So who is really in charge these days for the Los Angeles Lakers?
While Jeanie Buss IS the Owner and President of the Los Angeles Lakers, she may not be the one running things at the moment.
According to Dan Feldman of NBC Sports, citing ESPN’s Amin Elhassan, folks around the NBA think Jeanie’s best friend Linda Rambis is the ‘shadow owner’ of the Lakers.
“Some agents and GMs around the league have dubbed her the shadow owner of the Lakers, that everything goes through Linda Rambis, and if you want to convince Jeanie of something, you’ve got to get Linda first.”
Rambis and Buss have been friends for 4+ decades, and Rambis herself serves as Executive Director of Special Projects for the Lakers.
Apparently, those special projects include sitting in on coaching interviews as she did when the Lakers interviewed Monty Williams.
Her husband Kurt Rambis, who is Senior Basketball Advisor, helped interview Williams and reports are the Lakers want to make Rambis associate head coach.
Rambis as coach in any capacity…bad idea.
Needless to say, the Lakers are a mess at the moment.
Magic Johnson quit to go tweet more, Luke Walton was been fired, Rob Pelinka is in over his head, and the Lakers are unsure of who their next coach will be.
Not to mention a massive free agency period is coming this offseason that will have the likes of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, etc. available.
Oh, and some guy named LeBron is still on the roster.
The Lakers have a lot to figure out and it’s starts with defining who’s really in charge in Tinsel Town.
Based on what NBA folks think, who knows at this point.