Jeanie Buss calls Lakers' D'Antoni hire 'betrayal'
Summary of 4 articles · Updated Sep 23, 2013
Los Angeles Lakers executive vice president of business operations and fiancee of legendary coach Phil Jackson Jeanie Buss calls the team’s decision to hire Mike D’Antoni over Jackson last November “a betrayal” in her upcoming updated memoir, “Laker Girl,” saying that it “practically destroyed me.” Jeanie Buss, the chief of the Los Angeles Lakers business operations and fiancee to Hall of Famer Phil Jackson, wrote in an upcoming update to her "Laker Girl" memoirs that she felt the hiring of Mike D'Antoni as head coach last year instead of Jackson was "a betrayal." The dirt between the Buss siblings, Jim Buss and Jeanie Buss, has been simmering beneath the surface of all the turmoil facing the franchise this offseason. In an excerpt from the book published in The Los Angeles Times, Buss provides extensive details on the Lakers’ coaching search following the firing of Mike Brown five games into last season, revealing that her brother Jim Buss the executive VP of player personnel, who had a contentious relationship with Jackson led the charge to choose D’Antoni. I felt that I got played. Jim Buss, speaking to ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne for a profile published earlier this month, said the hiring of D'Antoini was reflective of the wishes of their father, Jerry Buss, the longtime owner of the Lakers who died in February after an 18-month battle with cancer. "Phil wasn't looking for the job, and then he wasted 36 hours of his life preparing for it when they were never in a million years going to hire him anyway. The
LA Times Publishes Excerpt From Updated Jeanie Buss Memoir, “Laker Girl”
On Sunday, the Los Angeles Times published an excerpt from Jeanie Buss‘ updated memoir, Laker Girl. In the passage, Jeanie writes about the events surrounding the Lakers’ firing of Mike Brown and ensuing hire of Mike D’Antoni, but only after reaching ou…