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Not Many Fathers Get to Fire the Boyfriend

Times Staff Writer

Talk about being in a tough spot. Because of Jeanie Buss’ father, her boyfriend, Phil Jackson, no longer has a job.

“I’m not the first woman whose boyfriend and father don’t get along,” Buss said at a recent L.A. Sports and Entertainment Commission “Basketball 101" seminar at Staples Center.

She added, “I’m now the national spokesperson for not mixing business and pleasure.”

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Trivia time: Jeanie Buss, the Lakers’ executive vice president of business operations, in 1993 was named executive of the year by what sports league?

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Basketball pioneer: Tex Winter, 80, another participant in the “Basketball 101" seminar, spent 57 years in coaching.

“I didn’t invent the game of basketball, but I was there to hold the ladder for James Naismith,” he said.

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Essence of the game: Winter, maybe best known for developing the triangle offense, said at the seminar, “Basketball is a game of geometry.”

Replied John Salley, “I thought it was a game of egotistical maniacs.”

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A different style: Regarding a recent Morning Briefing item on former Laker Jim McMillian, a reader, Judge Kelvin D. Filer, e-mailed that when McMillian played his first game as a rookie, he went into the game with his shorts on backward.

Filer recalls Chick Hearn saying, “This All-American from Columbia, who was also an Academic All-American with a B+ average ... has his pants on backward!”

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Dishing it out: Reader Dick Van Kirk recalls this exchange between Hearn and broadcast partner Lynn Shackelford about plans for the off-season.

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Shackelford: “My wife and I are going to Red China.”

Hearn: “Why are you going to Red China?”

Shackelford: “Because we’re tired of our blue China.”

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A perfect fit: Reader Alex Kaseberg says he got an e-mail announcing that 2004 Boston Red Sox World Series championship jackets were available.

“And, for a limited time, if you buy two Red Sox jackets, you get one official New York Yankee choke collar, free,” he said.

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Just plain ugly: In the November issue of GQ, Paul Lukas lists the best and worst sports uniforms. In the worst category are the Cincinnati Bengals’ uniforms of recent vintage.

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“The basic concept of adorning a helmet with stripes instead of a logo is a good idea,” Lukas wrote. “Stripes on the shoulders and pants sound OK too. So why is the result such an eyesore?”

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Looking back: On this day in 1968, Red Berenson scored six goals to lead the St. Louis Blues to an 8-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Trivia time: Roller Hockey International. Buss was the owner of the Los Angeles Blades.

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And finally: Oakland Raider receiver Jerry Porter, in the San Francisco Chronicle, said after last Sunday’s 42-14 loss to the San Diego Chargers, “We’ve got a great team on paper, but that paper has already been through the shredder.”

Larry Stewart can be reached at larry.stewart@latimes.com.

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