The Los Angeles Lakers were able to avoid a potentially lengthy series of court dates between Jim and Jeanie Buss when the former backed out as a trustee Monday morning, with the other Buss siblings reportedly signing documents to make sure they do everything in their power to keep it that way.
And while the Lakers’ ownership situation being tied up in court would have been bad for the team, it also would have been a poor look for the league, which is probably why Adam Silver released a statement that he was happy to see Jeanie Buss remain in charge of the team soon after the reports came in that Jim Buss would step away.
“We are pleased that this matter has been resolved,” Silver told Ramona Shelburne of ESPN. “Jeanie is as knowledgeable and experienced as any owner in sports and the Lakers are in great hands.”
To some degree Silver probably has to same something like this, but it has been interesting to see his office consistently support Jeanie Buss as the Lakers went through this latest drama, after doing the same when initial reports that Jim had attempt to take over came out.
So publicly siding with one side of a dispute at the top should at the very least let fans know how Silver and the NBA felt about the prospect of a Jim Buss controlled Lakers, and potentially offer optimism that the way things worked out is a better alternative.
Harrison Faigen is co-host of the Locked on Lakers podcast (subscribe here), and you can follow him on Twitter at @hmfaigen.