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Report: Jeanie Buss values Linda Rambis’ opinion the most in Lakers organization

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Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss reportedly values Linda Rambis’ opinion the most in the organization, according to Dave McMenamin and Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.

Linda is the wife of senior basketball adviser Kurt Rambis, who played for the Lakers back in the day. There’s a sense in Los Angeles that Buss trusts Linda even more after Magic Johnson stepped down from his president role, a move no one inside the organization saw coming:

Jeanie Buss respects advice from senior basketball adviser Kurt Rambis — Linda’s husband and a former Laker — as well as Johnson, Bryant and Phil Jackson. But it’s Linda Rambis’ opinion Buss has long valued the most, according to league and team sources. Many believe Buss has leaned on Rambis even more after Johnson blindsided the organization with his resignation.

The Lakers reportedly hired former Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic head coach Frank Vogel on Saturday. Former NBA point guard and Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd will be Vogel’s lead assistant coach. Linda Rambis reportedly played a big part in LA hiring Vogel after talks between Tyronn Lue fell apart.

The Lakers haven’t made the playoffs since 2013. This is a big summer for the Purple and Gold. They have cap space to sign a star player next to LeBron James. Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker and Jimmy Butler all become free agents this summer.

LA is also expected to try to trade for New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis again after failing to acquire him at the February trade deadline.