Jeanie Buss ‘Constantly Trying’ To Get Kobe Bryant Involved With Lakers, Will Always Maintain Open-Door Policy
Kobe Bryant, Jeanie Buss, Lakers
Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Just like with Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant will forever be connected to and essentially synonymous with the Los Angeles Lakers franchise.

SHOP NOW: CHECK OUT THE LATEST MERCH 🔥🔥🔥

But unlike Johnson, who once was head coach of the Lakers, held an ownership stake, and now is head of their front office as president of basketball operations, Bryant has maintained his distance since retiring.

Not out of disdain or any sort of frayed relationship, but rather a matter of preference. Bryant unequivocally has stated on multiple occasions he doesn’t have any desire to hold any official title with the Lakers.

During an interview on “The Rich Eisen Show,” Lakers controlling owner Jeanie Buss said she nonetheless has continued to probe and will forever welcome Bryant with open arms:

“I’m constantly trying to get Kobe to get more involved. He’s got so many other projects that he’s doing. He’s so creative and he’s got so many different things. He knows how much I need him and how much his support means to me. He always has an open door to anything he wants to do with the Lakers.”

Although Bryant hasn’t joined the Lakers front office in an official capacity, Buss and general manager Rob Pelinka have both championed him as serving as a sounding board. Pelinka credits Bryant for providing him with valuable advice and reassurance upon taking the Lakers GM position.

In addition, Bryant has made himself available to any of the team’s players, which Kyle Kuzma took advantage of during his rookie season. So while Bryant may never join the storied franchise with an official title, he very much remains tied to the Lakers.

Are you following us on Instagram? We’ve changed our handle to @LakersNationOfficial! Find us on Facebook at @LakersNation, and on Twitter @LakersNation.

You May Also Like

Lakers News: Danny Green, Kyle Kuzma Have Differing Opinions Of Jersey Messages

Although the 2019-20 NBA season is slated to restart at the end of the month, the excitement was overshadowed…

Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Congratulates Shaquille O’Neal On HOF Induction

The Los Angeles Lakers are set to watch yet another franchise great enter the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame. After winning three championships for the Lakers, Shaquille O’Neal will be enshrined into basketball immortality.

Lakers News: LeBron James Congratulates Mookie Betts, Dodgers On World Series Win

Just weeks after LeBron James led the Los Angeles Lakers to their 17th championship and first in 10 years, Mookie…

Lakers News: With Help From Former L.A. Assistant, Kyrie Irving Modeled Game After Kobe Bryant

Throughout the history of the NBA, many generational greats have come and gone, contributing to the overall landscape of what the NBA has become…