Jeanie Buss Files Restraining Order Against Brothers In Newest Laker Drama

EL SEGUNDO CA- FEBRUARY 27 Magic Johnson and Jeannie Buss of the Los Angeles Lakers pose during the 2016-2017 Los Angeles Lakers team

The subsequent counter-strike from Jim Buss, along with Johnny, was to try to elect a new Lakers board of directors next week. "This is a legal strategy doomed to failure".

The Los Angeles Lakers have a game Friday night against the rival Boston Celtics, but that was a secondary storyline after the news that broke earlier in the day.

It seems that Jim and Johnny want to have full control to the Lakers' franchise.

Jeanie Buss and her lawyers thwarted a move by brothers Jim Buss and Johnny Buss to take over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.

If Jeanie Buss is not elected to the board, she can not be elected controlling owner, her court papers state.

The petition claims Johnny Buss, who is also part owner, recently notified his sister of a proposed slate of four members for the Lakers board that included himself and his brother, but not Jeannie.

After Buss and her lawyers sought the restraining order, the brothers withdrew the request for a meeting, which in turn led to her lawyers withdrawing the motion for the restraining order. Meanwhile, Johnny Buss still oversees corporate development for the franchise.

And while Sacks said his clients "fully support" Jeanie, he couldn't explain why Jeanie's name was left off the list of directors they proposed. "A new Controlling Owner would have the power to make changes that could cause serious and irreversible damage to the Lakers basketball team and to the brand, particularly at this key juncture when Petitioner has taken significant steps to attempt to reverse the harm done by Jim".

A probate court trial to resolve the dispute is scheduled for May.

The Lakers transition into the Magic Johnson era has begun, but it appears as though the Buss brothers aren't going to back away and let Jeanie and Magic take control without a prolonged fight.

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