Linda Rambis, the close friend of Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss, is reportedly viewed by many in the NBA as someone who has a great deal of power and influence within the Lakers' front office.
According to ESPN's Amin Elhassan (h/t Dan Feldman of NBC Sports), there are some in the NBA who consider Rambis the "shadow owner" of the Lakers: "Some agents and GMs around the league have dubbed her the shadow owner of the Lakers, that everything goes through Linda Rambis, and if you want to convince Jeanie of something, you've got to get Linda first."
Rambis is the wife of former Lakers player and assistant coach Kurt Rambis, who has long been friends with former Lakers head coach Phil Jackson.
Amid a coaching search that most notably features Williams and Tyronn Lue as candidates, Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times reported there is a push for Kurt Rambis to be installed as either associate head coach or assistant general manager.
On the heels of Magic Johnson stepping down as president of basketball operations and the Lakers parting ways with Luke Walton as head coach, Buss and general manager Rob Pelinka are leading the head coaching search, although it seems both Linda and Kurt Rambis have a significant hand in the venture as well.