As Jeanie graciously answered questions about the team's first year with Time Warner Cable SportsNet, Jackson sat quietly.
"[Time Warner] exceeded even beyond our wildest expectations; the amount of time and coverage that the team received was really what our fan base had been asking for," said Buss. "I was very, very pleased."
"Phil is part of the organization, because of me," said Buss. "I just want Lakers fans to know, he is a part of it because he's part of my life and my family. He's always in Laker world, no matter if he has an official position or not."
Jackson does have a semi-official title as "trophy"-fiancé.
"You've got that right," said the Lakers' former coach. "I'm just supporting Jeanie in the decisions that are important for the ballclub to make, whatever that is. I'm backing her, trying to find a way to bring the team back to prominence."
Jerry Buss left the franchise to his six children, with son Jim Buss in charge of basketball operations — and Jeanie in charge of business operations.
The basketball operations department is not asking the business operations department for advice.
"[The Lakers] have a basketball management group with Mitch and her brother working on one end, and she kind of balances that off by bouncing it off my head once in a while to see what I think about it," said Jackson.
As far as the people actually making the decisions, Jackson rarely has direct contact.
"Outside out of seeing him [in November], I haven't seen Jim since then," he said, although both attended Jerry Buss' memorial service in February.
The meeting in November seemed to go well, with Jackson mulling over a possible return to coaching. Instead, Kupchak called Jackson late on Sunday night to let him know that the team had gone with D'Antoni.
"To be honest with you, I think he was upset I woke him up," joked Kupchak at the event Wednesday, held downtown at the Vibiana. "Other than that, I don't think there's anything there."
Jeanie Buss didn't take it quite so flippantly.
"I was not happy with how things happened," Buss said. "I just think that that was a difficult process to go through. Yeah I was disappointed, but I'm biased. I don't think anybody would judge me to say that [Phil] is the best coach in the entire world — that's my prerogative to feel that way."
While Jerry Buss was the final say on D'Antoni, the only obstacle to bringing Jackson back now is Jim Buss. That and the two years D'Antoni has left on his contract.