Los Angeles Lakers president Jeanie Buss discusses the Pau Gasol trade, her relationship with Kobe Bryant and more in an exclusive interview with Rob Perez for the Action Network

The interview had some interesting Q&A’s, one of them being about the secret tunnels inside the Staples Center. 

WOB: Before I forget to ask, are there actually secret tunnels inside STAPLES Center?

JB: I know all of the shortcuts, let’s put it that way. It’s important when you have a big game or a big moment, and you need to duck out … I can lead you there.

Also some interesting comments about her and Kobe’s relationship. 

WOB: What did it mean when Kobe referred to you as ‘The Mother of Dragons’?

JB: Kobe is somebody who I met when he was 17. I was so impressed with him and his maturity. I’ve watched him grow up through all those years. He is one of the most strategic, thoughtful people I’ve ever dealt with.

When I was struggling with some decisions I had to make that I wasn’t comfortable with, he’s been an ear and a shoulder that I can bounce things off of. The friendship we have is — [let’s just say] he’s got a special place in my heart. I know he’s always there for me as I will always be there for him. With anything. I’m lucky he’s a lifetime Laker.

With the addition of LeBron, the Lakers are really fully back, and at the forefront of the NBA.  A few years ago no one would have cared what Jeanie had to say. 

But when you talk about secret tunnels, the imagination goes wild.