Jenny Boss has never kept it a secret about her desire to manage Lakers As a family business, because her father used to work that way. Dr. Jerry Boss put Jenny in charge of business decisions and her brother Jim in charge of the basketball team, and he modeled how Jenny would handle her leadership of the Lakers.
In an interview with Sam Amick of the athleteJenny Boss noted that the Hulu documentary series “Legacy” is trying to paint that family portrait of the Lakers:
I think[the show]helps people understand our process, and what our commitment is to the legacy of (her father, the late Dr. Jerry Boss), which was to make the Lakers the best team in the NBA.” …There is a lot of personal stuff, but that’s just kind of the way my family works. And I think this process has been very healing, especially for the things that have happened in the last few years with my siblings, and it has brought us all together.
Ever since she ousted Jim in 2017 (probably one of the “things that’s happened in the last few years with my siblings”), Jenny Boss has surrounded herself in the Lakers front office with either immediate family members or people she considers family members. It started with Magic Johnson, the guy you’ve known since they were both teens, and who you think is a brother. Join Magic Rob Pelinka, whose closeness to Kobe Bryant for over a decade has made him a natural extension of the Lakers family. Not only could Boss trust these two people, but they also had basketball credentials – Magic as a player and public figure in the NBA, and Pelinka as an agent – that ostensibly qualified them to fill their positions.
But the working relationship between Magic and Pelinka soured very quickly, and to fill the power vacuum left by the head of basketball operations, Boss did not venture outside her circle. And this time, the good intentions of the people who were entrusted with power were even more deceiving.
Kurt Rampes, who returned to the team as a senior basketball advisor in 2018 after the Magic stepped down, had no front office experience prior to this role. He was also a terrible coach in the NBAHe only achieved success as an assistant when he was on the same seat as Phil Jackson. Rampes’ most attractive trait when Boss brought him in is probably his marriage to Linda Rampes, who happens to be one of Jenny’s closest friends.
Jenny and Linda have known each other for decades, and became friends when Dr. Boss dated Linda’s sister Debbie before he bought the Lakers. In that regard, Linda’s position as “special projects executive” isn’t terribly noteworthy because her role, according to Jenny Boss, is to help the players adjust to LA after signing. Boss vehemently denied that Linda Rampes was involved in any kind of basketball decision-making. But Linda is her advisor, and– In the NBA long-time Mark Stein – She’s also part of the Lakers’ mental trust quadruple alongside her husband, Jenny, and Pelinka.
People in authority are allowed to make decisions as they see fit. Just because most of the rest of the NBA employs a different front office structure than the Lakers, that doesn’t mean the Lakers have to follow suit. But being different only works when that success follows, and the Lakers haven’t had enough wins in the Boss tenure.
So Buss runs the league’s most popular franchise, has an unorthodox way of filling positions of power, and has watched her team become something of a laughing stock in recent years. This seems to invite some criticism, or at least an questioning of her business practices, but as I told Boss Amick in the interview above, she doesn’t understand why this happened:
For me, I think we’ve always been an open book. We never tried to hide anything. Then there’s this fascination with the role of Linda and Kurt (Rampis). Where did they come from (laughs)? As if they weren’t there (the whole time). As if I’m hiding them all these contracts or something (I still laugh). So I don’t know what led to that, what made people curious.
There is a break in Buss’ comments. If the Lakers were an open book, the roles and responsibilities of Linda and Kurt Rampes would be crystal clear. Instead, we hear Rumors of “Shadow Executives”And the People within the organization itself are confused about the level of influence wielded by Linda Rampes. Of course there will be questions from the general public when team personnel do not understand the situation.
Furthermore, if Buss wants the Lakers fan base to be passionate about the team, curiosity comes with that passion. Kurt and Linda Rampes are two of the highest-ranking individuals in the front office; Just as Pelinka receives criticism, so should other decision makers.
as long LeBron James has questions about what exactly the Lakers are doingIt makes sense that everyone would do it. Naturally, these questions include the Rambys during their tenure in positions of power.