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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books; First Edition edition (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600785115
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600785115
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,110,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeanie Buss is entering her 11th season as the Lakers' executive vice president of business operations and is responsible for overseeing all of the Lakers' business operations, including relationships with the team's broadcast partners, FSN West, KCBS/KCAL 9-TV, and ESPN Radio. Working closely with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and assistant general managers Jim Buss and Ronnie Lester, she is also involved with the team's marketing, sponsorships, and other business dealings. Steve Springer is a former sportswriter who spent 25 years at the Los Angeles Times. This is his eighth book, and his fourth on the Los Angeles Lakers. He is also the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller American Son with boxer Oscar De La Hoya. Phil Jackson is a retired professional basketball coach and player who is widely considered one of the greatest coaches in the history of the NBA. He has won 11 NBA titles as a coach, six with the Chicago Bulls five with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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I love the Lakers and reading bout them.
Lmicky
Jeanie gives some great insight in to the inner workings of the organization and her relationship with the zen master himself.
Matt J. Mucciolo
The cover photo and the inside pictures were also excellent.
Gary Tallman

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 30, 2010
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Jeanie Buss started out sort of like the Ricky Schroeder of the professional basketball world, and I know that's a weird analogy. But she took that shiny silver spoon handed to her by her rich genius dad and she worked her tail off and took no guff and exercised her business acumen. As the Executive Veep of Business Operations for the Buss empire, she makes the hard decisions, and she's earned the right to do that. She claims she's not comfortable with the "female role model" label except she's so damn good at being one. Jeanie Buss, in her various interviews and public functions, has never come off as less than engaging and personable and amazingly down-to-earth. In many ways, she's become the face of the business side of the Lakers franchise, and always seemingly accessible. Jeanie has stated that she struggled with writing this book, that she's really not a writer, that it's a bit irritating to her that while it took her around nine months to finish this book, her boyfriend scribe Phil Jackson, well within that same span of time, had sharpened his quill, dipped into his ink bottle, and flourished off yet another potential best-seller. But does any of Phil's tomes come off as warm and engaging as Jeanie's LAKER GIRL?

Jeanie offers such a unique, interesting perspective. As she writes in her intro, "This is the story of a family business in which the owner's daughter is dating her father's star employee. No matter what the business is, who wouldn't be interested in that?" And she's right. This is a good hook. And, it turns out, Jeanie has things to say. Co-author Steve Springer helps her to say them. Phil Jackson himself writes the foreword.
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By Suzanne Dunn on March 22, 2014
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interesting insight to the Lakers and the Buss families. More details about the inner workings of the Lakers would peak more interest.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By California Dreamer on February 3, 2011
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This is a fascinating look inside a sports empire that Jerry Buss has created and then allowed his children to help run it. Jeanie Buss reveals a love for the Purple and Gold along with a sharp sense for business. She is forthcoming about her childhood, her many relationships, and professional life, sprinkled with lessons she has learned through the years. Women in particular will admire how she has become a respected executive with integrity, a sense of humor, loyalty and sensitivity in a male dominated business.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gary Tallman on December 10, 2010
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I am not a Laker fan or much of a basketball fan but this book blew me away. I loved all the behind the scenes stories of what it takes to put together an NBA championship team and all the history of Dr. Buss's climb through the ranks to being such a humble but proud hall of fame owner. You get a wonderful glimpse into Phil Jackson and his relationship with Jeanie. Jeanie and Mr. Springer write with great attention to detail and the pacing of the chapters was terrific. There is not one uninteresting section of this book. I would recommend it to any sports fan seeking a behind the scenes glimpse of a team in action. It is also a book of empowerment. The cover photo and the inside pictures were also excellent.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By RSProds TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 30, 2010
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Four and a half ENGAGING Stars! Essentially a Jeanie Buss 10-month wide-ranging and varied journal of "the highs and lows" and interesting trivia in a long NBA championship-winning season that stretches from October 2009 to the Jerry Buss Basketball Hall of Fame induction in August 2010. More importantly, interspersed is the inside story of the business and social acumen of Ms Buss, the Executive Vice President of Business Operations for the Los Angeles Laker basketball team organization and the story of her family. It also specifically covers her father, Dr Jerry Buss, the owner of the Lakers, from his humble beginnings in Wyoming during the Great Depression to a Ph.d. in physical chemistry to the founding of the massive and lucrative Mariani-Buss Associates real estate empire, paving the way to ownership of the Lakers. There is also some inside information on her boyfriend, Laker coach Phil Jackson, "the love of her life" (and answers the question on her possible marriage to Jackson.) She can be down-to-earth: despite being a privileged Laker executive and Los Angeles insider, she travels coach on airlines. There are some inside views, such as: the Jerry Buss-Jack Kent Cook mega-deal for the Lakers (and more) purchase, the Lamar Odom-Khloe Kardasian wedding, the effect of Kareem's leukemia announcement, Chick Hern's influence, how hard Magic Johnson's HIV diagnosis hit Dr Buss personally, the Buss divorce, the Playboy photo shoot, marriage and divorce, that Phil Jackson was NOT in on the trade for Pau Gasol, and information on Phil's coaching future. While there are lots of overviews, the book contains many nuggets that make it a worthwhile, enjoyable read.Read more ›
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Didina on December 2, 2010
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Easy reading. Captured my interest throughout the book. Also like to see a woman executive without an ounce of arrogance.
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