Jeanie Buss is the current governor of the Los Angeles Lakers, and there's no doubt that she has seen a lot of success but also a lot of tough times. She is well-known for having a connection with Kobe Bryant.
Earlier this month, Jeanie Buss posted a Tweet saying she missed Kobe Bryant, claiming that he "understood team over self", and stating that "he was the greatest Laker ever". This is a Tweet that clearly shows Buss' appreciation for Kobe Bryant, but some fans thought that she was using the Tweet to take a shot at LeBron James and Klutch Sports.
Recently Jeanie Buss sat down for an interview with Mark Medina of NBA.com, where she was asked about the message behind that Tweet. She also clarified that the Tweet wasn't a shot at LeBron James and that her heart was simply "full of sadness".
NBA.com: You recently tweeted about Kobe Bryant. What prompted that thought and what’s the message behind it?
Jeanie Buss: We’re getting ready to start promoting our 10-part docuseries on Hulu and we’re immersed in all things Lakers. There are so many people I miss. But the person I miss the most is Kobe. We miss his voice, his friendship and everything that was taken away from us when we lost him. What I know is Laker fans feel the same way I do.
So when I feel down like that, I know when I say something, the response that I get makes me feel not alone. That’s how a community comes together to grieve. This grieving process with losing Kobe will go on for the rest of my life. It’s a void that can never be filled and was never expected.
When Phil [Jackson] left to go to the Knicks, the NBA made us sign a letter because we’re on two different teams. He said, ‘This means I can’t help you anymore. But you always have Kobe. Kobe has your back. Talk to him if you ever need advice. You’ll always have Kobe.’ That’s what Phil said to me. So, the idea that we don’t always have Kobe is hard to accept.
NBA.com: There was some interpretation on social media that this was an indirect message to LeBron or something pertaining to the offseason.
Jeanie Buss: No. It was that my heart was full of sadness. You look to people surrounding you that feel the same way to commiserate. That’s all it was. It wasn’t intended at anything other than I had sorrow in my heart and I was trying to lighten my load.
There is no doubt that Jeanie Buss isn't the only person that misses Kobe Bryant. He inspired many to pick up the sport of basketball, and Kobe Bryant will forever be remembered for his "Mamba Mentality".
The Los Angeles Lakers were a struggling team this year, missing the play-in tournament and the playoffs. Perhaps we'll see Jeanie Buss is able to lead the franchise back to contention, and she has already made a big decision in hiring Darvin Ham to give the team a new voice in the locker room. Hopefully, that hiring can turn things around for the Lakers next season, and we'll see how well they do next season.