Los Angeles Lakers co-owner and former Vice President of Basketball Operations Jim Buss learned the hard way this season that his sister, Team Governor Jeanie Buss, doesn’t mess around when it comes to her team.
Jeanie Buss easily thwarted Jim and Johnny Buss’ attempt at a coup to take over the team in court, and forced her remaining siblings to basically make her Governor for Life” (patent pending).
During an appearance on the “Open Run” podcast, she offered a warning for anyone else thinking of trying anything similar.
"If anybody messes with the Lakers, that's when the dragons come out. That's when it becomes Game of Thrones,” Jeanie Buss said. “As Kobe said to me 'off with their heads.'“
So the real headline here maybe should have been “Kobe Bryant suggests Jeanie Buss try decapitation as a legal strategy,” but we aren’t that kind of blog.
With this analogy, it is getting harder and harder to ignore the similarities between Jeanie Buss and Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones.
Both of them had to oust (reportedly) incompetent brothers in order to take their throne. Both have about a million titles, and both have found success working in a traditionally male-dominated industry.
Last but not least, both posed nude before gaining their massive following (I’m not posting the pictures because we aren’t that kind of blog, either).
Back on the podcast, Jeanie Buss also explained why she wanted to move so swiftly against her brothers, or anyone else who would think about trying to take her team.
“That's what you do. When you make a move it has to be clear and decisive and done. You don't mess around with it. I think I showed that,” Jeanie Buss said. “That's why it's done and behind us and we're moving forward, and I couldn't be more optimistic about things."
The Lakers still have a long path back to relevancy, but if Jeanie Buss is truly the proverbial Mother of Dragons from the Game of Thrones novels/TV show, then the Lakers may have the right person to lead them forward.
Maybe Magic Johnson is their Jon Snow, and together they can stave off the winter that’s been coming for the Lakers over the last several years.
Harrison Faigen is co-host of the Locked on Lakers podcast (subscribe here), and you can follow him on Twitter at @hmfaigen.