Obituaries

‘Flip’ Coca turned Lakers fandom into a career

By Easy Reader Staff

by Will Watson For over 20 years, Phillip “Flip” Coca served as Los Angeles Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss’ personal assistant. Although he retired from the Lakers in 2013, Flip remained close to the Lakers family, and was presented his final Championship Ring in 2020. A 2001 Los Angeles Times article about Buss notes that on game nights, “Buss’ personal assistant, Flip Coca, distributes the passes for the Chairman’s Room, making him the second-most powerful man in the suite.” The…