Even if the Lakers don’t seem to feel too much together from the outside looking inward, this doesn’t seem to have had much of an impact on the inside team, or at least not with the two most prominent and potentially influential figures on the inside. franchise.
Team owner Jeanie Buss and superstar striker LeBron James have always been on good terms, dating back to a memorable dinner from LeBron’s first season with the Lakers, which helped pave the way for a future title winner. While LeBron and his Klutch Sports agency had a war of words with the front office, it never climbed to a LeBron vs. Jeanie’s stories.
Even then, as the Lakers were completely out of the postseason and Frank Vogel was fired in a not so flattering way, heading into an offseason in which LeBron could sign an extension, it was fair to ask what the relationship was like. between the two parties. But in a recent appearance on Get Up, Brian Windhorst of ESPN took a look at the current dynamics between LeBron and Jeanie.
“Well, you’re shortening a few cooks in the kitchen, because Jeanie also supports her brothers, Joey and Jesse Buss, who I’ve been told have attended at least some of the Zoom coaching interviews so far. But I’m going to say that a lot of people in the league follow Joey and Jesse Buss’s opinions, so I’m not necessarily saying it’s a bad thing, but there are more people involved, and I don’t have a clear answer for you. how the decision will be made, because I think Phil Jackson contributed to the coach’s previous decisions. I don’t think this is necessarily a new thing. But from LeBron, from what I understand … LeBron and Jeanie are in a good place now. Despite the frustrations of the season, LeBron believes that a few adjustments and some health can actually turn this around and be super competitive. He’s invested, he wants to be there. Now, let’s see where it is in August. Because in August he has a decision – and so do the Lakers – on a contract extension, but there is still some time between now and then. “
Discussions about LeBron’s expansion will dominate the headlines until August, as Windhorst notes. If he doesn’t sign an agreement, then he will spend the next season in Los Angeles, the whole discussion about his imminent departure and not about him following Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the 1st place of all time in scoring.
The good news is that Jeanie and LeBron are on good terms. However, this does not necessarily mean that he is on good terms with the front office. While general manager Rob Pelinka said during his exit interview that he and the Lakers felt that LeBron wanted to remain a Laker, LeBron did not even discuss an extension with his own agency and Rich Paul.
Time will tell if LeBron is convinced of what the free agency front office is doing enough to sign that extension. No matter how good they fit in with Jeanie, if the front office can’t build a winner, LeBron won’t stay around. And if the front office can’t do the job, it will probably be the result that too many chefs are in the kitchen, with Phil Jackson most recently introduced.
For now, there is no indication that LeBron is bowing in one way or another, and if anything, his relationship with Jeanie could be easily imagined as positive. But the pressure is still on the Lakers, because they have to make the right moves to keep their relationship with LeBron in that good place.
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