Buss also had expressed frustration on the working dynamic with her brother, executive Jim Buss, partly because of Jackson’s snub. Jackson has since become the New York Knicks’ president and has overseen a league-worst 5-30 record.“Neither of us are comfortable where we are. But he’s in it and very fulfilled by his job,” Jeanie Buss said of Jackson. “He knows what he wants to accomplish and I have faith he will do that. I have faith the Lakers will get back.”Nearly two years has passed since her dad, the late Lakers owner Jerry Buss, passed away. Since then, Jeanie reports that she and Jim Buss “complement each other well.” Jeanie oversees the Lakers’ business operations and is the team governor, while Jim is the vice president of basketball operations and works with general manager Mitch Kupchak. “I support him,” Jeanie Buss said of Jim. “He knows that whatever he needs, all he needs to do is pick up the phone.”Jim has said publicly he would step down if the Lakers do not become a Western Conference contender within three years. “I don’t think it will be a concern,” Jeanie Buss said. “By three years, we will be where we should be in terms of the Western Conference. That’s a challenge he presented to himself.”Will Jeanie hold Jim accountable if the Lakers fail to meet that timeline?“Of course,” Jeanie said. “But do I see that happening? I don’t. Given all the resources that we have, our legacy and who our head coach is and who our front office is, I don’t see any problem progressing to where we need to be. We’ll be in the Western Conference finals in three years. “As long as you have Kobe Bryant on your team, anything can happen in the playoffs.”But Bryant’s contract expires following the 2015-16 season, and he has currently suggested he will retire afterwards.“All I ask of Kobe Bryant is that he knows in his heart when he’s done playing,” Jeanie Buss said. “There’s too many guys who think they’re ready and then they miss it and try to come back.”How quickly the Lakers adjust to life after Bryant seems challenging for obvious reasons.The Lakers struck out on their free agency pitches to LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony this offseason. Jeanie Buss still touted the Lakers’ strong global brand. She also took an active role in participating as part of the Lakers’ free agency pitch to Anthony. But Jeanie Buss deferred to the Lakers’ front office on whether the Lakers can strike the correct balance in pursuing marquee free agents while signing dependable role players. “That becomes more of a complex issue on how to fit a roster,” Jeanie Buss said. “I leave that to our front office. But whatever tools they need to be successful, that’s my job.”Jeanie Buss strongly said one of those tools does not involve tanking, despite Magic Johnson’s public wish for the Lakers to lose every game so they can keep their top-5 protected first-round pick they owe to the Phoenix Suns as part of the Steve Nash trade.“How would Magic feel if he was on a team and someone would say, ‘Magic I wish your team would lose every game?’” Jeanie Buss recalled asking a friend close to the former Lakers icon. “Magic said, ‘If he were on the team, he wouldn’t be losing.’ That’s where you have to think. Do you think Kobe Bryant is capable of not trying 100 percent? That’s where it doesn’t make sense to me where tanking is a plan. It’s not a plan.” Buss defended the Lakers’ plan to sign Bryant to a two-year, $48.5 million extension. Though it gave the Lakers only enough cap space to sign one player at a max-level contract, Buss touted the benefits of Bryant’s skill-set, marketing and the message the team sent by taking care of a player who helped the Lakers win five NBA championships through 19 seasons.“It was the best way to spend the money we had,” Jeanie Buss said. “I think 90 percent of the teams in the NBA would take Kobe Bryant for that amount of money. They have $24 million worth of players that they would gladly trade for Kobe Bryant. I stand behind that decision.”Jeanie Buss also said she stands behind the Lakers.“We’re just in a cycle,” Jeanie Buss said. “We’re headed in the right direction and we’re committed to a coach. We’ll watch it pay off slowly as players get used to playing with each other.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jeanie Buss expressed patience and support, even as the Lakers’ president reflected on several issues that leave the purple and gold far away from achieving their championship standard. The Lakers (11-24) enter Wednesday’s designated road game against the Clippers (23-12) at Staples Center on pace for their worst record in franchise history. “Our record doesn’t show what we’d like it to be. But I like what coach Byron Scott is doing and establishing,” Buss said Tuesday before the Lakers’ All-Access event at Staples Center, hosted by the LA Sports & Entertainment Commission. “I believe in what he’s trying to do and I see improvement all the time. I support our front office. I support our coach. I support our players.”Buss hardly expressed such sentiments when Mike D’Antoni coached the Lakers the past two seasons. She had remained vocal about wanting the Lakers’ front office to hire Phil Jackson, both because of his 11 NBA championships and because she remains his longtime companion.