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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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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: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,358,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Huge Lakers fans in my household. Was a birthday gift for my boyfriend, who is not much of a reader, and he finished it in one week. Great read!
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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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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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Great insights if u'r a Lakers fan like me!
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After this book -- I feel not only enlightened by the sports world but as a business women I feel like I can conquere the world of men as a women. Jeanie Buss gives such a rich insightful detailed well articulated and highly entertaining view from her position as the ceo of Laker functions. He father build this from nothing it's the American dream done right and still brightly shining.
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I only paid a dollar for this book (at the Dollar Tree store), so I guess I can't complain too much. This is a very slanted and self-serving story about a one percenter who inherited wealth and position without earning it. The Lakers may be sometimes great on the court (I'm a many year season ticket holder in the ninth row/center court), but there are a million stories about the mistakes made by Jeanie and brother Jim in their business dealings over the years. Save your money (even if it's a dollar) and wait till that real book about the Buss family is published in 2018.
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