers’ pitch meeting to Howard in early July. Howard’s mind seemed mostly made up by then.
But Lakers executive vice president Jeanie Buss thinks one person might have been able to change Howard’s decision — her father, the late Dr. Jerry Buss.
“They would’ve probably had a better relationship if my dad hadn’t been sick,” Jeanie Buss said in a wide-ranging interview with hosts Mark Willard and Mychal Thompson on ESPNLA 710 Thursday morning. “When it came time to try to convince Dwight to stay, we lost the best closer in the business in Dr. Buss.
via Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles