So, if LeBron’s misalignment with Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka didn’t already cause concern…
Lakers owner Jeanie Buss is reportedly standing by Pelinka and consulting Jackson.
Pelinka, for example, the longtime agent for Bryant and close friend of Buss, who sources say still has her full support and trust.
Sources say Jackson, the Lakers legend and ex-fiancé of Buss, whose presence at Saturday’s win against Golden State was highlighted by the team’s Twitter account, has been in frequent contact with Buss about team matters all season long. The complicated and often uncomfortable dynamics surrounding the Westbrook situation, in particular, are known to have drawn his interest.
It’s unsurprising Buss still holds loyalty toward Jackson, a two-time former Lakers coach and Buss’s former fiancé. The 11-time-champion coach (six with the Bulls, five with the Lakers) might even offer sound advice, especially with the Russell Westbrook fiasco. Jackson has plenty of experience managing players’ egos.
But after Jackson’s stint running the Knicks, it’s tough to trust that his basketball wisdom extends meaningfully enough into 2022.
We’ll see how long LeBron wants to go round and round.