LA Lakers

Jeanie Buss on drafting Lonzo Ball and his father Lavar

Credit Photo by Brad Graverson/SCNG

Jeanie Buss
Controlling Owner and President of the Los Angeles Lakers

On drafting Lonzo Ball:
I can’t remember anybody with more hype going into the draft except for Magic Johnson. Now we have a kid, born and raised in Los Angeles, and that’s exciting for our fans, and for us, to know that we have someone that really represents the city. It seemed like I was watching a movie. It was really special and a great opportunity for him and us.

Her thoughts on Lavar Ball:
The day of the press conference after the draft, we flew them back to LA so I got to meet him in my office face to face. He’s a dad who loves his children, and I have to admire that. It’s a joy to work with him and his family. But I won’t be wearing Big Baller Brand because I have to stay neutral.

On hiring Magic Johnson:
My dad always thought that Irving and I would run the team together some day. It was just kind of fitting that he and I would come back together. We speak the same language because we were kind of raised by the same man. We are of like mind.

Stephanie McMahon
Chief Brand Officer, WWE

On getting into the family business:
I never saw gender as a barrier, and I think it’s so important that women have those roles. I saw my mom as a CEO and never thought there wasn’t an opportunity to be a CEO. I always saw myself working in the family business, but I didn’t know how. I started as an Account Executive in the sales office, and I was way too passionate about our business. That’s when I fell in love with the creative. I then spent three months in my mom’s office— I know it was a privilege, and I was able to ask all of the questions I wanted. I later transitioned to the writing team and took it from 2 people to 12 and went on to be the first woman to launch our digital department.

On online bullying:
I do my best to ignore it but sometimes it does bother me. I value other people’s opinions and I think sometimes you just have to sift the negative out, not focus on it. When you are looking at social media, even for your business, focus on the bigger themes because otherwise you can get bogged down with the details.

Credit espnW Women and Sports Summit for the content.

To Top