Irving Azoff floated an idea in 2017 to Jeanie Buss and Linda Rambis about the Los Angeles Lakers moving back to the Forum.
“Heres my dream,” Azoff emailed Buss and Rambis on June 14, 2017. “Rebuild the forum from scratch. Lakers plus music. boom.”
Azoff appeared motivated to bring the Lakers in as a way of blocking Steve Ballmer from building an arena in Inglewood for the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Lakers, however, are believed to be discussing an extension to their Staples Center lease that runs through the 24-25 season.
“MSG approached the Lakers about the possibility of returning to the Forum following the end of our Lease at Staples Center in 2025, but nothing came from the discussions,” the Lakers said in a statement.
Buss responded a half-hour later to the email from Azoff, who has close business ties with the Forum and its owner, Madison Square Garden Co., the New York-based sports and entertainment giant.
“I think about the vision you and [wife] Shelli had when you re-imagined the Forum and how you made it happen,” Buss wrote. “I believe you can do anything.”
The Lakers left the Forum for Staples Center in 1999.
In a statement, MSG said it “approached the Lakers about the possibility of repurposing the Forum in the future to accommodate basketball once again, but ultimately nothing came of it.”