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Lakers' Jeanie Buss discusses new book 'Laker Girl' [video]

November 18, 2010 | 12:30 pm

Trophies and JeanieEvery time Jeanie Buss walks into her office, she sees the Lakers' championship trophies, arranged  adjacent to the window that overlooks the team's practice court.

The Lakers' executive vice president sometimes calls her office "the trophy room I happen to have a desk in."

She said in a recent interview that her boyfriend, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson, likes to come into her office and "open the blinds because he always wants the players to see the trophies and be reminded of what the goal is."

That goal is at the center of her new book "Laker Girl," a collaborative effort with former Los Angeles Times writer and longtime Laker author Steve Springer that features biographical sketches and monthly diary entries detailing the Lakers' 2009-10 championship season. I recently conducted an interview with Buss, which is broken up in three parts in the videos below.

In the first video, Buss talks about how the book project came up, why she feels so driven to work in the family business and her desire to prove herself outside the shadow of her father, Lakers owner Jerry Buss.

Among the highlights of the second part of the Buss interview: her relationship with Jackson; her frustrations over the uncertainty last season of his coaching future; and her dog, Princess.


In the third part of the interview, Buss talks about the unveiling of Jerry West's statue during All-Star weekend; Princess makes a cameo appearance; Buss tells why she believes this is truly Jackson's last season; and she talks about the upcoming collective-bargaining agreement, her relationship with her mother and her relationship with the media and public.

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Jeanie Buss, Lakers executive vice president, in her office at the Lakers' facility in El Segundo. Credit: Courtesy of Jeanie Buss