"Laker Girl" Jeanie Buss details life in new book

Tue Feb 15, 2011 4:13pm EST
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By Bob Tourtellotte

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Anybody who has ever worked for a family business knows it is hard to juggle the competing issues of work life versus family life.

But when your family business is as high profile as professional basketball's Los Angeles Lakers -- one of the winningest championship teams of all time -- the job can be even more challenging. Add in that you are dating the team's coach, and it gets even more complicated.

Welcome to the world of Jeanie Buss and her memoir "Laker Girl," which is currently in bookstores.

Buss is executive vice president of business operations for the Lakers, one of the world's best known sports franchises. She is the daughter of team owner, Dr. Jerry Buss, and sister to executive vice president of player personnel, Jim Buss. As important, she is the girlfriend of coach Phil Jackson.

She calls juggling her personal and her business life one of the most challenging issues she faces, day-to-day.

"My dad is very clear about family time being family time and not letting business encroach on that. And if there is a serious business issue, we make an appointment, sit down and have a meeting and keep it separate," Buss told Reuters.

"Anybody who's in a family business will agree that it's really hard to keep boundaries, yet it's really important to keep the sanity of the family," she said.

Buss is, perhaps, the biggest Laker booster of them all, and it comes across in "Laker Girl." Readers gain insight into the team during its championship season of 2009-2010, as well as into Buss's life with Jackson and her career in business.   Continued...

<p>Jeanie Buss, Los Angeles Lakers Executive Vice President of Business Operations, poses for a portrait in the Staples Center before the NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs in Los Angeles, February 3, 2011. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok</p>