Tumultuous Days Await Lakers Ownership?
(Jerry) Buss, whose 79th birthday is Sunday, has been the greatest owner in sports history, and the prospect of losing leadership that great is daunting for any organization in any field.
In Buss’ case, the plan is to hand the Lakers down to his six children – already having daughter Jeanie in place to run the business side and son Jim the basketball side.
Well … Jeanie and Jim aren’t speaking to each other.
They haven’t since Mike Brown was fired as Lakers coach in early November and the Lakers went through that unseemly, confusing, hurtful dance with Phil Jackson – the love of Jeanie’s life and now her fiancé – before hiring Mike D’Antoni.
Whenever the sad day comes when the team has to be handed down to the Buss children, things promise to get even uglier.