The past two weeks have been a whirlwind for Lakers fans. The team finally moved on from Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak, replacing them with Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka respectively. It finally seemed like the storied franchise was turning the page on a dismal past few years, and looking toward a brighter future.
The hiring of Magic and Pelinka didn’t guarantee anything, but it showed that controlling owner Jeanie Buss wasn’t going to continue to stand by as the Lakers continued their downward spiral to the NBA’s basement. It finally seemed like the Lakers were ready to move on from the off-court drama that has surrounded the franchise since the death of the great Jerry Buss.
However, after Jim and Johnny Buss reportedly tried to remove Jeanie as controlling owner, it seems like the drama is just getting started. All six Buss siblings are part of the ownership group that controls 66% of the Lakers franchise, with Jeanie being the controlling owner.
While Jeanie may have won the first round against her brothers, Jim and Johnny don’t seem to be going away quietly. Things could get ugly in the coming months.
Lakers Nation News
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Lakers’ Luol Deng understands being placed on inactive list – LA Daily News
Lakers coach Luke Walton adjusting to new landscape in Los Angeles – USA Today
Pat Riley firmly in Magic’s corner: ‘He’s a prodigal son of the Lakers’ – Yahoo! Sports
Pacers president Larry Bird sees a lot of himself in Lakers president Magic Johnson: ‘He’s got a lot to learn’ – Yahoo! Sports
Luke Walton was surprised by the Lakers’ front office reshuffling – Sports Illustrated
Is Lonzo Ball’s dad hurting his draft stock? NBA execs weigh in – Sporting News
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NBA postpones Monday’s Blazers-Wolves game due to slippery Target Center court – CBS Sports
Warriors’ Draymond Green rips Knicks’ ‘ridiculous’ no in-game music experiment – CBS Sports
NBA commissioner Adam Silver says All-Star Game needs ‘reset’ – ESPN
Big Board 4.0: Top NBA draft prospects competing for No. 1 – ESPN
Why TNT’s ‘Players Only’ NBA telecast is such a hit – NY Daily News