Even though we at FB&G try to focus our attention on the “on-court” happenings with the Lakers, you’d have to live in a cave to not at least be aware of the off-court family drama which persists among the team’s owners. After Jeanie Buss relieved Jim Buss of his duties as VP of Basketball Operations and installed Magic Johnson as the top basketball decision maker, the fallout has been very real.
The inherent drama of these moves and resulting aftershocks is the stuff of tabloids and soap operas. If you would prefer to not even consider these things, I don’t blame you. All of it reeks, a continuation of the dysfunction and in-fighting which plagued the franchise in the immediate aftermath of Dr. Buss’ death through current day. That said, if these things do interest you, Ramon Shelburne of ESPN has a long and worthwhile story up on the behind the scenes activity which got Jim (and the front office) and Jeanie (along with Magic Johnson) to the point they are now.