Jeanie Buss used to be a staple (pardon the pun) in her court side seat at Lakers’ home games, though the team’s president and governor has been mostly absent from the arena in recent times.
Some Laker fans have speculated that Jeanie has stayed away from the games as a way to protest against the franchise’s decision to hire Mike D’Antoni instead of Phil Jackson, though the Zen Master’s fiancé says that’s not the case.
“I’m as devoted [to the Lakers] as I’ve ever been. I hope people understand that I was being a little selfish with my time. Two years ago I wanted to spend as much time with my father as I could. In the last year I’ve spent that time with Phil because, people have to remember, when he was coaching he’d be gone half the time on the road and I’d miss that time with him,” Buss said during a sit-down interview with Bill Macdonald from Time Warner Cable SportsNet. “Just in this last year, if I worked all day, came home and went to the game I’d only see him for an hour every day. It was nice to be able to stay home with him and watch the Laker games on television like so many other fans.”
Despite her presence at the games, Buss wanted to make it clear that she still bleeds purple and gold.
“I understand people wondered where I was but I was as much in love with the Lakers as I’ve always been. The Lakers are my life. This is the family business,” Buss said. “The family’s going to own the team for as long as the family’s together. I think now that my fiancé is going to have something to occupy his time, that’s going to free me up to be able to go to games again.”
That’s what the fans want to hear.
It’s always nice to see Jeanie at the games. She’s usually seen interacting with the fans or sitting alongside celebrities such as Yasiel Puig.
However, it’s completely understandable that Jeanie wanted to spend time with he father during his final days, and you can also appreciate that she leads a busy life and wanted to be around Phil as much as possible, too.
Going forward, though, it seems that Jeanie will be attending more home games, and that’s great news for Laker fans.