1/6/04 SbB EXCLUSIVE - BUSS STOPPED: NBC recently announced it was planning a drama series pilot loosely based on the life of Jeanie Buss.
Buss is the daughter of Lakers Owner Jerry Buss, a former Playboy model and currently VP of Business Operations for the Lakers:
But has learned that it’s unlikely that the project, tentatively titled "Courtside," will be produced.
has also obtained excerpts from the script that was originally planned for production. The dialogue and background are authored by Audrey Wells. Wells’ writing credits include "The Truth About Cats & Dogs," "Shall We Dance?" and "Guinevere." Note the similarities in this April 30 column by T.J. Simers of the LOS ANGELES TIMES and the plotline of the scene. Show Background: "For the most part players are just in the background, godlike beings playings the game. One player is portrayed negatively. I guess he is like Kobe: sullen, aloof. But that is the extent of his sins: nothing like rape or rampant infidelity suggested! "Anyway, Jackie (Jeannie Buss character) asks him at halftime to maybe sign a ball for a kid in the stands who recently lost his mom. He doesn’t say a word as she does her pitch. As she walks away, she mutters "a