The venerable Lakers owner died last year, leaving an obvious void at the top of the team's hierarchy and prompting an addition to this year's search:
She will have added input in finding
Lakers executives Jim Buss and
"Jeanie's involved in the process of finding him," said a person familiar with the situation.
As team governor, Jeanie holds the highest position in the franchise, a role she assumed after her father's death.
The Lakers could ultimately meet with 10 coaching candidates but once the two Buss siblings and Kupchak narrow the field dramatically, a recommendation will be presented to the other four Buss siblings — Joey, Jesse, Johnny Buss and Janie Buss Drexel. There will not necessarily be a vote, but it will be a time for the other siblings to ask questions or voice any vehement objections.
"This process is going to involve the Buss family," said the person with knowledge of the arrangement.
The six siblings comprise the Lakers' ownership team, as per terms of Jerry Buss' trust.
The team has been without a coach for four weeks and isn't committed to getting one in place before the June 26 draft.
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Three of the team's last four coaches have resigned or been fired before their contracts expired.