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Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Jerry Buss explains it all

Earlier in the season, we spoke with Lakers executive vice president of business operations Jeanie Buss, and touched on a wide variety of issues including reports of family tension perhaps strong enough it could lead to the departure of Phil Jackson after this season.

She said such talk was totally overblown.

Today, in an interview with Steve Springer for, owner Jerry Buss the lack of an extension for Jackson isn't a question of internal strife:
Q: There was a claim in a recent Internet story that, because of the failure of the Lakers to offer Phil Jackson a contract extension to this point, there is a tension among members of the Buss family. Is that true?

A: We really want to get through the year and then take a deep breath and see where we are. If I were to go to Phil right now and say, "Will you coach next year?" he'd say, "Well, let's wait until the end of the year and see how I feel." So, I don't think it causes any tension. I know I have to wait until season's end before a discussion begins.

We'll have a lot more on this, including a conversation with Springer for our new podcast posting this afternoon, but a few quick thoughts: