LOS ANGELES (TNS) — Jeanie Buss has thwarted an effort by her brothers, Jim and Johnny, to oust her as the Lakers president and controlling owner as the behind the scenes battle for control of the franchise moved into the courtroom.

Attorneys for Jeanie Buss sought a temporary restraining order in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Friday to prevent the brothers from holding a meeting next week to elect a new board of directors for the team. The brothers proposed four directors, according to court records, but didn’t include her. In order to be the controlling owner, she has to be a director.

“This is no doubt the beginning and not the end of the game-playing,” Adam Streisand, the attorney for Jeanie Buss, told The Times. “They don’t have a legal leg to stand on. This is a legal strategy doomed for failure.”

The brothers withdrew the request Friday after Jeanie Buss asked for the restraining order. Her attorneys withdrew the motion for the restraining order, as well.

Two weeks ago, Jeanie Buss removed Jim Buss from his role as Lakers vice president of basketball operations as part of wide-ranging changes that included naming Magic Johnson president of basketball operations. Johnny Buss oversees corporate development for the Lakers.

“An injunction is necessary to prevent irreparable injury to the Lakers,” the court filing said. “A new Controlling Owner would have the power to make changes that could cause serious and irreversible damage to the Lakers basketball team and to the brand, particularly at this key juncture when Petitioner has taken significant steps to attempt to reverse the harm done by Jim.”

The court documents said the move by the brothers is “motivated as retaliation.”

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Streisand, who represented Steve Ballmer during the court fight with Donald Sterling in 2014 over the $2-billion sale of the Clippers, doesn’t expect the effort to be successful, but warned of the consequences if they wrested control of the team.

“Everything she’s trying to do could be undone,” Streisand said.

Jeanie Buss took control of the franchise after the death of her father, Jerry Buss, in 2013.

The family trust that controls the team can elect three of the board’s five members. It mandates that the co-trustees — Johnny and Jim — take all actions to ensure Jeanie Buss remains controlling owner of the Lakers.

A probate court trial to resolve the matter is scheduled for May.

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