Can LA Lakers Flourish with Jeanie and Jim Buss on Two Different Pages?

It seems as though we're headed down a slippery slope in the Los Angeles Lakers' front office. 

The franchise was in great hands under Dr. Jerry Buss, but with two of his six children now in extremely prominent positions, the Lakers are having a tougher time flourishing.

Jeanie Buss is the executive vice president of the Purple and Gold, while her brother, Jim, is the executive vice president of player personnel. And as most siblings are wont to do, they can occasionally butt heads. 

Maybe that just rings true for families in which the sister is named Jeanie and the brother tends to get what he wants. Yes, I'm referring to Jeanie and Ferris Bueller. 

Recently, Jim and Jeanie just haven't seemed to be on the same page, and that's problematic for the Lakers organization. L.A. has already lost a marquee free agent and needs to get things straightened out before the eventual restocking (not rebuilding) process sprawls. 


Dwight Howard Situation

While there was technically no dig at Jim, there was.

It's not hard to read between the lines of Jeanie's recent statements about how her father could have kept Dwight Howard in L.A.

As ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported, the outspoken executive vice president had the following to say in the aftermath of Dwight's decision to leave Hollywood for Houston:

They would've probably had a better relationship if my dad hadn't been sick. When it came time to try to convince Dwight to stay, we lost the best closer in the business in Dr. Buss. Putting up the billboard maybe wasn't the right thing. But we maybe have to learn to do things differently because Dr. Buss isn't here anymore. People said [of the billboards], 'Oh, that's not the Laker way.' Well, the Laker way isn't the same, because Dr. Buss isn't here.

While she isn't directly taking a jab at her b...

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