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  • LA Laker’s Jeanie Buss Doesn’t Play By The Rules

    The woman who will likely inherit this storied franchise devoted herself to her career, never had children, posed for Playboy at 32 and accidentally fell in love with the team’s coach 10 years ago.

    Last Wednesday at a New York City restaurant, I found myself sitting with LA Lakers executive Jeanie Buss and TV and radio host Gayle King, discussing men.

    “We need a better name for people in long-term relationships,” says King, referring to Buss’s long-time “boyfriend” Phil Jackson, 65, who is the current coach of the Lakers.

    “Paramour?” someone throws out. King shakes it off.

    “Manfriend?” asks another.  Buss waves it away, fingers glittering with two championship rings.

    “Boy toy!” I shout triumphantly, referencing a recent dig by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who made headlines after calling Jackson her “boy toy.” She just laughs and shrugs her shoulders.

    This isn’t unusual for Buss. Her life can be difficult to describe. The 49-year-old EVP of business operations is one of few powerful women in sports management, yet by her own admission is “not a pioneer.” She reports to her dad, Lakers owner Jerry Buss. He appointed her as general manager of his tennis team, the LA Strings, at just 19 while she was studying for her business degree from USC. She later became president of former Lakers arena, the Forum, and then was named to her current post in 1999. The woman who will likely inherit this storied franchise devoted herself to her career, never had children, posed for Playboy at 32 and accidentally fell in love with the team’s coach 10 years ago.

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