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Los Angeles Lakers’ Buss Drama Just the Latest Family Upended by Business Decisions

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Jim Buss and his sister Jeanie Buss of the Los Angeles lakers attend a news conference where Dwight Howard was introduced as the newest member of the team ( Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Jim Buss and his sister Jeanie Buss of the Los Angeles lakers attend a news conference where Dwight Howard was introduced as the newest member of the team ( Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

 

Since longtime Laker owner Dr. Jerry Buss died in 2013, the Los Angeles Lakers have been going through the bleakest chapter in their history. (This year they’ve lost 2/3 of their games… and it’s a significant improvement on the previous season.) Ultimately, Laker exec Jeanie Buss decided to make a change: she fired her big brother, Jim. Here are some occasions where the family business led to uniquely awkward future family gatherings.

American film executive, producer, screenwriter and director Darryl F Zanuck (right), sits beside his wife, Virginia Fox Zanuck, and their two children, Darrylin and Richard Darryl, in a booth at the Stork Club in New York City. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
American film executive, producer, screenwriter and director Darryl F Zanuck (right), sits beside his wife, Virginia Fox Zanuck, and their two children, Darrylin and Richard Darryl, in a booth at the Stork Club in New York City. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

 

So Long, Son: Darryl F. Zanuck Fires Richard. Darryl was an Oscar-winning producer and studio executive with films including All About Eve and The Longest Day. Richard followed in his footsteps, also winning Oscars and making classics including Jaws. But Richard did detour from dad’s path on one occasion, because his father fired him from Fox after Richard greenlit box office bombs like Dr. Dolittle. Richard remained sympathetic to his parent’s situation: “It was hard to see my father go through that. I recovered from being fired, I don’t think he ever did.”

Creedence Clearwater Revival (left to right) Doug Clifford Tom Fogerty, Stu Cook and John Fogerty in London, England (Chris Walter/WireImage)
Creedence Clearwater Revival (left to right) Doug Clifford, Tom Fogerty, Stu Cook and John Fogerty in London, England (Chris Walter/WireImage)

 

Bad Moon Rising: Fogerty vs. Fogerty. It can be argued Creedence Clearwater Revival is America’s greatest rock band, and they might have produced even more classic music if not for spending as much time in court as recording. The tension was particularly intense between lead singer John Fogerty and his rhythm guitarist brother, Tom, who dropped out in 1971. (Their debut album had only come out in 1968.) While sibling band rivalries aren’t uncommon—see the Kinks and Oasis—they took it to a still unequalled level. Legal battles involving John, the rest of the band, and record labels resulted in a surreal moment when John was sued for plagiarizing one of his own songs. Tom even sued John directly, leading to such bitterness that they only started briefly speaking again before Tom’s 1990 death from AIDS. Writing about his brother 25 years later, John noted Tom’s “reasoning wasn’t based on the laws of the universe.”

Chicago Black Hawks player Doug Gilmour (Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
Chicago Black Hawks player Doug Gilmour (Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

Deal’s a Deal: Doug Gilmour Gets and Gives Away a Son. As general manager of the Kingston Frontenacs, in 2013 the retired NHL Hall of Fame player Doug Gilmour had the pride of drafting his 16-year-old son, Jake. Then he immediately traded him to the Niagara IceDogs. Doug later explained the move this way: “If he played in Kingston, people would say you’re only there because of your dad. I said: ‘Jake, I want you to play in a situation where you’re on your own and you make it on your own,’ and his mother agreed.”

James and Charles Dolan (Getty Images)
James and Charles Dolan (Getty Images)

 

Knicks Getting Nasty: A Family Fight. Owner Jim Dolan is a Knick with a knack for picking battles best avoided, such as disastrously sending a sexual harassment suit to trial and losing huge. Most recently, he briefly issued a Madison Square Garden ban for life on beloved former player Charles Oakley. Then again, maybe Oak should take this as a sign of affection, because Dolan’s even been involved in an epic power struggle with his own father. This proved an all too rare win for Jim, who convinced Cablevision’s directors to put the the Voom satellite business up for sale over his father’s objections.

Charles B. Kushner is flanked by his wife, Seryl Beth, left, and his attorney Alfred DeCotiis as he arrives at the Newark Federal Court for sentencing. March 4, 2005. (Marko Georgiev/AP Photo)
Charles B. Kushner is flanked by his wife, Seryl Beth, left, and his attorney Alfred DeCotiis as he arrives at the Newark Federal Court for sentencing. March 4, 2005. (Marko Georgiev/AP Photo)

 

Worst Gift Ever: Kushner Craziness. Ivanka Trump’s father-in-law’s battle with his sister’s husband took several twists that are too strange for fiction. A feud over some of the family businesses led New Jersey real estate mogul Charles Kushner to hire a prostitute to seduce his brother-in-law. He also recorded it, sending the tape to his sister. He wound up going to prison for related charges and—to ensure maximum weirdness—was prosecuted by Donald Trump’s future presidential opponent, Chris Christie, all setting the stage for the worst Thanksgiving ever.

—Sean Cunningham for RealClearLife