Some of the most prominent women in the world of sports and journalism were in attendance Wednesday at the 8th Annual espnW Women + Sports Summit in Newport Beach, CA.
Among those were ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Controlling Owner and President of the Los Angeles Lakers, Jeanie Buss. Shelburne, like most NBA fans, wanted to know how the daughter of the late-great Jerry Buss was adjusting to her new role.
In particular, Shelburne asked about life with the Ball family and working with Magic Johnson. Buss had this to say:
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.
You can watch the interview in its entirety below: