HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — We spent nearly the entire month of June talking about the Celtics and Lakers as they battled it out in an epic seven-game NBA Finals that captivated basketball fans around the globe.
Few people had a better view of the Celtics then and now than our main man A. Sherrod Blakely, who covers the Celtics and the league for ComcastSportsNet and CSNNE.com.
No one, other than maybe Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant, had a better or more unique seat for the Lakers’ title run and all that’s gone on since than Lakers Executive Vice President of Business Operations Jeanie Buss.
We worked them both for insights on these title contenders on Episode 31 of the Hang Time Podcast, which includes a special guest appearance from NBA TV analyst “3D” Dennis Scott.
Not only is Buss a high-powered executive, she is also Jackson’s girlfriend, the daughter of Lakers’ owner Jerry Buss and one of the most influential women in all of professional sports.
You’ll soon be able to add best-selling author to her list of accomplishments. Buss co-authored (along with Steve Springer) “Laker Girl,” her diary that chronicled last season’s title run while connecting the dots that stretch back decades to the origins of her father’s and her family’s long history with the Lakers.
Buss gave up the goods on Justin Bieber‘s ring night visit to the Staples Center, opened up about her favorite Lakers of all time and the genesis of “Jeanie-Vision” (below) and so much more.
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