The never-before-told tale of the Buss relatives and of 1 woman's upward push to the pinnacle in a man's global, Laker Girl is an exceptional glimpse into the glamorous international of the l. a. Lakers. it's also a behind-the-scenes magazine of the 2009–10 Lakers season, a 12 months within which the franchise captured its sixteenth international championship. by the point Jeanie was once 19, she was once already a high-ranking government with international workforce Tennis. this day, she is the Lakers' govt vp of commercial operations and probably the most influential girls in specialist activities. alongside the best way, she's rubbed elbows with everybody from Michael Jordan, John McEnroe, and Shaquille O'Neal to Ryan Seacrest, Khloe Kardashian, Hugh Hefner, and Jack Nicholson. And she's performed all of it in her personal special, inimitable sort. during this up-to-date version, Buss discusses her contemporary engagement to Phil Jackson and appears again at the Lakers' eventful earlier 3 seasons—an period that has integrated a number of training adjustments, alterations within the entrance workplace, a brand new television deal, and masses extra.
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In genuine lifestyles, simply because i'm in a in all likelihood antagonistic scenario with humans professionally doesn’t suggest I can’t recognize them and, on the finish of the day, be neighbors with them. I simply had to detect that I can’t regulate the media. every body is entitled to his or her opinion. I can’t dictate to them what to jot down or broadcast, so I don’t allow it get to me in the event that they convey a view I don’t believe. again whilst I first entered the general public eye, in spite of the fact that, I hadn’t built that angle, and that i allow one article hit me tough. We had a global Championship Tennis occasion on the discussion board that includes 3 of the pinnacle 8 avid gamers on the earth, all reliable on clay courts. yet of them—Jose Luis Clerc and Guillermo Vilas—lost within the first around. It used to be a quick court docket, now not the clay they excelled on. buyers complained in regards to the upsets. A la occasions sportswriter ripped me and ripped the match. Ivan Lendl, ranked No. 2 on this planet on the time, ended up profitable the identify, so we had a best participant as champion. yet that didn’t alleviate my bruised emotions in regards to the tale. Breaking out in tears, I advised my dad, “I’m rather sorry. i'm hoping this doesn’t embarrass the family members. I did the simplest i may. ” “What do you are expecting? ” stated my dad, pertaining to the author. “He is perhaps an intern slightly making $10,000 a 12 months. ” When I heard that, i began crying even tougher. “Now what’s fallacious? ” he requested. “That’s how a lot you pay me! ” I acknowledged. I instantly received a increase. The worst article ever written approximately me ended up making me cash. 10. February February 1 Grizzlies ninety five, Lakers ninety three The timing was once brilliant. approximately midway via this doubtless endless street journey, workforce group of workers have been reunited with friends and family for the White residence stopover at. with no that holiday, the journey may have felt interminably lengthy. Thank goodness, the Lakers are flying domestic after tonight’s video game, days wanting weeks on the grounds that they left. I’ve been on my percentage of Lakers journeys and feature adequate friendly stories to final me an entire life, yet there's one reminiscence i'll do with no. I don’t take the group bus simply because i think that’s a personal sanctuary for the coaches and gamers. yet on one get together, the separate transportation often prepared to get me to the workforce inn was once nowhere in sight once we landed. on account that we take constitution flights that sometimes land in remoted parts of the airport clear of most people, I couldn’t simply stroll out and discover a cab. That left me no choice except the workforce bus. I stood correct in entrance of the door as every body used to be submitting on, hoping a person might inform me the place to sit down. i do know everyone gravitates towards their convenience zone—the avid gamers in a single part and the coaches in one other, with running shoes, executives, PR humans, and broadcasters settling into their regularly occurring spots in addition. Del Harris was once the trainer then, yet neither he nor anyone else appeared to be inquisitive about the place I sat. So i ultimately boarded the bus and came across the single empty seat was once in entrance of defend Nick Van Exel. My rear finish hadn’t even touched the cushion while he acknowledged, “You can’t take a seat there.