The influence of Linda Rambis within the Los Angeles Lakers'  franchise has received more attention in recent months following the departure of Magic Johnson.

Linda Rambis is the wife of Kurt Rambis and she is considered the closest friend and confidant of Jeanie Buss.

One front-office staffer said Linda Rambis enjoys the "shadow owner" of the Lakers' moniker, noting: "She loves it," and that "she controls and manipulates Jeanie."  

Linda Rambis is also an ardent support and ally of Rob Pelinka for reasons some staffers don't fully understand.

"Nobody gets it," one coaching staff member said.