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The Lakers own Los Angeles, and the Buss family owns the Lakers. Yet despite all the championship banners the team has put on the walls of Staples Center, and despite all the books the Lakers have put on the shelves of fans—featuring everybody from Jerry West to Magic Johnson to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Phil Jackson to Chick Hearn—there has never been a book on the Lakers from the Buss family. Until now. Until Jeanie Buss.
Her father, Jerry Buss, is the most successful sports owner in L.A. history, and her live-in boyfriend, Phil Jackson, is the most successful coach in NBA history. Her own role as team vice-president in charge of business operations and a member of the NBA’s Board of Governors makes her one of the most powerful women in sports. Her fascinating life provides more than enough rich material to fill a book. What was it like living at Pickfair as a college student and hanging around with her father’s girlfriends when they were all the same age? What was behind her decision to pose in Playboy? How hard was it to carve her own identity and to prove herself in the male dominated NBA hierarchy?
And most importantly, what is it like to be a woman caught between the two most powerful male sports figures in L.A? There are libraries full of sports books offering a view from the locker room to the court or the field, but there has never been one that takes readers from the coach’s bedroom to the owner’s poker table.
Jeanie also has stories from her days as the general manager of the L.A. Strings of World Team Tennis at age 19 and from her years procuring some of the top entertainment acts in the world for the Forum. She will take the reader through the highs and lows of the 2009-2010 season while weaving the story of her life through the narrative. The first-person account is co-written with Steve Springer, author of eight books, the last three of which were on the bestseller lists of either the New York Times or Los Angeles Times. This is Springer’s fourth Laker book.
Jeanie Buss is entering her 11th season as theLos Angeles Lakers' Executive VicePresident of Business Operations and is responsible for overseeing all of the Lakers' business operations, including relationships with the team's broadcast partners, FSN West, KCBS/KCAL 9-TV, and ESPN Radio. Working closely with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and assistant general managers Jim Buss and Ronnie Lester, she is also involved with the team's marketing, sponsorships, and other business dealings.
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Steve Springer is a former sportswriter who spent 25 years at the Los Angeles Times. This is his eighth book, and his fourth on the Los Angeles Lakers. He is also the co-author of the New York Times best seller American Son with boxer Oscar De La Hoya.
Los Angeles Times - "Getting a read on Phil Jackson through 'Laker Girl'"
October 18, 2010
USA Today - "Jeanie Buss on beau Phil Jackson, motorcycles and women in power"