If we learned one thing from Ric Bucher”s profile of Jim and Jeanie Buss and , it”s that the siblings have a working relationship remaining a long way from simpatico. Which means, of course, we learned nothing, because this has been public knowledge for years. Still, some interesting details emerged, worthy of a conversation.
Among the talking points:
- Were the Buss siblings better at keeping any philosophical disagreements behind closed doors, would it necessarily matter if they don”t see eye-to-eye? Fundamentally speaking, their jobs don”t contain a lot of overlap.
- It”s impossible to overstate just how big a professional and personal adjustment learning to function without Dr. Buss remains for the Lakers organization and the Buss children.
- Jim still finds himself taking crap for mistakes or dumb comments made 10 years ago. Will he ever be able to shake the poor narrative? (Hint: Not if he doesn”t stop wearing baseball hats.)
- Jeanie has absolutely earned her goodwill and respect among the Laker fan base, but there are some inherent and incredibly valuable advantages to her job that rarely, if ever, get acknowledged.
- If Jeanie actually did take over basketball operations, how would she operate?
- Kupchak, in so many words, made it clear he”d prefer Phil Jackson not be publicly critical of the Lakers, but is powerless to stop him. Could Jeanie? If so, why doesn”t she?
- AAK!!! Can Jordan Hill actually become a stretch-four? What”s the best place for a third arm? Which superhero would work best for a Coen Brothers movie? Who wins a fight between Clubber Lang and Ivan Drago?
- Brian and I offer recommended reading.