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Laker Girl
Laker Girl

Laker Girl

By Jeanie Buss, By Steve Springer, Foreword by Phil Jackson

SPORTS & RECREATION

256 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Cloth, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

Cloth, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $27.95)

ISBN 9781600785115

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Nov 2010)

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Overview

The never-before-told story of the Buss family and of one woman's rise to the top in a man's world, Laker Girl is an unprecedented glimpse into the glamorous world of the Los Angeles Lakers. It is also a behind-the-scenes journal of the 2009–10 Lakers season, a year in which the franchise captured its 16th world championship. By the time Jeanie was 19, she was already a high-ranking executive with World Team Tennis. Today, she is the Lakers' executive vice president of business operations and one of the most influential women in professional sports. Along the way, she's rubbed elbows with everyone from Michael Jordan, John McEnroe, and Shaquille O'Neal to Ryan Seacrest, Khloe Kardashian, Hugh Hefner, and Jack Nicholson. And she's done it all in her own unique, inimitable style.

Reviews

"From tennis to concerts to volleyball to roller hockey to the Lakers, Jeanie Buss has been a central figure for three decades in her family's sports empire, the go-to person whenever there is a crisis to solve or a ceremony to stage. She's had a fascinating life, as you'll discover when you read this book which also includes her diary of the 2009-10 championship season."  —Magic Johnson

Author Biography

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.

Media

Jeanie Buss talks to The Kevin & Bean Show about life as a Laker Girl.
Jeanie Buss talks to Monday Night Mayhem about her life as a Laker Girl.
Jeanie Buss stops by Mason & Ireland to talk Laker Girl.
Jeanie Buss talks to the Los Angeles Times about Laker Girl.
Jeanie Buss appears on the LTV Postgame Show to discuss Laker Girl.
Jeanie Buss stops by The Wave to discuss Laker Girl.
Jeanie Buss joins Sekou Smith and Dennis Scott on the Hang Time Podcast to discuss Laker Girl.
Jeanie Buss stops by Petros & Money to talk Laker Girl.
Jeanie Buss talks to ESPN Los Angeles about her new book, Laker Girl.

Book Signings

Past Events


Dec
19
Jeanie Buss & Steve Springer - "Laker Girl" ›
West Hills, CA
10:00am
Dec
14
Jeanie Buss - "Laker Girl" ›
Los Angeles, CA
7:00pm
Dec
11
Jeanie Buss - "Laker Girl" ›
Los Angeles, CA
2:00pm
Nov
07
Jeanie Buss - "Laker Girl" ›
Los Angeles, CA
5:30pm

Press Releases


Laker Girl
By Jeanie Buss
With Steve Springer / Foreword by Phil Jackson

 

"From tennis to concerts to volleyball to roller hockey to the Lakers, Jeanie Buss has been a central figure for three decades in her family's sports empire, the go-to person whenever there is a crisis to solve or a ceremony to stage. She's had a fascinating life, as you'll discover when you read this book which also includes her diary of the 2009-10 championship season."
- Magic Johnson

 

The life story of Jeanie Buss could only have been written in Hollywood.  Her father, Jerry Buss, emerged from a childhood of financial struggle to improbably become one of California's most successful real estate developers. Though her life was not without turmoil-her parents divorced when she was still a child-Jeanie's world was forever changed for the better when her father bought the Los Angeles Lakers in 1979.

 

Laker Girl is the never-before-told story of the Buss family and of one woman's rise to the top in a man's world. It is also a behind-the-scenes journal of the 2009-10 Lakers season, a year in which the franchise captured its 16th world championship.

 

By the time Jeanie was 19, she was already a high-ranking executive with World Team Tennis. Today, she is the Lakers' executive vice president of business operations and one of the most influential women in professional sports. But Jeanie's business accomplishments only begin to tell the tale of her incredible journey. In true Hollywood fashion, Jeanie eventually found love where she least expected: with Phil Jackson, the Lakers' head coach and one of the most successful coaches in NBA history. Along the way, she's rubbed elbows with everyone from Michael Jordan, John McEnroe, and Shaquille O'Neal to Ryan Seacrest, Khloe Kardashian, Hugh Hefner, and Jack Nicholson. And she's done it all in her own unique, inimitable style.

 

From star-studded celebrity weddings, to meetings at the White House, to the STAPLES Center court after Game 7 of the NBA Finals, Laker Girl takes you behind the velvet ropes for an unprecedented glimpse into the glamorous world of the Los Angeles Lakers.

 

About the Authors:
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 co-author of the New York Times best seller American Son with boxer Oscar De La Hoya.

 

CONTACT: Josh Williams, Triumph Books, 312.252.1261, j.williams@triumphbooks.com

 

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