Lakers Rumors: Jim And Johnny Buss Trying To Sell Their Interests In Team
Lakers News: Jeanie Buss Won’t ‘speculate’ On What Will Happen After This Season

It just wouldn’t be the Los Angeles Lakers without a little bit (or a lot) of drama. Recently, word broke that Jim and Johnny Buss were attempting to remove their sister Jeanie as the team’s president. The motivation seemed clear, as Jeanie had just fired Jim (along with Mitch Kupchak and John Black) from his role atop the team’s basketball operations department.

Ramona Shelburne shed light on the situation in a shocking piece:

This is something huge and it's not going to go away. They're trying to bust the trust so they can sell their [interests]," younger sister Janie Buss says. "And if they sell, that'll leave the rest of us in a minority."

The Buss family currently owns 66 percent of the team, and if the two brothers do find a way to sell, that would put the remaining Buss kids in a minority, though it's not clear exactly how they would do that since the trust also states that all six Buss children would have to agree to a sale.

Janie Buss elaborated further on the motivations of her brothers, via Shelburne:

"The way the trust is set up, it's last man standing," Janie says. "If I die tomorrow, my kids benefit a little bit but they don't get everything I'm entitled to. As we all go down, it's all going to end up in Joey and Jesse's hands because they're the youngest."

She says she understands why Johnny, age 60 with two young kids, would want to cash out and leave more to his own children. She's had the same thought. But ultimately, she wants to follow her father's wishes because, "I am living life better than I ever thought I could live, it's all because of my dad's hard work."

All of this is occurring just when it appeared that the Lakers would finally have a unified voice in the front office, with Jeanie working side-by-side with Johnson. Janie's desertion that this issue won't be going away anytime soon is certainly ominous, and it's going to be a major story to watch in the coming weeks.

You May Also Like

Lakers News: Ivica Zubac Credits Teammates; Luke Walton Uncertain Of Potential Role Once JaVale McGee & Tyson Chandler Return

Originally the No. 32 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Ivica Zubac has seen limited minutes since a solid rookie season where he averaged 7.5 points and 4.2 rebounds. With JaVale McGee…

Andrew Bynum Apologizes For Flagrant Foul on Barea & The Top NBA News

Top Story Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum apologized for his flagrant…

Lakers News: Kobe Bryant’s ‘Dear Basketball’ Animated Film Makes Shortlist For Oscar

A screening committee pared down a group of 63 animated short films to announce 10 nominees that advanced in…

Rajon Rondo Believes It’s ‘Tough To Say’ Type Of Team Lakers Are

When the Los Angeles Lakers signed LeBron James last summer, the expectations and trajectory for the franchise changed dramatically. While a second All-Star…